GM went on the record today with the 2005 GTO price. The manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) is $32,995, which includes destination and freight charges of $700. An optional six-speed close-ratio manual transmission remains the only "extra cost" option at $695. For 50 more HP and your choice of hood scoop or non-hood scoop versions, I think it's great that the price hasn't budged.
EPA fuel economy for the GTO equipped with the optional six-speed manual transmission is an estimated 16 miles per gallon (mpg) in city and 25 mpg on the highway. A 2005 GTO with the four-speed automatic is rated at an estimated 16 mpg in city driving and 21 mpg on the highway. Only the automatic transmission is subject to a $1,300 federal gas guzzler tax.
All that means is to buy a GTO the way it is supposed to – with a stick (and actually save money).