Most people look for a car that has a good balance of power, efficiency, and looks, but in most cases, they settle for only one of the three. It can be difficult in today?s automobile market to find a...
Most people look for a car that has a good balance of power, efficiency, and looks, but in most cases, they settle for only one of the three. It can be difficult in today?s automobile market to find a vehicle that can deliver at least a solid B- in all three fields. The 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP does just that. It?s a car that comes as advertised, no strings attached. It?s acceleration makes it fun to drive, it?s efficiency makes it easy on the wallet, and its appearance will make you think it?s slower than it actually is.
Under the GTP?s hood you?ll find a 3.8 liter V6 engine with a 4-speed transmission. Now, there isn?t much special about a V6 car. Most of today?s sedans and SUVs are equipped with six cylinder engines, standard. The real powerhouse of the Grand Prix is it?s supercharger. That little baby kicks in at around sixty percent throttle, and you can really tell when it does. If you were to ask the driver of a car without a supercharger, they will tell you the power band of their V6 sedan is pretty linear. They?ll tell you the car has the same oomph all the way through the RPM?s, but not on this bad boy. It?s like moving into a whole different world; the speed picks up and you?ll be gripping the steering wheel wondering how those cars that were to the left and right of you at that stop light are so far behind you now.
Check that out, you can see your average miles per gallon right on the dash! Not bad for a car built 17 years ago. Don?t get your expectations too high though, because you?re not going to be hugging many trees with this sedan. But with an average of 19 MPG, you?ve still got enough room to talk down at Hummer owners. That kind of efficiency is enough to get you about 250 miles from where you started before the all uppercase ?LOW FUEL? blurb is displayed on the Driver Information Center, despite there still being a whopping four gallons left in the tank.
Don?t get me wrong, the GTP is by no means an ugly car. But when you look at it, you can definitely tell it was made in the 90s. There are no real definite lines on the vehicle, making it look more like a round-edged blob than a fast sedan. However, the slick shape and body style makes it look far better than other blocky cars being produced at the time. Combined with the black leather interior, the overall aesthetic appeal of the GTP makes a statement of definite personality, more than any other 1997 vehicle.
If you?re looking for a car with fun amounts of power, adequate fuel efficiency, and a nineties? aesthetic style, then there?s no other car but the 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP. You can tell what it is up close, and you can tell what it is from afar.