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PONTIAC SUNFIRE AUTOCROSS HITS 240 HORSEPOWER WITH 2.0-LITER ENGINE

Sunfire has kept the tradition of sporty, aerodynamic design alive at Pontiac, and is a symbol of style, fun and excitement in the youth-oriented segment. At the 2003 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas, Pontiac expands Sunfire’s appeal with a Sunfire Autocross show car, one of several performance-tuned, specially equipped show vehicles suitable for Autocross racing applications.

The Sunfire Autocross show car is equipped with a supercharged, intercooled 2.0-liter, 240-horsepower engine, as well as performance-tuned custom struts and shocks, cat-back exhaust, Stainless Steel Brakes rotors and calipers and lowered wheel-to-body ride height.

A number of custom enhancements give the Autocross Sunfire a more substantial, performance-oriented appearance, including custom upper grille and lower front and rear fascias, rear spoiler and rockers, projector beam headlamps and dual aluminum exhaust outlet.

Custom 18-inch wheels and BF Goodrich g-force T/A KD tires complete the performance package. Inside, custom aluminum pedals, a custom shifter knob and racing-inspired front seats with four-point belts add performance touches. A Delphi custom cluster package offers redesigned graphics.

The Sunfire Autocross features a hydrographic trim kit in carbon fiber. This appearance trim kit, to be offered as a Pontiac Accessory, enables owners to custom trim their vehicles in potentially hundreds of patterns or colors.

Optically enhanced exterior paint in Bright Silver coats the Sunfire Autocross. This paint is developed by Color Design Studio of America and produced by Sherwin Williams.

PONTIAC SUNFIRE AUTOCROSS VEHICLE HIGHLIGHTS:
-2.0-liter, 240-horsepower supercharged, intercooled engine
-Performance-oriented appearance, including custom upper grille and lower front and rear fascias, rear spoiler and rockers, projector beam headlamps and aluminum exhaust outlet
-Performance tuned shocks and struts
-Lowered wheel-to-body ride height
-Cat-back exhaust
-Stainless Steel Brakes Corp. rotors and calipers
-Custom 18-inch wheels
-BF Goodrich g-force T/A KD performance tires
-Custom aluminum pedals and custom shifter knob
-Racing-inspired front seats with four-point belts
-Custom performance inspired shifter
-Delphi custom cluster package with redesigned graphics
-Pontiac Accessories hydrographic interior trim kit in carbon fiber
-Bright Silver optically enhanced exterior paint



 

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This "could" happen. The Sunfire, unlike the Grand Am, isn't disappearing any time soon.

But will it? I heard a GM guy on Autoline Detroit say that he thought there was still the ability to make a performance J-Body.

The J-body enthusiasts would go wild, of course, with any parts to flesh out this design, since they could take advantage of much of it.

-Cat-back exhaust
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I thought the sunfire was dying with the Cavalier? Or is there going to be a version of what is going to be the Cobalt built as a Sunfire?

If so I doubt any of it's aftermarket goodies will fit the current model.

Maybe I missed something.......
 

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Good question, Erubus. I was wondering the same. Maybe it was just something they felt they needed to do in order to "fill" out the line. They used the G/A as well and it is soon to be toast too.
 

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Originally posted by erebus@Oct 28 2003, 02:45 PM
I thought the sunfire was dying with the Cavalier?  Or is there going to be a version of what is going to be the Cobalt built as a Sunfire?

If so I doubt any of it's aftermarket goodies will fit the current model.

Maybe I missed something.......
The Sunfire will continue to be built in its current J-body form, in the same factory as the Cobalt, even after the Chevy Cobalt goes on sale.

If you ask me "why" I will be hard pressed to give an answer. The Sunfire's freshening to the exterior and interior (including the dash, unlike Cavalier) was pretty extensive in 2003, so maybe they feel it deserves another year or two.

Maybe GM has a lot of J-body parts left over that it needs to sell? :lol:

I guess it is something like the continued existence of the Blazer.

J-body guys at J-body.org seemed happy that their platform isn't dead yet.

One could ask why Ford keeps selling the 2-door Escort ZX2 years after the Focus debut. Maybe 2 door versions will go to retail, with a 4 door Sunfire like sold in Canada will go to Fleet sales? I think I saw a 4 door Ford Escort sold to Fleet -- those died in retail years ago.
 

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I think GM needs something like this, seeing everyone else has one.
 

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Originally posted by Ming@Oct 28 2003, 02:37 PM


-Cat-back exhaust
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All 2003 and newer Sunfires have cat-back, or at least the ones I've seen do. Kinda strange too, because the left and right mufflers aren't the same size. It may not have much effect on performance, but it helps the car look better IMHO. This latest look is much better than the previous two.
 

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Believe it or not the little Sunfire coupe has a pretty popular following, the sedan was the slower selling model, which is usually the other way around. The Sunfire will live on, sold along with the Vibe, at the lower end of the Pontiac line up. Im Canada, the Sunfire will be replaced by the Puirsut (?spelling), which is Pontiac version of the Chevrolet Cobalt. I would like to see a Sunfire coupe with about 200hp, no one else is doing a small quick coupe except for Saturn, all the others are just basic sedans, i.e the SRT-4 and WRX, I much prefer a coupe.
 
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