SOME OF THE FASTEST PONTIACS OF ALL TIME
As tested in stock trim when new
Year Model HP E.T. Top Speed Source
1963 Catalina Super-Duty 405 13.9 116 mph C&D
1969 GTO Ram Air IV 370 14.4 125 mph Car Life
1973 Trans Am SD-455 310 13.8 132 mph C&D
2002 Collector's Edition T/A 320 13.1 155 mph* HPP
2005/2006 GTO 400 13.3 155 mph* MT
2009 G8 GXP automatic 415 13.2 185 mph** Pontiac
2009 G8 GXP manual 415 13.4 185 mph** Pontiac

*electronically limited **estimated

Testing

DRAGSTRIP
Run/Tuning Launch RPM Shift Pt. 60-ft. 1/4-mile
1. 40 psi rear 3,500 6,200 -- --
2. Same 2,500 6,200 2.58 14.00/105.57
3. 44 psi rear 2,500 6,200 2.39 13.80/105.84
4. 32 psi rear 2,500 6,200 2.03 13.52/105.36
BEST PASS CORRECTED       13.05/109.44

Run Notes: Car was cooled an average of 25 minutes between rounds.1-2) Run in street trim at recommended tire pressure.

SLALOM TESTING SKIDPAD
600-foot, tire pressure, 40 psi 200-foot-diameter, tire pressure, 40 psi
Two best runs Two best runs
Exit Speed Left/Right
54 mph 0.85/0.88g (40 mph)
56 mph 0.84/0.89g (38 mph)

What Are We Thinking?
When the final word dropped that GM would no longer be producing Pontiacs I was very sad. Along with most of you, I grew up dreaming of owning a Trans Am and watched David Hasselhoff talk to his car and jump ridiculous obstacles. Thinking back at how big of an impact that black Third-Gen had on me, it's tough to realize that there will never be another iconic Pontiac to inspire the youth of today.