Bolt-on parts make the G6 coupe a bit less uncompetitive
They may not have the recognition or raw power like SRT, SS, or SVT models, but Pontiac’s GXP-badged rides do promise to add some excitement to what are usually mainstream models, such as the current Grand Prix GXP, which totals 30 percent of that car’s total sales volume. In addition, a GXP version of the popular Solstice roadster will debut during the latter half of 2006, and a G6 GXP coupe concept was announced at the 2006 New York International Auto Show. Enhancements are numerous, including a 270-horsepower 3.9-liter V6 pushing 259 lb.-ft. of torque to the front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. Among items that would likely be dropped prior to production are a ram air induction system and a cat-back exhaust system. The G6’s GXP treatment also features 19-inch wheels, cross-drilled performance rotors, and a performance-tuned suspension. Besides what’s under the skin are the changes more readily apparent. The exterior has been tweaked with a lower, more aggressive front fascia, dual hood scoops, 19-inch alloy wheels, and chrome exhaust pipes. Side skirts and a rather large rear spoiler round out the add-ons. Interior changes are relatively minor, except for the red trim and red leather seats and door panels. Pontiac is waiting to announce if and when the G6 GXP coupe would be produced, though given the success of other GXP models and the current G6 coupe’s snoozy demeanor, we’d bet this one will eventually get the go-ahead.
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