• Apr 3rd 2006 at 6:24PM
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Pontiac will be whisking the cover off this G6 GXP at the New York Auto Show. Officially just a concept car, we're guessing the GXP will soon see production.

The GXP "performance series" badge first saw the light of day on Pontiac's 2003 Bonneville GXP, and later graced the performance model of the Grand Prix. A Solstice GXP will launch later this year.

The G6 GXP is meant to provide buyers with a more aggressive 2 2 coupe, with a full package of GXP mechanical and styling enhancements.

On the performance side, the GXP boasts a mildly reworked 3.9-liter V6 (270 hp, 250 lb-ft) coupled to a 6-speed manual transmission. The car rolls on 19-inch wheels providing a glimpse of cross-drilled brake rotors (after all, nothing says performance like brake disc holes). The suspension is lowered about an inch all around.

Styling-wise, the GXP gets a redesigned front fascia with integrated air dam, a couple of air scoops in the hood, side rocker panels, a new rear fascia sporting dual exhaustsand a faux diffuser, and a new "hammerhead"-design spoiler. The interior receives a red accent treatment, including red chrome trim. The Autoblog jury's still out on the grille (which looks to some of us like a shotgun wedding of Pontiac's "nostrils" and the Audi "waterfall"), but overall the package offers a nice performance upgrade for the G6.

All in all, a factory-edition tuner car. More pics after the jump.

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      • 9 Years Ago
      The car is already distinctive.. and a sport car coupe should be as well.. the Asians act like the only people in the world who can do tricked out sports cars. Well VW and GM have a surprise for everyone this year. I think the "letting the mantle go to the Japanese days are over with" We want to TAKE THEM OUT.. and not on a date! This is making Asian loyalists nervous and crazy. The tipping point will come when the coolness/reliability and features/cost will be undeniably other product. Frankly, Toyota is still trying make us all depressed with those snoozer designs..Honda is not as fat but still not really more than solid. So if GM makes reliable product with inspired designs the tipping point back to GM could be sooner than later. By the way.. an independent group has proven that the Toyota hybrid over it's life span is significantly more expensive than regular cars: so off with your Halo! Gm has FLEX fuel cars that use Ethanol and vroom! normally. I am sorry but all you asian automaker owner drivers look constipated in your cars. GM's sees your frigid state and is riding to the rescue!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Might as well rename it the Grand Am. Yuck.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I think this thing is awesome but still I think it sould at least, have the Ls1, or the LS6, or the Ls2. But anyway I think it's way too cool.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Coupe and no sedan? Talk about never learning.

      Some sites claimed this car would get the DOHC V6. Seems only Saturn will get that engine.

      I'd take the shifter in any color if it only felt great. But I fear this is the same awful shifter in the GTP, just with a red knob. A shame, as the basic G6 sheetmetal deserves to be paired with a top-notch powertrain and chassis.

      My review of the GTP with both transmissions: http://www.epinions.com/content_195895725700
      • 9 Years Ago
      BINGO,Joe you hit the nail on the head. If this thing doesnt look like it was penned by MANNY,MOE AND JACK I dont know what does!
      • 9 Years Ago
      So damn cool...
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      • 9 Years Ago
      To the first 20 comments may I ask: What's wrong with you people? A 270 hp, 250 lb-ft V6 for under 25k would have brought tears of joy to a true auto enthusiast. These comments must be from golden aged men and women drivers, wanting their anonymous Camry's. It's a sad day for an auto column, when a dynamic car, with great reliability, handling and mileage, gets panned by the first 20 writers, for a hood scoop!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Not bad. Lose the hood scoops (has Pontiac not learned anything?), shave down those rabbit teeth looking grills and apply these same traits to the sedan and it might be worth $22K.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The first thought that came into my mind was that it looked like a whale or an ugly dolphin, or some other hideous sea creature.

      That's quite tacky...but then again, 'tacky' has been Pontiac's trademark for the past decade.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Looks like a mini Batmobile.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Yeesh. I guess this is what the GTO taught Pontiac: that the company's customer base really does like plastic cladding and silly bodykits, after all.

      Unless Pontiac has seriously upgraded the 3.9-liter V6 and six-speed manual transmission, this car's looks are going to be horrendously out of step with its driving experience. In the GTP model, that 3.9 doesn't like to rev, and its six-speed is perhaps the junkiest-feeling manual on the market.

      In my opinion, the GTP model already looks aggressive enough, so Pontiac should just leave the looks alone. Then, the stylists' budget could be redirected to installing GM's freer-revving, better-sounding DOHC 3.6-liter V6. Without it, this car could suffer something of a legitimacy gap, to put it lightly.

      And GM, if you want enthusiasts to take this car seriously, you MUST change this six-speed's shift linkage. The Saab 9-3's would be an improvement. Or, heck, beg Honda for more powertrain scraps.

      I've been wanting to see the G6 deliver on its "sport-sedan" promises since its release, but each new model--first the GT, then the GTP, and now this--has stopped well short of that goal.
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