2006 Pontiac Grand Prix GXP 4dr Sedan (5.3L 8cyl 4A)
As this Ameican's love affair with SUVs wanes, it was a pleasant suprise to test drive a "real car". After having owned (okay leased) one of the first 200 supercharged GTP's off the assembly line for the 1997 model year and later trading that for a limited edition "Daytona 500" GTP the new GXP comes out way on top. It is a shame I had to stumble accross it while the wife was test driving the new Soltice. She also is impressed, with the looks, power and feel of our new Grand Prix. If she wasn't I'd be looking at convertible "garaging" the rest of the winter out. Pontiac states you may not be happy with the "beasts" snow manners, quite the contrary in the 3-4 inches we got caught in.
V8, V-8, V-Eight, oh did I mention the engine? The gas mileage on the new engine was a hit 24.8. This was 75 MPH and a little bit of around town driving over sveral days and 800 miles. In the hills of Pennsylvania no less. The forged aluminium wheels and basic black paint really stand out!
Hey Pontiac,wake up! Make it in a two door. Bring back the "Bose" audio. Loose the paddle shifters,like now! Cool the seats,okay maybe not,I like the suede inserts too much. Put lights in the glove box and center consule. "Stealth mode" get real,maybe if everything but the headlamps went out (lol).