• Apr 1, 2006

Add this one to the list of vehicles you'll see covered in New York: the Pontiac G6 GXP, performance edition of the G6 coupe. In addition to looking faster (Pontiac has given the GXP some racy body modifications), the GXP touts a 270 hp 3.6L V6 engine. This one's considered a concept vehicle, but don't be surprised to see it soon in showrooms near you. For lack of a photo, the current G6 coupe is shown.

[Source: The Car Connection]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      The camry has more than 270hp, when you use premium fuel in the 2gr-fe V6.
      The camry is as quick or quicker than the Impala SS.

      The pushrod 3.9 still doens't have enough power and torque so the modern 3.6.
      A better exhaust, new cams, direct injection? how is this more powerful than the CTS/STS with dual exhaust systems.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The new base Pontiac 1SV G6 with the I4 engine just barely edges out the base Honda VP and Camry Standard's 4 banger engines in both hp and torque. The 1SV offers a standard automatic, ties the Camry for most rear leg room, and has a standard tire setup that is beefier, all at a savings of $3,000 over the Asians at $16k. For equal pricing around $20k, you can move up to the G6 V6 and a 200hp engine, a vast improvement in performance over both the Asian's 4-cylinder models. By paying $2-3k more than the G6 V6 you get the Asians top of the line V6 models (the LX V6 and the XLE V6, respectively), but they are still beat out by the G6 GTP 240hp and 240lb torque V6. But in 2007 the XLE V6 has 268hp/248lb torque, albeit at a bloated $27,500, beating the GTP V6 which still is priced $4.5k savings over the Camry. It will be interesting to see if Pontiac takes the horsepower lead again with this GXP, while maintaining their pricing thousands less than the Asians.

      Try this site for a photo of the new GXP (sorry for the long link):

      http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://autoshow.edmunds.com/media/2004/sema/pontiac.g6/pontiac.g6.f34.500.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.edmunds.com/news/autoshow/articles/103584/page018.html&h=315&w=500&sz=63&tbnid=yJZ_JMuqetwFxM:&tbnh=80&tbnw=127&hl=en&start=13&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dpontiac%2Bgxp%26svnum%3D10%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26sa%3DG
      • 8 Years Ago
      Oops! Make that a 3.9L V6 -- presumably the same OHV 60-degree motor in the Malibu Maxx SS.
      • 8 Years Ago
      People will spend more money for a less powerful car if it's high quality, desirable, and has a decent residual value.

      Hello, GM?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Crappiest transmission I have ever driven. Grinds from first to second and second to third. Linkage sounds like it is disconnected.

      I am pursuing the lemon law because this thing is going to be worth nothing. I called GM and they basically said "oh well".
      • 8 Years Ago
      MR - that's why folks still prefer the BMW3 over the G35, IS, and TL.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Is the car with AWD? I hope so. If not, I certainly would not even test drive it, let alone buy it.

      Stoneman from

      Stoneman Auto Review

      http://www3.ns.sympatico.ca/sar
      far jr
      • 8 Years Ago
      #1 Walt, all information I have seen points toward the 3.6 DOHC motor which is a very fine engine. Not the value edition 3.9 OHV engine you note. Can you substatiate you information with a link to that information? Now if they get rid of the "truck-like-shifting" manual used on the GTP, I may take a closer look!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Insider says, "Chevy says the new Impala SS can hit 0-60 in 5.7 seconds "
      The Accord 270hp is supposed to hit the 6.5 mark.
      All i can find on the Camry is that it hits 60 at around 6.6 sec with 270hp?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Accounts differ on 3.6 vs. 3.9, but given the HP figure the 3.6 seems more likely. The 3.6 doesn't produce much more torque than the 3.9, but is a much smoother, nicer-sounding, more willing-to-rev engine.

      The 3.6 could be very nice in this car. Just please, please, please improve the shift linkage with the manual, and give the automatic more than four ratios.

      Finally, I wonder if the 3.6 weighs more or less than the 3.9. It has an aluminum block, but much larger heads.

      My review of the G6 GTP with both manual and automatic: http://www.epinions.com/content_195895725700
      • 8 Years Ago
      they should build it so they can kill off the 4 cyl. g6. since pontiac is trying to get back to its performance roots, the g6 gxp is a major step. to all the american built car haters: what you lack to see in an american built car, you can always see in an american car built by an asian or german company. i don't blame you for this because of the 80's mistakes of gm and ford and chrysler, but if you would observe the car and not its logo, then you will see its far better than what you think. if you can't then slap a honda logo on it then sing with praise. someone mentioned how can they manage all that power through the front wheels? the answer is Study the Grand Prix GXP and you will get your answer. and are they going to have optional navigation systems? yes in fact gm is offering them in the pontiac division as we speak. overall, after driving the Grand Prix GXP i would bet the G6 GXP will be just as hot a ride. but we all know that it will be judged poorly before and after it's been built and tested. yet if honda added the same formula to the Accord, i bet most will notice or call it a wonderful machine.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Cool, GM!
      Another car that would have been great in 2002!!!
      Only five years more to catch up, if the Asians have not finished buying up the brand names at bankruptcy auction before then.
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