Source: GMIThe widely anticipated variants of the popular Pontiac G6 are arriving in a showroom near you. As Pontiac announced about a year ago, the G6 will have a coupe, 4-cylinder and convertible- along with GTP versions of all the body styles, all of which will be available in 2006. As of this week, 3 of the upcoming variants are in shipping to dealerships around the country.
One of those three is the GTP sedan. The performance version of the normal G6 sedan uses General Motors’ 3.9L V6. The new powertrain is good for 240 horsepower and 241 lb.-ft. of torque. Along with the higher-output engine, the GTP sports; automatic climate control, XM Satellite radio, Monsoon radio system, StabiliTrak and a hydraulic steering system as standard equipment. There is an optional 6-speed manual transmission. The base price for the GTP sedan is $24,835 including destination.
The new 4-cylinder G6 sedan is also arriving right now. It’s powered by GM’s ECOTEC 2.4L 4-cylinder with 170 horsepower and 170 lb.-ft. torque. If the 4-cylinder versions of the G6 competitors are any indication of how popular the 4-cylinder G6 will be, this could be a big hit.
Last but certainly not least, the very sporty G6 coupe is currently being shipped to dealerships alongside the GTP and 4-cylinder models. Hard-top convertible versions of the G6 are scheduled to arrive in the first quarter of 2006- a detailed timeframe has not been set.
Going along with GM’s efforts to reduce rebates, Pontiac has lowered the sticker price of all G6 sedan models by $900. The reductions were effective as of June 13, 2005 and include all 2006 G6 sedan models. The 2006 G6 models that arrived on dealer lots prior June 13th had their prices adjusted. The coupe pricing was not affected in the reductions.
Although Pontiac declined to comment on a possible G6 GXP, it is expected that a GXP version of the G6 will arrive in the 2007 model year. GM has several options for possible powertrains for the G6 GXP, but the 3.6L V6 is likely. At the 2004 SEMA auto show in Las Vegas Pontiac revealed a G6 GXP show car. The bright-orange show car was powered by GM’s 3.6L high-output premium V6 with 275 horsepower mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. Along with the performance upgrades, the GXP sported revised front and rear fascias.