Last post on Sep 01, 2013 at 6:48 AM
You are in the Pontiac Grand Prix
What is this discussion about?
Pontiac Grand Prix, Car Leasing, Car Buying, Sedan
#296 of 1496 Re: 2006 GP GXP [tonygxp]
Jul 20, 2005 (5:43 am)
I just got a GXP company car and just traded in my 2002 GTP Coupe on a GTO. Too bad GM doesn't advertise these cars. They are both great. My previous company car was Comp GTP. I have personally owned 2 Grand Prixes new, 1997 and 2002 Coupe GTP.
Good run with the C5, but he should have clearly beat you. Although the passenger added an additional 150 - 200 lbs weight to his car. Unless he didn't know how to drive or wasnt' fully trying at first? Or you got the jump. C5 is 1 second faster in the 1/4 mile then GXP. 350hp vs 303hp, C5 is 300 lbs lighter then GXP. Good run to put him in his place, ha!
GXP makes a nice sleeper, most don't realize there is a 303hp V8 under the hood. Same with my Goat, most don't realize it's a 400hp vette motor under there either.
Pontiac did advertise the Grand Prix itself a lot, just not GXP yet.
I just hope the trannies hold up in these cars. That was the weak link in my '97 and '02 GTP. Both were heavily modded where I was running high 13's to low 14's. I used to beat Stangs all the time, it was funny to see the look on their face when my GTP beat their V8.
Interior is improved in GXP over my CompG. For me I will not be modding it since it's a company car. Oh well. The only problem I am having is I'm not getting anywhere near the 27 EPA highway on the GXP. I do a lot of highway driving for my company. I think I have my foot too much into it for the DOD to kick in? Probably it. It is getting worse mileage then my V6 GTP did.
#297 of 1496 Re: 2006 GP GXP [gxpgtodanman]
Jul 20, 2005 (8:24 am)
Ya, I know the C5 is clearly the faster car, but I gotta tell you, I never expected to hold him off like that, give it time you'll have a run in with one, or another car you never thought you could hang with & you'll be thinking the same thing I am..Why did they put a 2.93 axle ratio in here (obviously to sneak around a gas guzzler tax), I once blew a rear end in my 84 Z28 HO (3.73) & replaced it with a 3.08 out of an IROC, I lost .50 in the 1/4 (14.4 to 14.9) I
have no doubt if this car had a 3.73 axle it would be mid 13's.
Im getting a little over 20mpg now (city/hwy mix) not bad for A/C on & 303 HP.
Can't wait for a few mods to come out (even K&N's air filters for this are still "under development"
Jul 20, 2005 (10:32 am)
SPEED channel is often running a commercial featuring the GP GXP as well as the GTO.
#299 of 1496 Re: 2006 GP GXP [tonygxp]
Jul 20, 2005 (11:15 am)
That was a good run against the C5. 2.93 is fuel economy, but still a fast car regardless, there is a 3.30 in Comp GTP and regular GT. On the highway my best with GXP is about 23-24mpg. I'm slightly hard on it. 75-80mph. not bad.
I had to pay that Gas Guzzler tax on my '05 GTO Because I bought automatic, same 3.46 gears as manual. Gets 13mpg in town It isn't driven much so no big deal.
#300 of 1496 Re: Howling Re: 2006 GP GXP [brettgxp]
Jul 20, 2005 (3:57 pm)
I'm so accustomed to the sound of drilled/slotted rotors from my 99 GTP that I don't even notice it...but if I listen for it, it's there.
#301 of 1496 Re: 2006 GP GXP [gxpgtodanman]
Jul 21, 2005 (7:30 am)
lets just hope they don't pull an 04-05 horsepower jump like they did with the GTO, that would suck.
#302 of 1496 Re: 2006 GP GXP [tonygxp]
Jul 21, 2005 (10:11 am)
Hopefully not! I doubt it, since this the first yr of the 5.3L in a car for GM.
I almost bought an 04 GTO, but then GM announced improvements to 2005 while still selling 2004 Not much of a price increase, so I waited and got '05.
#303 of 1496 Curious about GP GXP vs. Bonny GXP
Jul 22, 2005 (3:44 am)
I have an 04 Bonny GXP and it's just a blast to drive. Did any of you who purchased a GP GXP consider a Bonny GXP?
#304 of 1496 Re: Curious about GP GXP vs. Bonny GXP [bryan]
Jul 22, 2005 (3:57 am)
When it came time for my company car, I wanted a Bonny GXP, but my company wouldn't pay that much. So I waited and got a GP GXP which they did pay for.
GP GXP has a lot more power then Bonny, esp down low and offers more bang for the buck. However the Bonny GXP is a more refined car/engine and slightly larger. Sales of the Bonny dropped 5+ yrs in a row, thus it's cancellation.
#305 of 1496 Re: Curious about GP GXP vs. Bonny GXP [gxpgtodanman]
Jul 22, 2005 (4:24 am)
“I have an 04 Bonny GXP and it's just a blast to drive. Did any of you who purchased a GP GXP consider a Bonny GXP?”
I did drive a Bonneville GXP. I was not impressed with the acceleration. The Northstar is a wonderful motor, but needs higher revs to produce reasonable torque (compared to the 5.3L V8) and even with the 3.7:1 final drive, this combination in the Bonne GXP was still only capable of mid-15s in the Quarter. And the only published test I have seen (C+D) quotes a 0-60 time of 6.9 and Quarter 15.4 91.
This acceleration performance & ‘feel’ just didn’t do it for me. I really like Torque. Great, steaming piles of low speed Torque. And low RPM at cruise.
I am curious, now that the Bonne is out of production, if Pontiac will explore an ‘upmarket’ interior for the GP. I’d have seriously considered options like a power tilt & telescope steering wheel, cooled as well as heated front seats, a rear seat center armrest, etc.
Or perhaps Pontiac will be the Division that is ‘sacrificed’. . .
Happier with 6.0 / 14.2 or 3 . .