by: Jenny McLane
"The G6 coupe and convertible are uniquely Pontiac vehicles that are great additions to the family started by the G6 sedan," said Jim Bunnell, Pontiac-GMC general manager. "The G6 coupe delivers outstanding performance and generous interior room, and the G6 is the only hardtop convertible that has room for four adults."
Both the G6 coupe and G6 convertible will be available in GT and GTP models. The GTPs will feature a 240 horsepower 3.9L OHV V6 coupled to a 4-speed automatic with manual shift mode or a 6-speed manual in the coupe and sedan models - a package that targets driving enthusiasts.
From styling to interior fit, finish and materials quality, interior room to driving dynamics, the new G6 is a solid step up from the old model. The coupe and convertible models have all-new body panels rearward of the A-pillars. Large, wraparound tail lamps on both models create a distinct look compared to the G6 sedan. LED-lit Center High Mounted Stop Lamps (CHMSLs) on the coupe and convertible differ from the traditional incandescent bulbs of the sedan's CHMSL. The coupe's CHMSL is located at the base of the rear window, while the convertible's is a wider lamp incorporated into the decklid, creating a distinct design element.
Powered by the 3.5L V-6, GT models produce 200 horsepower (149 kw) at 4800 rpm with 220 lb.-ft. of torque (302 Nm) at 4400 rpm. The 3500 engine is backed by the Hydra-Matic 4T45-E electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode.
The GTP models are powered by an all-new 3.9L HO V-6, which is rated at 240 horsepower (179 kw) at 5900 rpm with 245 lb.-ft. of torque (339 Nm) at 2800 rpm. It is paired in the standard package with the Hydra-Matic 4T65-E with manual shift mode. It also is available with a six-speed manual transmission in the G6 coupe.
The GTs use the 4T45-E Hydra-Matic, and the GTPs use the 4T65-E Hydra-Matic, both with a manual shift mode rendered superfluous with only four forward gears
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About the author:
Jenny McLane is a 36 year old native of Iowa and has a knack for research on cars and anything and everything about it. She works full time as a Market Analyst for one of the leading car parts suppliers in the country today.