2002 Pontiac Grand Prix Reviews Auto and New Car Test Drive

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Turning 40 style.

Introduction

Pontiac Prix is the extrovert in GM’s family, a sinewy body in a T-shirt, flaunting a style by NASCAR. The Grand Prix may refer to European road but the Pontiac Grand Prix is as as a hot dog at the speedway on Saturday night.

the Grand Prix can back its braggadocio with plenty of excitement, thanks to a thoroughly platform, powerful engines, brakes and excellent handling. The GTP in particular, puts enough through the front wheels to drivers interested and alert. Yet its is impressively modest, compared to an sport sedan.

For 2002, Prix turns 40 in fine with a special 40th Edition offered on both two and models in GT or GTP trim. The package a unique rear spoiler, heat extractors, dual NASCAR-style roof fences, wheels, and special Dark Metallic paint. Two-tone seats in Ruby Red and Graphite the interior.

The Grand Prix includes a four-door sedan in SE GT ($23,085), and GTP ($25,805) trim, a coupe at the GT ($22,935) and GTP ($25,625) Three different V6 engines are along with two automatic

SE comes standard with trusty 3.1-liter aluminum-head V6. good for 175 horsepower and 195 foot-pounds of

GT models are equipped with an 3.8-liter V6 that produces 200 and 225 foot-pounds of torque. The GTP adds a supercharger that boosts to 240 and torque to 280.

For 2002, GT boast more standard including a six-way power seat, steering-wheel audio a cargo net, and a security Also for 2002, SE models more value, with control and a remote trunk

Walkaround

Grand Prix’s is bold and stunning. It drew and industry awards when it was for 1997. In an era when Asian, and American shapes flow neutrality, the Grand Prix is the American of cars.

Its lines are yet evoke memories of the muscle of the ’60s.

Our GTP sedan test car in a shiny graphite shade. and classy, this paint much for the car’s lines. But does as much as the low, coupe-like roofline.

Remember just a few years ago, doors meant a square-edged Other eye-catching elements the twin-post aerodynamic sideview the mini-megaphone twin exhaust and low-profile tires mounted on wheels that reveal disc brakes and calipers.

The Prix’s wide track its overall shape, which is impossible to fault. Its wide, hood flows down Pontiac’s trademark split smooth fender flares just the right amount, optic headlamps form clear eyes, and big muscular make it look ready to But it’s clearly a Pontiac fat rocker panel fascia, recesses for the foglights, horizontal bars in the taillamps, a rear spoiler and definition grooves in its bumpers.

Interior

Our test car was equipped leather seating surfaces and a power glass sunroof

The graphite gray leather were great. Four-way support for the driver is standard on and electric heat a $100 The mounting track of the driver’s is wide, to allow more room in the back. (Unfortunately, the side has none of this.) The is comfortable when nudged by the right leg, and there are padded armrests for driving both elbows parked.

The is very friendly for long

And speaking of long drives, the Prix offers an eight-speaker sound system ($345 on with no less than adjustments. It’s all that you expect in sound quality and With selector controls on the wheel, and CD and radio data mph in the windshield’s head-up display, clear that tunes are a priority among Grand buyers.

The self-dimming rearview mirror, on GTP, is nice. Over-the-shoulder is restricted, however.

There’s head room in the back than in front, but it feels more because rear-seat heads ride aft of the headliner. Two are contained in a wide shared which folds down and the space for a third passenger, allowing limited access to the There’s a pocket on the back of the seats, but no storage in the rear which have a reflector but no to warn traffic of an open at night. (The front have lights).

There’s a handle over each door, but unless your shoulders are double-jointed, they’ll be the front-seat headrests to exit.

lovers will appreciate the big and rear windows that all the way. The layout and visibility of the gauges is very good, and the digital display of speed in the of the windshield is not a gimmick, it’s an technical innovation and a safety that hasn’t caught on. As for the instrument lighting, opinions long been strongly

A standard driver-information center useful data along some gimmicky stuff. even a combination compass/outside air display on the optional electrochromic

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The information center indicated a average after an 820-mile one that included quite a few shots just to feel supercharger rush. That’s mileage for 240 horsepower, and one virtue of The bad news is that 92-octane is required.

Driving Impression

car has muscle. The supercharged V6 is always for you. Its whiz is restrained, its linear. The engine and transmission lunge, they surge. The in performance mode, downshifts acceleration remarkably smoothly, it probably should have programmed to downshift earlier accelerating hard at lower

With the standard traction turned off, you can burn just like the old days. it’s the front wheels down the black strips.

engines and front-wheel drive torque steer. Most cars will abruptly on the steering wheel when the is floored, and then it’s but the GTP’s supercharger puts out linear torque, holding its 280 foot-pounds over a flat from about 2500 rpm to 5000. The effect is a gentle, tug from the steering wheel may lead to wandering if you don’t on top of it (which only adds to the But be careful: When passing with a stretched-out swerve on a for example, almost all of your is done under the influence of torque steer.

The GTP employs variable-effort electromagnetic steering, which, frankly, we feel. This is good, it means the tuning is spot-on. at speed is tight.

Handling is with quick, solid The chassis, thanks to the wide and rigid body construction, is flat and steady when through smooth curves. The Goodyear Eagle tires under aggressive cornering, but the GTP rapid changes of direction confident, road-hugging equanimity.

The dampens quick little bumps well, although it announces its softness when the get uneven. But that’s a reasonable for the comfortable ride, which is but not harsh, with very vibration transmitted through the of your pants. The four-wheel suspension uses MacPherson and anti-roll bars (30 mm front, 18 mm the suspension tuning allows a amount of jounce at the corners, you feel in your shoulders.

it feels as if the suspension wants to on working, after the bumps are But overall, the Grand Prix is sprung.

The Grand Prix’s brakes are one of its best features, a very solid pedal The 11-inch four-wheel discs are in front, and don’t get hot when overused down steep The brakes inspire confidence slowing dramatically from speeds, and the ABS is noisy but dead under panic stops 65 mph.

Pontiac has taken a lot of unfair for limited engineering refinement. But the Prix doesn’t pretend to be a The GTP, especially, is a very effort: fast but not too fast, but not too sporty, with excellent within limits, and great


Despite some body it’s wonderfully sculpted and yet roomy inside.

Model

SE Sedan $20,965; GT Sedan GT Coupe $22,935; GTP Coupe GTP Sedan $25,805.

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