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DETROIT - Combining exhilarating performance with sophisticated interior appointments, the 2004 Bonneville GXP is the first of a new line of Pontiacs designed to provide an enhanced driving experience for the serious enthusiast. The vehicle will be available in Pontiac dealers beginning in February 2004 with a base MSRP of $35,995.

"Given the Bonneville's history as one of the original Pontiac performance cars, it's fitting that this new model kicks off a new level of commitment to the ideal that Pontiac has always strived for - namely to make driving as exciting as possible," said Lynn Myers, Pontiac-GMC general manager. "The Bonneville GXP will set a high standard for the other GXP models to follow, with a sensuous approach to styling and superior power and handling characteristics."

Originally shown as a concept vehicle at the 2002 Chicago Auto Show, the Bonneville GXP immediately captured the attention of the automotive press and the public.

"It was a real treat to see people's reaction to the direction we took with that concept car," said Bob Kraut, marketing director for Bonneville, Grand Prix and GTO. "One thing we heard loud and clear was 'don't change a thing,' so we set out to keep the production car as close to the concept as possible."

Serious V-8 performance
The heart of the Bonneville GXP is its 4.6-liter, 32-valve V-8 engine, the first eight-cylinder in a Bonneville since 1986 and the first 32-valve engine in Pontiac's history. The dual overhead-cam powerplant produces 275 horsepower and 300 lb.-ft. of torque. Supporting the performance nature of the car, the engine is tuned to provide maximum torque at a relatively low 5600 rpm, allowing the car to launch itself from zero to 60 mph in approximately 6.8 seconds.

The high-tech design of the 4.6-liter engine allows for smooth, quiet operation without sacrificing the power expected from a high-performance touring sedan. Features such as polymer-coated pistons, coil-on-plug ignition and timing chains (rather than belts) enhance the engine's refinement and durability.

"This engine has been continually refined and enhanced to meet the expectations of Pontiac drivers," said John Zinser, chief engineer for the 4.6-liter engine. "While we weren't going to sacrifice power, we really focused on reducing noise, vibration, and harshness. For those on the team, it's almost been an obsession."

Power from the engine is routed through a Hydra-Matic 4T80-E four-speed automatic transmission. Specifically designed to link with the 4.6-liter engine, the transmission electronically monitors the way the driver is using both the throttle and brake, adapting shift points to provide the optimal balance of performance and fuel economy. The Bonneville GXP has a final drive ratio of 3.7:1, one of the most aggressive in its class. Traction control is standard.

Like its powerful cousin, the Pontiac GTO, the Bonneville GXP features a specially tuned exhaust system to provide less restriction while creating a distinctive Pontiac exhaust note. Four chrome exhaust tips in a dual-dual arrangement complete the package.

Advanced suspension components
Custom engineered for the Bonneville GXP, the suspension system more closely resembles a Le Mans racer than a production vehicle. More than 1,000 hours were spent modeling, testing and refining the balance of the components to create a superior ride with a true performance feel.

Structural rigidity was increased through the use of a tower-to-tower brace and a specially dampened engine cradle mounting package. Performance-tuned DeCarbon monotube dampeners, progressive spring rates and large diameter (30-mm front, 22-mm rear) stabilizer bars allow the Bonneville GXP to provide both excellent driver feedback and a smooth, compliant ride.

"We really put a lot of work into making the Bonneville GXP perform like a sports car but handle like a premium touring sedan," said Kurt Fischer, program engineering manager. "You can drive it aggressively - there's no doubt it's made to handle the twists and turns of the road."

Braking force is supplied by a four-wheel disc anti-lock braking system (ABS), including 12.7-inch vented rotors in the front and 11.7-inch solid rotors in the rear. Bright red high-performance calipers on the front brakes add to the sporty image of the car.

Enhancing driver performance and safety, the standard StabiliTrak stability enhancement system constantly senses wheel turn rates and vehicle motion physics. Unlike some other stability systems on the market, StabiliTrak respects the driver's instincts and intervenes in a very subtle way. If the system determines the vehicle is beginning to perform in a manner inconsistent with the driver's inputs, StabiliTrak will automatically and selectively apply individual wheel brakes to attempt to keep the vehicle squarely under the driver's control.

Adding to that control is the standard Magnasteer variable-effort steering system. Magnasteer uses a computer-controlled electromagnet to adjust steering effort based on vehicle speed. At low speeds, the system allows for minimal steering effort while the feel is much tighter and more precise at faster, highway speeds.

The car rides on 235/50WR18 performance tires mounted on 18-inch aluminum wheels, another Pontiac first. The wheels feature a flangeless design with the spokes carried all the way to the edge of the wheel, visually enhancing their size.

