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2004 Pontiac GTO LS1 V8 Manual (Holden Monaro) - Motor Trend

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Canada never got this.   Nor did Canada get the Chevrolet SS a decade later.   To be fair, we did get the Pontiac G8 which is practically the Chevy SS, but an improved and much better update. 

We did get the Cadillac Catera, which would be, more or less, the coupe version of the Catera.  And we did get the Chevrolet SSR, which would be the Chevrolet equivalent of the Camaro F-Body replacement that this GTO is to the Firebird.  

 I think  I KNOW Id prefer that GM reversed what we got with what we didnt get.   

Not to shyte on the SSR, because I actually liked it, especially  the LS2 version,  but considering what the GTO actually was... an actual 2+2 muscle car coupe which happens to be what I prefer in automobiles. 

I always did like the Holden Monaro/Pontiac GTO. However, it never quite succeeded to replace my idolization that I had and continue to have for the outgoing Trans Am.  

The only gripe I have with the GTO, as a PONTIAC GTO, is that while the powertrain was worthy of a GTO, the interior was worthy of a PONTIAC and a GTO,  the exterior styling fell very flat. The exterior styling, while nice, was NOT befitting a muscle car especially a Pontiac muscle car.  Nice describing a muscle car should not be in the lexicon.  I dont think it had to necessarly have retro GTO styling,  It be better if did, but it definetely should have been waaaaaay aggressive. 


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