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Old 06-09-2004, 00:57   #1 (permalink)
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Its official: 2005 GTO Gets 295kw 6L LS2 + more

Well will the Monaro get this in AU? Or is it going to be a US only deal?

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PONTIAC GTO - What’s new for 2005

LS2 6.0L engine replaces LS1
400 horsepower (295 kw)
395 lb.-ft. of torque (546 Nm)
Available hood with twin air scoops
Revised rear fascia incorporating outlets for new split dual exhaust system
Polished exhaust outlet tips
Larger brake rotors and calipers
Red-painted calipers with GTO logo on front caliper
Driver foot rest
Two new colors: blue and grey

2005 PONTIAC GTO: THE NEW GOAT GETS MORE MUSCLE
GTO – the original muscle car – was re-introduced last year and returns with more power and style for 2005. A new LS2 6.0L V-8 engine replaces the LS1 5.7L engine, bringing with it an increase in horsepower and torque.

The ’05 GTO packs 400 horsepower (295 kw) – up from 350 horses (261 kw) – and 395 lb.-ft. of torque (546 Nm), up from 365 lb.-ft. (495 Nm). Transmission choices are the same as the ’04 model’s: The Hydra-Matic 4L60-E four-speed automatic is standard and the Tremec six-speed manual is optional. GTO’s more powerful engine should lower the 0-60 time to less than 5 seconds.

Enthusiasts will immediately spot the brawnier ’05 GTO, thanks to new badging and a revised rear fascia that incorporates a new dual-exhaust system – it splits the GTO’s two outlets, routing them to opposite sides of the rear fascia. The exhaust tips are polished for a more refined appearance.

Also available is a new hood design incorporating a pair of stylish air scoops. The scoops draw fresh air in to the GTO’s engine compartment.

The badges identifying the ’05 GTO’s bigger V-8 include a “6.0” badge on the trunk lid and revised “GTO” fender badges, which now incorporate “6.0 Litre” designations. The original 1964 GTO also wore “6.0 Litre” fender badges, but at a time when almost every other American manufacturer referenced engine size in cubic inches.

Along with the GTO’s power increase comes improved braking performance from larger brake rotors, calipers and pads. The calipers are painted red and the front calipers feature the GTO logo.

Additional changes to the ’05 GTO include two new colors (blue and grey), as well as driver foot rest. A line of regular production accessories (RPAs) based on the 2004 GTO Performance Plus SEMA concept vehicle is scheduled for start-of-production availability. The accessories include a tall rear spoiler, front and rear fascia extensions, rocker molding extensions and grille inserts. As part of GM’s RPA program, the accessories can be ordered and installed on the vehicle prior to delivery.
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Old 06-09-2004, 01:05   #2 (permalink)
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Knowone knows. It could make it to the Monaro update later this year after the Holden boss' comments of giving the monaro a good farewell. As far as i have been told the LS2 is going into the 2006 VE commodore. So Monaro might have exclusive LS2 in the lineup. But it's all speculation atm.

Also since the update is getting the fuel tank in the boot like the GTO and it's full twin system i'm guessing holden are trying to keep the differences between cars minimal.
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Man I hope Ford have something up their sleave to counterweight this if it does find it's way to our shore's.
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Re: Its official: 2005 GTO Gets 295kw 6L LS2 + more

Mate the only way it'll find its way here will be when the current engine is outdated , which i recon will be atleats another 3 yrs away
bring ti on i recon Ford will pick up the pace.
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I might be wrong but in the USA doesn't a 2005 model mean it will sell round Q3 2004 and what effect will this have on current model sales which are not meeting targets atm?
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It will have a huge affect on sales I reckon curls. Apparantly this info wasn't meant to be released, it was supposed to be imbargoed till august, but a blunder from the G" site released a whole lot of articles with future publication dates. The article I read on it fromt the gm.com website had a future publications date.
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Re: Its official: 2005 GTO Gets 295kw 6L LS2 + more

Its about time the Yanks made something decent out of the Monaro. I know some people loved it but I always thought it looked like a 2-door commodore and dont tell me it had history behind it or something.

The body updates like the twin hood scoops and the dual exhausts will give it the tough look it should get, even if it is a Holden.

Just look at the Pontiac TransAms. Now they was tough.
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I know some people loved it but I always thought it looked like a 2-door commodore and dont tell me it had history behind it or something.
It looks like a 2 door commodore because thats what the Monaro originally was, a 2 door commodore
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Thats why i think its crap!!! Why all the fuss over a family chassis-based two door.
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It looks like a 2 door commodore because thats what the Monaro originally was, a 2 door commodore

the original monaro was NOT a commodore!!!!!!!!!!!
commodore wasnt even an itch in holdens pants at that time....
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