I could go on and on and on about the great things I experience with the GTO. I doubt I could ever put into words the way it really feels to get in and stomp on the loud pedal. The words I wrote above really don't do it full justice.
The GTO may not be the most stylish car in the parking lot, but it accomplishes its job like few other cars that I have driven. I constantly get people asking me "is it as fast as everyone thinks it is?", or "will it REALLY do 200 mph?" and a lot of "will you do a burnout when you leave the parking lot please?" from the younger guys. This car has a difficult to live up to reputation, nearly that of a supercar, but in my opinion, it lives up to that reputation. I have pulled up to Mustangs at stoplights and the guy would refuse to even look over at me. Chances are that I wouldn't have stomped him THAT badly, but it's fairly obvious that he doesn't want to tangle with the GTO. This car is definitely a word-of-mouth and test-drive seller. It's not something you see on the road every day, so it's somewhat mythical in its nature. I had read reviews, visited forums and asked as many questions about the GTO as I could to both non-GTO owners and GTO owners, but NOTHING prepared me for that test drive. I fired it up, and my first impression was "wow, this sounds good", but it wasn't something that totally blew me away, since I've been around and driven a fair number of muscle cars, both past and present. Toodling around town to get out into the country was a fairly interesting experience, the low end torque makes this car a pleasure to drive, especially if it's a 6-speed. The second I got out into the country, on an empty road, I came to a stop, put it into first and stomped on the pedal. The rear tires instantly lit up through first, second and well into 3rd...and in an instant I was up to 80mph, I shifted into 4th and the car was still pulling so hard that i doubt I could have lifted my back off of the seat if I had to. I looked down as 120 mph came and went and decided I'd better slow down a bit before I lift off and go into orbit. I put it into 5th and just listened to the engine as it winded down...I was hooked, there was no going back to test drive any other cars, I'd found precisely what I wanted. I got back to the dealer and told 'em to write it up and I drove home an hour later in the most fun car I have ever had.
No matter how bad my day is going, getting behind the wheel of the goat always makes me feel better. This is a driver's car. It performs nearly flawlessly on the curvy roads of the old Ozark Mountains as it does on the flat, straight, open highways of the desert southwest as you fly along without a care in the world.
I took this car from here in Missouri to Vegas at the end of February of this year, and I got 25 miles per gallon over the trip, which is fairly good for a car with this large of an engine. Even dragging along at 60mph, the RPMs are at a slothlike 1550, yet you have enough torque to climb a mountain without shifting down. It's a sheer joy to drive in every respect. If you DON'T have fun in this car, there's something wrong with you.
When it comes to "bang for the buck", you simply CANNOT get something better than the GTO. 400 Horsepower and 400 ft/lb of torque, great interior, superb ride and handling, room for 4 normal-sized adults and corvette-like performance for $33k...how can you top that???