Pontiac GTO 

  • $3k built in U.S.A.
  • 1965
  • 375 HP 6.4L
  • 114 mph
Exhaust chores are handled by LPE stainless-steel headers ($1095) and a free-breathing Corsa stainless-steel exhaust system.
by MotorTrend (Aug, 2004)
Four large analog gauges (wearing faces color-coordinated with the exterior paint) lie in a large pod behind the wheel; the dials and much of the interior are trimmed with a classy satin-nickel finish (as are the drilled pedals).
by MotorTrend (Dec, 2004)

Road Tests Real world tests of the Pontiac GTO


Pontiac GTO
5.8 s
Corvette Z06
3.6 s

Top speed

Pontiac GTO
114 mph
Corvette Z06
198 mph


Pontiac GTO
18 s
Corvette Z06
8.3 s

1/4 mile

Pontiac GTO
16.1 s

Braking distance at 60mph

Pontiac GTO
199.5 ft

Data points Key details of the Pontiac GTO


Pontiac GTO


Pontiac GTO
375 HP
Corvette Z06
500 HP
Nissan 350Z
283 HP

In The News From around the web


Pontiac GTO

With the new look came increased horsepower from improved intake manifolds and radical camshafts.

Pontiac GTO

IN 1967, Pontiac had to revise their top model GTO according to a GM mandate that limited engine size to 400 in³ and a single carburetor on everything but their sports cars.
The 400 HO used a new exhaust manifolds, the 1966 Tri-power camshaft and a Rochester Quadrajet on a new intake manifold.

Pontiac GTO

In 1966 the GTO became a model in its own right and Pontiac equipped it with the 389 in³ Tri-Power engine which produced 360 bhp.
The regular model could do the 1/4 mile in about 15 seconds and the Ram-Air was slightly faster.

Pontiac GTO

The high-tech seats provide lateral support, wrapping around the driver and front passenger and complementing the great handling characteristics of the chassis.
Add this to the obvious performance of the vehicle and you have a rear-wheel-drive V-8-powered premium sports coupe wrapped in a seamless, modern design.

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Pontiac
Price $2,787
Year 1965
Highest auction price 1965 Pontiac GTO Tri-Power Convertible, $286k, June 2007
Highway mileage 19 MPG


Chief designer Russel Gee
Chief engineer John DeLorean
Platform Pontiac A-Body
Generation First Generation
Body style Coupe
Top type Hard fixed


Transmission make Pontiac 4 Speed mnaual
Drivetrain 2WD
Shift system Manual
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 4 gears
Axle ratio 3.9:1
Paddle shifters N/A

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front suspension Compression Type ball joint, Independent
Rear suspension 4 link, Unknown
Front brakes Pontiac Solid Drum
Rear brakes Pontiac Solid Drum
Front tires Pontiac 8.25 x 14
Front wheels Unknown/? Unknown
Wheel material Steel
Rear tires Pontiac 8.25 x 14
Rear wheels Unknown/? Unknown
Wheel material Steel

road tests

Top speed 114 mph
1/4 mile 16.1 s
0-60mph 5.8 s
0-100mph 18 s
Distance 199.5 ft

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 9.48 lb/hp
Maximum hp 375 HP @ 5,200 RPM
Maximum torque 424 ft-lb @ 3,600 RPM
Engine placement Front
Weight distribution 56%/44%
Curb-to-curb turning radius 40.9 feet
Steering system Recirculating ball


Engine make Pontiac V8
Displacement 6,362 cc
Cylinders V8
Air compressor None
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 10.75:1
Bore/stroke 4.06 in / 3.75 in
Block material Cast iron
Cylinder head material Cast iron
Valvetrain Overhead valve (OHV)
VVT system None
Valves per cylinder 2 valves

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,556 lb
Width 74.4 in
Height 54 in
Length 206.4 in
Front track width 58 in
Ground clearance 6.1 in
Wheelbase 115 in
Has a rear spoiler No
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