Today I went to the Auto Show in Motion
and I must say it was the MOST FUN I'VE EVER HAD!
Among the cars I got to drive were: Bonneville GXP, Grand Prix GTP Comp G, GTO, Corvette, and the H2.
In terms of ergonomics, I would assume that the GXP is similar or identical to '00 and younger Bonnies now with bucket seats. That said, they were very supportive, however, I have to admit I think I prefer the leather buckets in the 92-99 generation. The steering wheel, in my opinion, could also use some help for those of us who hold the wheel at 9 and 3 o'clock. The 92-99 wheels were perfect in this regard, but on the GXP (and I assume all '00+ models) my palms just couldn't seat themselves well.
What a glorious, glorious machine! On startup, there is a very nice, rumbly growl, then quickly fades to silence
(well, the windows were down and music was blaring outside, so maybe not total silence as far as I could tell). But tip your right foot into it, and it just comes alive! What a noise it is - like a concert baritone. So deep, so pure, utterly amazing sound. In drive, the transmission is smooth (though I can't give any honest impressions since the track was so short, it barely ever made it even to second). At wide open throttle, it is pure music to the ears. I could sit in that car and rev that puppy all day, it'* that good.
Actually driving it, the steering is responsive, if not a touch on the heavy side (not like driving a Buick), but definitely provides enough feedback to what the front wheels are doing. The car rolls a bit more than I would prefer - defintely more than the Comp G. Brakes are excellent for a Bonneville, but the Comp G'* are far better. Pedal feel is a tad spongy, but effort is low (compared to my car, anyway).
The overall handling characteristic is UNDERSTEER, and I managed to plow through two cones on my first run. Subsequent runs I got to know her better, and the more I drove it, the more I fell in love with it. I don't care for the plasticy faux-carbon fiber interior, but this car definitely has me hooked.
I wish I had some footage of me driving her, but I was just too immersed in the driving experience, and me and my friend were limited on time. We defintely got some good runs in on the Comp G, and once I clear some webspace, I'll post up a small clip. The clips I have were shot on the video mode of a Canon G2, therefore the still images I have aren't that great (by my photography standards), and the video and audio are downright deplorable. I'm definitely going to the next show in Philadelphia, and will bring a proper camcorder, so I'll have the full run-through for all you guys. In the meantime, all I have to offer is at the bottom of the page...
Yup, that was my steed (actually, one of three)
The white one is out on the track
Oh yeah, I got to drive this too
So, just as a little tidbit, I thought I'd provide you guys with this:
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The camera mic just doesn't do it justice