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You've read the driving impressions and the reviews of the '04 GTO in the previous issues of HPP and you were taken inside Pontiac's press preview for the '04 GTO in these pages as well. So what's left to know?

Well, how about how fast is it on a drag strip? Sure you may have read some road tests in the mainstream new car mags but we like to test our own cars for HPP and drive them to the best of our abilities and adjust things like tire pressure, launch technique, and shift points. And we let the cars cool down between runs in an effort to extract the best performance possible.

For this strip session, we made the trip to California to get a test car because there were none in the press fleet anywhere else in the country at the time. It was February so we weren't complaining too much about traveling to a 70-degree climate with sunshine, while at home temps were hovering in the single digits with most tracks snow covered and closed.

When we lined up our tester there were just 2 stipulations, it had to be a 6-speed car because we felt that it would produce the best e.t.'s and it had to be a bright color because we were thinking cover shot the whole time. Thanks to Silvia Paul at GM Communications West we received the Torrid Red, stick GTO that you see here.

We also contacted historic Carlsbad Raceway in Carlsbad, California, and rented the track for a day. Finally, the plans were set to drag test the '04 GTO. Our goal was to run faster than previously published times and to learn as much as we could about the new model on the strip. Carlsbad is very near sea level so we were hoping for good air so we had no idea how the starting line was going to be.

We arrived early on a Thursday morning with the '04 GTO and a '04 Mach 1. We were testing the GTO and doing a quick comparison with the Mach 1, which will also appear in our sister publication Muscle Mustangs and Fast Fords. Three drivers would make passes in the GTO and Mach 1--Evan Smith, technical editor for Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords, Steve Baur, associate editor HPP and GM High Tech, and myself. The fastest times will be printed here regardless of driver.

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"In contrast, the GTO is more modern, despite its 16 pushrods and all."


When will the ford people quit with the pushrod = old fashion or less modern.

:angry: :angry: :angry: :angry:

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Originally posted by posaune@Apr 26 2004, 12:16 PM
When will the ford people quit with the pushrod = old fashion or less modern.
It is the only thing they can say that makes them feel better about driving a 25 year old platform.

It is pretty interesting to see that Smith got almost the exact same times with both cars.
 

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I read the article and found it interesting. Another thing I found interesting ia the performance tests on the Chrysler 300C. This 4100+ lb. (more than 400 lbs heavier than the GTO) luxo ride with a HEMI engine runs the 1/4 in 13.9. This is as quick or quicker than A4 GTO. That is very disappointing. The GTO should be so much better.
 

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Originally posted by Arrowhead222@Apr 27 2004, 04:29 PM
So now we know you can get smoked by a Mach 1 when you're cruising in your oversized Cavaliermobile. Wow. Great job Pontiac. No looks but no muscle to back them up!
Come on, 5/100 of a second (only 1/100 with the same driver) is getting "smoked"? Not to mention that the GTO was pulling away at that point, as the higher trap speed points out.

Do you know any other words besides "smoked", because something this close could go either way on any given day.
 

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Originally posted by posaune@Apr 26 2004, 07:16 AM
quote:
"In contrast, the GTO is more modern, despite its 16 pushrods and all."


When will the ford people quit with the pushrod = old fashion or less modern.

:angry: :angry: :angry: :angry:

:brick:
See, that's funny, because the last ford motor worth its salt was the 302... good ole OHV.
 
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