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PONTIAC BONNEVILLE GXP HITS THE STREETS IN 2004
DETROIT - The Pontiac Division of General Motors today announced it is taking its popular Bonneville GXP show car from the concept stage to production in early 2004. The Bonneville GXP turned heads at this year'* Specialty Equipment Marketer Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas. The SEMA show car and a similar version at the Chicago Auto Show earlier this year, have the same sleek lines and high-performance as the car consumers will be able buy in a little more than one year from now.
"The public and automotive reporters alike gave this car such a 'thumbs up' that we put it on the development fast track and are very excited that it will go on sale early in 2004," said Lynn Myers, general manager for Pontiac-GMC Division. Myers says she expects this special Bonneville to deliver a bold, exciting alternative to traditional luxury.
The Bonneville GXP show car is just one member of Pontiac'* complete "family" of high performance show cars all grouped under the GXP badge. These show vehicles were designed to give drivers a "total performance" package, striking a balance between pure power, chassis capabilities and driver-oriented features. The Bonneville GXP that goes into production will have a high-output engine, unique exhaust components and high-performance brakes.
The Bonneville GXP show car is basically what consumers will see on the roads in the first quarter of 2004. With its powerful 4.4-liter Quad Cam 32-valve V8 engine, the production version will pump out 285 horsepower and deliver performance that any driving enthusiast can appreciate. In comparison, the 2003 Bonneville SSEi has 240 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. The V8 in the forthcoming GXP- edition Bonneville will be mated to GM'* proven Hydra-Matic 4T80-E automatic transmission with a floor-mounted shifter. A high-performance suspension system provides a compliant ride without diminishing the fun-to-drive handling characteristics. The result is a performance package that will satisfy drivers who seek driving fun in a full-size car.
The 2004 Bonneville GXP sports a clean, seamless appearance with an understated look of performance. A unique GXP grille, front and rear fascia, exhaust tips, new smoked-appearance headlights, redesigned taillamps, new rear appliqué, and repositioned all-new projected beam fog lamps round out the sporty appearance of this car. The exterior color palette will include 10 colors; two will be premium tri-coat colors.
On the inside, a brushed aluminum shifter, lock *****, ignition cylinder and door handles give the car a stylish "European" look. The seats will be leather appointed with suede inserts to provide a rich and seat securing feeling during handling maneuvers. Features rounding out the Bonneville GXP include a unique instrument panel treatment; interior trim bezels will be made of a carbon fiber-look material. Exterior badging designates the Bonneville as a member of "GXP Performance Series."
In addition to its 4.4-liter Quad Cam 32-valve V8 engine, the production version gets a boost from performance-tuned suspension components, GXP-specific five-spoke aluminum wheels and P235/50R 18-inch W-rated tires. The Bonneville GXP also has a lowered ride height for a strong wheel-to-body relationship, which results in bold handling characteristics. Like the SEMA version, the front and rear disc brakes in the production car will be oversized in diameter and high-performance in nature. They will have heat-resistant ceramic-coated calipers. The exhaust system [will be] specially tuned to maximize the performance and sound quality of the 4.4L V8 engine.
PONTIAC BONNEVILLE GXP VEHICLE HIGHLIGHTS:
4.4-Liter, 32-valve V-8 engine
Hydra-Matic 4T80-E automatic transmission with a floor-mounted shifter
GXP-specific instrument panel
Carbon fiber-look interior trim bezels and steering wheel
Seats are leather appointed with suede inserts
GXP-specific performance series exterior badging
Ten exterior colors with two premium tri coats available
Special GXP front fascia/rear fascia, fog lamps, rocker panel extensions, 3-piece rear deck spoiler
Lowered wheel-to-body ride height
Performance-tuned suspension components
Front/rear dampers and stabilizer bars
Larger diameter, high-performance front and rear disc brakes with heat-resistant ceramic coated calipers
Specially tuned exhaust system maximizes the performance and sound quality of the 4.4-Liter V8 engine
Five-spoke aluminum wheels and P235/50R 18-inch W-speed-rated tires
Brushed aluminum shifter handle