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Top 3 Pontiac’s of All Time Based on Performance

Last week we looked at the Top 3 Chevy’s of All Time, based on performance. Today we feature the top Pontiac’s of all time, based on performance.

Throughout Pontiac’s history, it created some exciting cars. Although the brand has been discontinued, a few vehicles will be remembered for great performance. Here are the top three Pontiacs of all times.


1969 GTO

1969 GTOThe year 1969 was the last of the golden era of muscle cars. It was the time Pontiac released “The Judge” as competition for the Plymouth Road Runner. The Judge was an option package for the base GTO. Besides the extraordinary exterior boasting hood scoops, ram air decals and a 60-inch spoiler, this car delivered impressive power. A base GTO included a 400-cubic inch engine that provided 350 horsepower. The Judge upped the ante to 366 horsepower with a Ram Air III engine that could reach 60 miles per hour in 7.4 seconds.


1978 Pontiac Trans Am

1978 Pontiac Trans AmThe 1978 Pontiac Trans Am was made famous in the movie “Smokey and the Bandit.” As times were trending toward compact and efficient vehicles, Pontiac decided to return to the past and deliver a powerhouse. Engineers raised the compression ratio in the 400 V8 engine by installing different cylinder heads with smaller combustion chambers. This increased output to 220 horsepower. Although it was considered marginal, this Trans AM could go 0 to 60 miles per hour in an impressive 6.5 seconds.


2009 Pontiac G8 GXP

2009 Pontiac G8 GXPAlthough many people associate performance cars with the muscle car era, certain modern vehicles provide exceptional speed and style. The 2009 Pontiac G8 GXP was one of the most luxurious and high performance vehicles to roll off the assembly line. In fact, this G8 was the fastest car ever produced by Pontiac. It was based on the rear-wheel drive platform of the Camaro but included a lower and stiffer suspension. The fantastic 6.3-liter, LS3 V8 engine provided 415 horsepower. When combined with the manual transmission, it was truly a performance dream.

Even though the Pontiac brand no longer exists, it left behind some inspirational vehicles. The above cars top the list for performance and design. Each holds a special place in automobile history and lives up to the “driving excitement” motto.


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