Pontiac GTO: Classic Muscle

Pontiac GTO: Classic Muscle

If a Pontiac GTO of any year or generation rolls down the street, you know it. There has always been something formidable and respectable about the look and build of the vehicle. Perhaps this stems from its unique origins. In 1957, the Automobile Manufacturers Association banned auto racing from certain divisions of the market. Pontiac, who had branded its vehicles as high performance racers, chose not to hide their heads after the ban, but instead rose to the challenge and took their cars down a new yet similar path: street performance. By fine tuning a design that could perform on the street with all the precision and power of a traditional racecar, the first Pontiac GTO was born.

Throughout the years, it has been synonymous with the idea of American Muscle Cars. Many people actually contend that it was the inspiration for the trend, and it would be hard to argue that point. With coupes and convertibles and eye-catching colors, the GTO will always be an impressive vehicle to see and drive.

Welcome to the Fourth Generation

In 2004, the fourth generation of Pontiac GTOs were launched. Only, this time, they were being manufactured overseas. No, not in Germany where so many great cars are born, but in Australia by a subsidiary company of GM known as Holden. The Australian developed Holden Monaro was rebadged as the new Pontiac GTO when shipped to American markets. This is actually not as unique a technique as it might sound – a previous blog entry of ours speaks of the Chevrolet SS 2014, which is actually a Holden Commodore (VF) in disguise – and it does not in any way detract from its craftsmanship.

There are, however, gaps in even the best of vehicles that roll off the production line. Improvements can be made here and there, and overall performance can certainly be enhanced. If you have a fourth – and last – generation Pontiac GTO (2004 to 2006), you can take it to the friendly and highly-knowledgeable high performance auto tuning specialists at HP Motorsports. We are proud to provide top-notch and affordable services to the people of Katy, Houston, and the surrounding area. Call us today at 281.231.9950 and ask about a free estimate. We can’t wait to start working with you.


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