2006 Pontiac GTO 6.0 LS2 from North America
Very fast and fun, but still practical
Headlight socket melted itself at 58,000.
Rear seat stitching has separated a little before I got it.
Leather on the shifter has started to unstitch.
It's a little understated in its appearance, but I like that. The car is definitely a blast. Will trounce Mustangs and ricers without breaking a sweat. The exhaust notes can raise an eyebrow, especially with some minor modifications. Brakes are good. You will feel the weight of the car in the corners, but it has remarkable grip for a muscle car.
The interior is well done for a car of its price point. Layout is clean and simple. Seats are quite comfortable, both front and back. Front seats have a nice "GTO" stitched in. Rear seats are quite comfortable for full size adults, and have all the extras for kids and car seats. Getting in the rear can be a bit cramped, even with power-forward front seats; the doors just don't open far enough. The trunk is tall, but not deep at all. Visibility could be better.
Essentially the car is a Corvette with 2 + 2 seating. Gets around 17-18 MPG city, but an easy 25+ on the highway. Making it good as a small family car in the summer. If you live anywhere that has a real winter, you'll want another (or second) vehicle. The car is quite low to the ground, has loads of torque, and quite thin tires (especially with the optional 18s) to run on snow.
Overall, a definite fun car to have. Without sacrificing too much practicality. Definitely fast, but the massive torque can be a bit to learn to tame, especially with the manual.
The only problem I can voice, is that this is essentially an Australian import with some different badges. So anything related to the body can be an expensive repair.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd June, 2013