Premium touring style and comfort
Both inside and out, the Bonneville GXP raises the bar on Pontiac styling. Smooth, sensuous curves highlight the tautly formed body providing a sophisticated, yet distinctly Pontiac appearance. A wide stance and integrated spoiler hint at the vehicle's performance potential.

Inside, luxury and functionality are fused to create a unique driving environment designed to closely connect the driver with the vehicle. The Bonneville GXP features leather-appointed seats in one of two interior colors, neutral or dark gray, both with UtraLux suede inserts, 12-way power adjustment, and two-position personalized memory. The high-tech look of carbon fiber trim around the steering wheel, door handles and air vents is accented by stain nickel accents and stainless steel pedals.

The full gauge cluster features a unique silver background. Important information such as speed, turn signals and low fuel warnings can also be projected on the windshield through the optional EyeCue head-up display (HUD).

The HUD also displays information from the standard eight-speaker Monsoon sound system, featuring both CD and cassette players. An optional 12-disc CD changer is available, as well as XM Satellite Radio with 100 channels of coast-to-coast digital quality sound.

The Bonneville GXP comes equipped with GM's OnStar communications and safety system and one-year of the Safe & Sound package


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It came out to be less expensive than I thought, though it is more than a new GTO, I was expecting a price around $38-40,000. I also thought it would be a little quicker too, 0-60 in 6.8secs is not that bad, but a GTP is a little quicker. Pontiac should just drop the base Bonnevilles like the SE and just concentrate on the higher performance models like the GXP. I guess that the GXP replaces the SSEi in the Bonneville line, but what happens to the SLE model?
 

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Originally posted by Branden@Nov 4 2003, 12:10 AM
DETROIT - Combining exhilarating performance with sophisticated interior appointments, the 2004 Bonneville GXP is the first of a new line of Pontiacs designed to provide an enhanced driving experience for the serious enthusiast. The vehicle will be available in Pontiac dealers beginning in February 2004 with a base MSRP of $35,995.

"Given the Bonneville's history as one of the original Pontiac performance cars, it's fitting that this new model kicks off a new level of commitment to the ideal that Pontiac has always strived for - namely to make driving as exciting as possible," said Lynn Myers, Pontiac-GMC general manager. "The Bonneville GXP will set a high standard for the other GXP models to follow, with a sensuous approach to styling and superior power and handling characteristics."

Originally shown as a concept vehicle at the 2002 Chicago Auto Show, the Bonneville GXP immediately captured the attention of the automotive press and the public.

"It was a real treat to see people's reaction to the direction we took with that concept car," said Bob Kraut, marketing director for Bonneville, Grand Prix and GTO. "One thing we heard loud and clear was 'don't change a thing,' so we set out to keep the production car as close to the concept as possible."

Serious V-8 performance
The heart of the Bonneville GXP is its 4.6-liter, 32-valve V-8 engine, the first eight-cylinder in a Bonneville since 1986 and the first 32-valve engine in Pontiac's history. The dual overhead-cam powerplant produces 275 horsepower and 300 lb.-ft. of torque. Supporting the performance nature of the car, the engine is tuned to provide maximum torque at a relatively low 5600 rpm, allowing the car to launch itself from zero to 60 mph in approximately 6.8 seconds.

The high-tech design of the 4.6-liter engine allows for smooth, quiet operation without sacrificing the power expected from a high-performance touring sedan. Features such as polymer-coated pistons, coil-on-plug ignition and timing chains (rather than belts) enhance the engine's refinement and durability.

"This engine has been continually refined and enhanced to meet the expectations of Pontiac drivers," said John Zinser, chief engineer for the 4.6-liter engine. "While we weren't going to sacrifice power, we really focused on reducing noise, vibration, and harshness. For those on the team, it's almost been an obsession."

Power from the engine is routed through a Hydra-Matic 4T80-E four-speed automatic transmission. Specifically designed to link with the 4.6-liter engine, the transmission electronically monitors the way the driver is using both the throttle and brake, adapting shift points to provide the optimal balance of performance and fuel economy. The Bonneville GXP has a final drive ratio of 3.7:1, one of the most aggressive in its class. Traction control is standard.

Like its powerful cousin, the Pontiac GTO, the Bonneville GXP features a specially tuned exhaust system to provide less restriction while creating a distinctive Pontiac exhaust note. Four chrome exhaust tips in a dual-dual arrangement complete the package.

Advanced suspension components
Custom engineered for the Bonneville GXP, the suspension system more closely resembles a Le Mans racer than a production vehicle. More than 1,000 hours were spent modeling, testing and refining the balance of the components to create a superior ride with a true performance feel.

