2001 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP

John DeLorean commenced his job operating on Packard’s Ultramatic Twin transmission, but he designed his biggest mark on the automotive sector all through his 1956-1969 tenure at GM’s Pontiac Division. There, he served produce the very first output car or truck engine with a silent timing belt as a substitute of a noisy chain, among other engineering feats, but his genuine fame arrived from the improvement of two dollars-printing styles based additional on internet marketing than equipment: the GTO and the Grand Prix. When the GTO gets all the consideration now, the Grand Prix set the standard for the significant-selling individual luxury coupes that marketed like mad for many years to occur. Present day Junkyard Gem is an example of the most powerful Grand Prix accessible at the convert of the century, found in a Denver-location self-provider lawn during the summer.

The Grand Prix got front-wheel-travel for 1988 and a sedan edition for 1990, but then a thing very effective happened in the 1997 model 12 months: supercharging!

Many flavors of the venerable 3.8-liter Buick V6 engine (by itself dependent on the early-1960s Buick 215 V8 and so cousin to the Rover V8) received Eaton blowers, commencing in the 1992 product year. The Grand Prix didn’t get its introduction to forced induction until finally the 1997 design year, but it kept the boosted possibility right up until the ultimate Grand Prix rolled off the line in 2008 (the final Pontiac followed inside of a pair of a long time).

This one designed 240 horsepower, earning it King of Grand Prix engines right until the 2005 product 12 months (when the GXP and its 303-horse V8 engine confirmed up).

The quite final 12 months for a Grand Prix with a handbook transmission was 1993 (there experienced been a a few-pedal Grand Prix drought from 1973 as a result of 1988, just to set issues in viewpoint), so this vehicle has the required 4-pace automatic.

The Grand Prix lived on GM’s W system for its previous two decades, building it sibling to the Impala, Regal, and Intrigue in 2001.

Right up until the 2004 design yr, every W-Physique Grand Prix was developed at Fairfax Assembly in Kansas Town (no, the other Kansas City). Creation of the last technology of Grand Prix took place in Ontario.

It would seem fitting that this car’s ultimate pre-crusher parking place would be concerning two other GM items of the exact period: a Monte Carlo and a Vibe.

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