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Latest model: Pontiac Grand Prix 2005
Pontiac Grand Prix 2005The Pontiac Grand Prix is an automobile manufactured by the Pontiac division of Basic Motors Corporation. First presented as part of Pontiac's full-size model product for the 1962 model year, the Pontiac Grand Prix name has also been applied to vehicles in the personal luxury vehicle sphere segment and the mid-size product, slotting below the big Bonneville in the company's lineup. As of mid-model year 2006, the Pontiac Grand Prix is Pontiac's largest auto product in production, superceeding the recently cancelled Pontiac Bonneville program.

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In 1997, the W-bodies got a major redesign. The first 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix was built on August 12, 1996. Promoted widely for its "wide track" look, the second generation W-body Pontiac Grand Prix sold well. There were 3 versions available in 1997; the SE, GT, and GTP. Also beginning in 1997 was the inclusion of a supercharger for the GTP, boosting performance to 240 hp. The Pontiac Grand Prix was made in the Fairfax plant in Kansas City, Kansas until 2003, when production was shifted to Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. The Fairfax plant was then retooled to create the current Chevrolet Malibu. The last Pontiac Grand Prix coupe rolled off the assembly line on July 19, 2002, and the coupe was replaced by the Pontiac GTO for 2004.

The Pontiac Grand Prix was revised for 2004 on a updated version of the GM W platform. 2005 saw the high-end GXP trim as the successor for the now-defunct Bonneville. The first 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix was built on May 5, 2003. A notable addition to the 2005 line is the Gxp's small-block 5. 3 L V8, the Pontiac Grand Prix's first V8 since 1987. With the closing of the Oshawa plant that produces the vehicle in 2008, the Pontiac Grand Prix will likely end production, and for 2009 it may be replaced by the Zeta-based G8.

The Pontiac Grand Prix remains basicly unchanged from 2004. With the Base coupe, the GT, GTP and the GXP. 2005 Is the last year of the GTP. In 2006, the GT provides the Supercharged 3800 Series III Motor. The GT has the potent 3800 Series III motor, which gains a 20 bhp boost from intake and head redesigns, as well as an electronic throttle body. The GXP powerplant is the LS4 V8, a 5. 3 litre Displacement On Demand motor based off of the legendary LS1 block. It has a shortened crankshaft, and a host of other modifications to make it fit into a FWD car. The GXP also has Tapshift, a Formula One inspired technology that enables the driver to control gears semi-manually. The motor has 303 bhp and 323 ft·lbf of Torque.