Structural rigidity was increased through the use of a tower-to-tower brace and a specially dampened engine cradle mounting package. Performance-tuned DeCarbon monotube dampeners, progressive spring rates and large diameter (30-mm front, 22-mm rear) stabilizer bars allow the Bonneville GXP to provide both excellent driver feedback and a smooth, compliant ride.

"We really put a lot of work into making the Bonneville GXP perform like a sports car but handle like a premium touring sedan," said Kurt Fischer, program engineering manager. "You can drive it aggressively - there's no doubt it's made to handle the twists and turns of the road."

Braking force is supplied by a four-wheel disc anti-lock braking system (ABS), including 12.7-inch vented rotors in the front and 11.7-inch solid rotors in the rear. Bright red high-performance calipers on the front brakes add to the sporty image of the car.

Enhancing driver performance and safety, the standard StabiliTrak stability enhancement system constantly senses wheel turn rates and vehicle motion physics. Unlike some other stability systems on the market, StabiliTrak respects the driver's instincts and intervenes in a very subtle way. If the system determines the vehicle is beginning to perform in a manner inconsistent with the driver's inputs, StabiliTrak will automatically and selectively apply individual wheel brakes to attempt to keep the vehicle squarely under the driver's control.

Adding to that control is the standard Magnasteer variable-effort steering system. Magnasteer uses a computer-controlled electromagnet to adjust steering effort based on vehicle speed. At low speeds, the system allows for minimal steering effort while the feel is much tighter and more precise at faster, highway speeds.

The car rides on 235/50WR18 performance tires mounted on 18-inch aluminum wheels, another Pontiac first. The wheels feature a flangeless design with the spokes carried all the way to the edge of the wheel, visually enhancing their size.

Premium touring style and comfort
Both inside and out, the Bonneville GXP raises the bar on Pontiac styling. Smooth, sensuous curves highlight the tautly formed body providing a sophisticated, yet distinctly Pontiac appearance. A wide stance and integrated spoiler hint at the vehicle's performance potential.

Inside, luxury and functionality are fused to create a unique driving environment designed to closely connect the driver with the vehicle. The Bonneville GXP features leather-appointed seats in one of two interior colors, neutral or dark gray, both with UtraLux suede inserts, 12-way power adjustment, and two-position personalized memory. The high-tech look of carbon fiber trim around the steering wheel, door handles and air vents is accented by stain nickel accents and stainless steel pedals.

The full gauge cluster features a unique silver background. Important information such as speed, turn signals and low fuel warnings can also be projected on the windshield through the optional EyeCue head-up display (HUD).

The HUD also displays information from the standard eight-speaker Monsoon sound system, featuring both CD and cassette players. An optional 12-disc CD changer is available, as well as XM Satellite Radio with 100 channels of coast-to-coast digital quality sound.

The Bonneville GXP comes equipped with GM's OnStar communications and safety system and one-year of the Safe & Sound package


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...the first of a new line of Pontiacs designed to provide an enhanced driving experience for the serious enthusiast.
Does that mean other GXP's are on the way?....... :lol: :D
 

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Originally posted by MCGARRETT@Nov 4 2003, 12:11 PM
I also thought it would be a little quicker too, 0-60 in 6.8secs is not that bad, but a GTP is a little quicker.
I'm also a little disappointed by this too. What is the Bonneville's competition?
 

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Originally posted by twinturboz24@Nov 4 2003, 09:45 PM
...the first of a new line of Pontiacs designed to provide an enhanced driving experience for the serious enthusiast.
Does that mean other GXP's are on the way?....... :lol: :D
If Pontiac really plans to keep the Sunfire around, it could sure use the GXP treatment I saw at the auto show last year.

With its factory-mate, the Cobalt SS or Extreme getting a blower on the Ecotec, this should be a no-brainer. The aftermarket for J-bodies is huge, they don't have to look far for ideas on how to do a performance Sunfire cheaply.
 

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I'm also a little disappointed by this too. What is the Bonneville's competition?



It's not that bad...dont get me wrong, the SSEi was in the mid 7's,so this is still better. The Bonneville GXP will compete against cars like the Chrysler 300, Mercury Marauder, if it's stil around, the Maxima, really for the price and features it can compete against some europeans cars to, but it may be tough to get some Audi or BMW shoppers to look at it.

Hopefully Pontiac will expand the GXP nameplate through the line up, though I would have preffered the name "Super Duty". B)
 

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Originally posted by MCGARRETT@Nov 5 2003, 12:35 PM
I'm also a little disappointed by this too. What is the Bonneville's competition?



It's not that bad...dont get me wrong, the SSEi was in the mid 7's,so this is still better. The Bonneville GXP will compete against cars like the Chrysler 300, Mercury Marauder, if it's stil around, the Maxima, really for the price and features it can compete against some europeans cars to, but it may be tough to get some Audi or BMW shoppers to look at it.

