Pontiac flexes its muscles with GTO

The Pontiac GTO is so hot, it looks fast just standing still.

The Pontiac GTO is so hot, it looks fast just standing still.

Start it up and the V8 engine roars. Driving this car reminds you where the term "muscle car" came from.

The six-speed manual transmission handled well, although with that many speeds you will barely spend any time in first before you have to shift.

The manual transmission is a $695 option, but I think it's a must-have for car purists.

The interior of the GTO - I kept hearing the Little GTO song in my head while I drove - was very comfortable.

This is one of the few cars I've driven where I couldn't reach the pedals with the seat all the way back. Being six-feet tall, I'm normally cramped in cars; not here.

I was testing the car on a weekend when I had a party and everyone who came asked about it, so it will get you noticed just like the Mustang, which I reviewed last week.

In fact, I'd give this car a slight edge on the Mustang because of its interior comfort.

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  • John N. Frank writes Toy Box. He is the Chicago-based Midwest bureau chief for PRWeek.

    Price $32,295 base price; as tested, $33,690

    Available at Pontiac dealers

    Specs V8 engine, six-speed manual transmission optional; 17 mpg city, 25 mpg highway

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