Lower the car by 1.5 inches, smooth out the lines on the body and front and rear fascias - last but not least, boost the supercharger and tint the glass, headlights and taillights.
With its clean, sleek lines, powerful form, and enhanced supercharger, the Pontiac Bonneville GXP show car sets higher performance and appearance expectations for a full-sized sedan
Supercharger Taken To New Level
Visual Exercise Looks At Potential Bonneville Evolution
'The GXP is a visual demonstration of Pontiac's design direction, and hints at the potential design and performance direction of Bonneville,' said Lynn Myers, Pontiac-GMC general manager. 'At its core, the GXP underscores the importance of performance and sporty styling with clean design expressions.'
The GXP takes the Bonneville SSEi's supercharged V6 powertrain to a new level, with a KNTM air filter system, Corsa Performance 'cat-back' exhaust and an increase boost to the supercharger. The result is an impressive increase of 35 ponies from the SSEi application, to 275 HP in the GXP.
In line with this boost in horsepower, the GXP's ride height has been lowered by 1.5 inches for a ground-hugging appearance. This performance attitude is further accentuated by 18-inch wheels and larger cross drilled and slotted brake rotors with Baer coated calipers.
Bob Kraut, Bonneville brand manager, explained that the increased focus on performance for Pontiac's luxury sport sedan builds on Bonneville's tradition of offering performance and luxury without compromise.
'Whether it's setting world land-speed records or cruising city streets, the prestige of Bonneville is in the performance,' said Kraut. 'The GXP offers the large-car luxury segment a 'serious sport' alternative with the muscle of a performance sedan and the amenities of a touring car.' Clean, Exterior Design
Painted in a tri-coat metallic 'Dark Argentinean Blue' finish, the exterior appearance is marked by 'smoked' headlight and taillight lenses, Xenon fog lamps and windows that are tinted to the legal maximum shade. The clean exterior design takes in an integrated, flush-mounted spoiler, along with new front and rear fascias, exhaust tips, rocker moldings and a new taillamp design.
'GXP is a no nonsense approach to a luxury performance sedan,' said Pontiac Brand Character Chief Designer Phil Zak. 'It maintains Bonneville character cues with strong, clean styling.' More Refined Interior
Inside, the GXP remains unmistakably a driver's car with Pontiac's trademark cockpit orientation, but with a number of design touches that add up to a more refined experience. Leather appointed seats with custom inserts help create a comfortable environment and provide a performance-oriented function by keeping the driver more firmly planted. Carbon fiber accents are used on the steering wheel, HVAC vents and bezels. All interior switches are black, and the shifter is aluminum/chrome plated. And for listening pleasure wherever the road takes you, the GXP is equipped with a custom audio system and XM satellite radio capability, which allows subscribers to hear up to 100 commercial-free radio stations.Source - Pontiac
Pontiac Bonneville has been delivering driving excitement and total comfort to owners since the 1950s. For 2004, Bonneville receives a combination of refinements and an all-new performance model, the GXP. Three-model lineup, led by GXP:
Bonneville is available in three models for 2004 - SE and SLE, as well as GXP - each with its own high level of standard luxury, safety and performance equipment.
The big news is the all-new Bonneville GXP, available in early 2004. It comes with refined styling (including new fascias, headlamps, taillamps, exhaust tips and a spoiler), more horsepower, and a luxurious interior. It was designed and engineered to deliver brute power on-call but with the ability to cruise from California to Florida in comfort.
Power for the new GXP can challenge the best. The 4.6L DOHC 32-valve Northstar V-8 engine kicks out an estimated 275 horsepower (205 kw) and 300 lb.-ft. (406 Nm) of torque - enough to pass semi-trailer rigs without even breathing hard. And when the throttle opens up, the performance-tuned dual exhausts let out a pleasing rumble from the big V-8, letting the driver know just where the power is coming from.
The GXP's performance-tuned handling package includes a four-wheel independent suspension, StabiliTrak electronic stability system and an electronically controlled transaxle with a 3.71 final drive gear. Stopping power is handled by standard four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes. Pontiac also has mounted 18-inch V-rated performance tires on styled aluminum wheels, adding superior grip at the corners.
The GXP's interior is as luxurious as its mechanicals are performance-minded. Suede inserts adorn the seats and door panels; the shifter handle is brushed aluminum; carbon-fiber trim is abundant and the interior switches are a rich ebony. Standard memory bucket seats on the GXP model include power lumbar and power recliner controls on the driver's seat. The GXP includes a center console storage with rear heating/cooling outlets. Driver and front-passenger side-impact air bags and dual-zone climate control with individual climate settings for the driver and front passenger are standard with this top-of-the-line model.
A CD player and Monsoon eight-speaker sound system rivaling many great home systems also are a part of the GXP. Well-equipped SE and SLE:
The base model Bonneville SE combines the performance of the 3800 3.8L Series II V-6, rated at 205 horsepower (153 kw) and 230 lb.-ft. (312 Nm) of torque, with room to carry five or six passengers in comfort. This well-equipped vehicle model offers standard features like driver- and front-passenger air bags, a floor console and electronic cruise control. Bonneville SE also features power door locks, full instrumentation, remote keyless entry, rear-seat passthrough, an AM/FM stereo with CD player, a theft-deterrent alarm system, a tire-inflation monitor and power windows with an express-down feature for the driver and front passenger.
Bonneville SE owners who are looking for a higher level of content in their vehicle will find SE's 1SC Preferred Equipment Group ideal. It adds the 3.05 performance axle ratio, one year of OnStar Safe & Sound service, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, all-speed traction control, a six-way power driver's seat and front leather seating surfaces.
Drivers preferring to move up to the Bonneville SLE receive a standard driver information center, one year of OnStar's Safe & Sound service, 17-inch five-spoke aluminum wheels, all-speed traction control, heated power exterior mirrors, a 3.05 performance axle ratio and a rear deck spoiler.
XM Satellite Radio (continental Ú.S. only) is available on all Bonneville models. XM Satellite Radio provides 100 coast-to-coast, digital-quality channels of original music, news, sports and talk. Consumers can subscribe to the basic service for $9.99 a month - less than the cost of a single CD. In addition, GM customers with GMAC financing can choose to include the XM subscription in their car payments.
Pontiac's Bonneville models deliver a bold, exciting alternative to traditional luxury. Exceptional comfort and performance is a part of every model, with the new GXP model providing consumers the ultimate experience of just how rewarding a full-size sports touring sedan really can be.Source - Pontiac