Hopefully Pontiac will expand the GXP nameplate through the line up, though I would have preffered the name "Super Duty". B)
I think Maxima is a stretch; that's more the Grand Prix's territory. But definitely Chrysler 300M, Mercury Marauder, Chevy Impala.
Higher end VW's perhaps... but not Phaeton.

I'd say Avalon... but that's more Park Avenue territory. :lol:

But there's not a whole lotta competition for full-sized "performance" vehicles.
 

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Avalon is more of a LeSabre competitor, with the bench seats and all. The Park Avenue is a higher up in the food chain. The Maxima is Grand Prix sized, but price wise it's closer to the Bonneville. I would agree that some of the VW Passat models would qualify, but only the higher end models, not the basic 4 banger. The Impala is a lowerline car, only the SS is in the low 30's.
 

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Niiiice, it does bother me however that its slower then the GTP. for 35K I would expect to be a little faster then a car I could have gotten for 29K
 

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People who buy the Bonneville want, as Pontiac put it (and I stand behind it), "Luxury with Attitude," but without all the plastic cladding :D . If you're looking at a Bonneville GXP, you want something that'll go in pretty good comfort, but without the price of a Caddy. The Grand Prix is meant for people who want both, but are on a budget (in my book).
 

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I agree with that, but cmon, they couldn't make it just a bit faster.
 

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I actually got to see a GXP in person at our local auto show this weekend, it does look very nice, you really see all the changes that Pontiac made too the car when you get up close, it looks much meaner than the old SSEi. The Pontiac catalog from the auto show lists 0-60 time as 6.5 secs.
 

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Originally posted by 91fairladyZ@Nov 5 2003, 06:09 PM
They should investigate adding an all wheel drive system. That way, torque steer would'nt be a problem.
Unfortunately the GXP is already made heavier by the beefier transmission as compared to the SSEi. AWD would push it to pigdom.
 

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Originally posted by 91fairladyZ@Nov 5 2003, 06:09 PM
They should investigate adding an all wheel drive system. That way, torque steer would'nt be a problem.
The Bonneville's platform is already nearing a decade old. There's really no point in engineering it for AWD this late in its life.
 

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The Bonneville platform was not engineered with AWD in mind. It certainly would not be worth the effort, expense, and higher selling price to add AWD into the mix.

The main weight increaser on the GXP Bonneville is the transaxle weight compared to the lighter weight 4T65E. There was supposed to be a supercharged 3800 V-6 version of GXP too.

Maxima is Grand Prix GTP Comp G territory, for sure.

It appears that the Bonneville GXP will take the place of the Bonneville SSEi. SLE and SE will probably be similar to what they have been in the past.

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Still using the 4 speed automatic just like the new Grand Prix when is gm going to upgrade to 5 or 6 for the rest of its brands not just Cadillac. No tapshift or manumatic offered in the GXP or any bonneville for that matter. Disapointing. Competing against other $35,000 sedans the all new Acura TL which starts at 33,500 and does 0-60 in 6 seconds flat as well as the upcomming Chrysler 300C with the 5.7litre V8 producing 350hp for 35k and even the Infinit G35 sedan for under 30k make the Bonneville look slow and I know its a fullsize car which isn't an excuse. Its heavy and the DOCH northstar V8 isn't going to help. the SSEi with the supercharge 3.8litre OHV V6 did sixty in 7.4 seconds. What they need is a new platform with a lighter car, rearwheel drive with optional all wheel drive. Look at the competition from the foreign markets.
 

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Isn't the whole platform getting a total rework? RWD? I thought that was the plan. By god, they can't do everything in one year! :D
 

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Oakwood, the platform on the Bonnie is getting old, and I think that the improvements they made to the GXP would be worth the money. GM is seriously turning around, but it can't do everything at once. Be glad they didn't decide to just take out another brand like they did with Oldsmobile. Bob Lutz is working his magic within GM and getting the giant moving again. Yes, we know competition is stiff. But, it takes a good 3-4 years to bring a car to market, and I'm pretty sure that Bob's got a slick car up his sleeve for the next Bonneville :woot2:.

Just be patient, and good GM cars will come to you. And if you don't want to wait, you listed off cars that you thought were better...you've always got a choice.
 

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I have actually had the chance to sit in a GXP Bonneville at the local auto show and I must say that the car is quite nice, the first time that I went to the show, they had the GXP Bonneville up on a turntable, along with a GTO and a G6, but then I went a week later and there was one on the show floor, in dark blue, it was very nice! The suede/leather seats are nice, the dash has been slightly changed, and the large wheels look great, along with the 4 thick chrome outlets in the back bumper and the red brake calipers. The Northstar is a quick fix to bring some attention to the Bonneville while Pontiac works on a new one.
 
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