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post Oct 13 2009, 12:35 AM
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Introduced in the 2005 model year to replace the Grand Am, the Pontiac G6 was built on GM's
front wheel drive Epsilon platform shared with the Malibu, Saab 9-3, Saturn Aura, Cadillac BLS,
Opel Vectra, Insignia, and Fiat Croma. GM designers went with a more conservative style removing the
ribbed skirting that was given to its predecessor. When the car was introduced in 2005 it was available
in two trim levels the base V6 and the GT. Coming standard with 6 speaker stereo, powered seats, the car
was considered to be very well equipped for its price range. The G6 was a hit selling 124,000 units
its first year on the market and over a quarter million in through 2008.

Both of the first trim levels where equipped with 3.5liter LZ4 V6 pushrod engines which produced
an astronomical 200hp and 220lb/ft of torque connected to a four speed automatic transmission. No
manual was included unless you went with the GT version then a flappy paddle shifter could be had as
an option. The GT came with upgraded stereo system, premium seats, remote start, abs and traction control.

In 2006 GM added two new trim levels and two new body styles. You could now buy a retractable
hard top roof variant. A new trim was added that became the base model with the 2.4liter LE5 I4 ecotec engine
that could produce 169hp @ 6300 RPM and 162ft/lb torques at 4500rpm and this too was stuck to
an automatic gearbox. The 3.5l motor was no only available as an option on the base model but stayed standard
on the GT. The GTP is the other trim made available this year which had The 3.9l LZ9 engine which was equipped with
variable valve timing which gave it 240hp. A 6 speed transmission was stuck to it which was not available on the
convertible which also had its power reduced to 227hp due to a more restricting exhaust system.

In 2007 the more engine changes were introduced along as the addition of standard side airbags. GM
added VVT technology to the 3.5liter engine raising the output to 224hp and the 3.9l V6 became an option on the GT.
A new 3.6liter engine called the LY7 was introduced as an option in the GTP trim level putting out 240hp 6300
and 251 torques @ 3200rpm.
Bored yet? It keeps going!

This same year the GTP was no longer the top level trim as the GXP with more dramatic styling and the
3.9 liter engine became an exclusive convertible option. You could no longer have the GTP convertible as it was pulled
out of production.

In 2009 the G6 4-cylinder sedan was given the 6 speed automatic transmission from the GXP along with a face lift and
redesigned interior. The 4 cylinder engine became an option for the G6 coupe as well.

Production ended in 2009 with the restructuring of General Motors. Pontiac, not considered a core brand was
shut down.

2009 Facelift

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post Oct 14 2009, 08:46 AM
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I remember my dad and I rented the previous gen model (Impala) some years ago to make the trip from Houston to Austin. It really was the perfect rental barge. Quiet, refined, comfortable.
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