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Pontiac GTO (1968)


Pontiac GTO (1968)

Using what was previously a Ferrari model name, Pontiac created the GTO (Grand Turismo Omologato) and by 1968 it had more power than anything Italian and the handling to match. The torquey 400ci (6.6-liter) engine meant the Safe-T-Track limited-slip differential was essential. For 1968 the GTO, having been out since 1964, had a new body style which improved looks while retaining an aggressive look. It was also slighter shorter in the wheelbase than its predecessor, but kept the separate chassis and body. At the front it used unequal-length A-arms, while the live rear axle used trailing arms and coil springs with separate shocks. Three versions of the engine were available in 1968, the base having 350bhp (261kW), the second featuring a higher lift cam and 360bhp (268kW), and third, the Ram Air II with improved heads and hood cold-air feed, giving 366bhp (273kW).

Pontiac GTO (1968) Specifications

Top speed:120 mph (192 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):6.4 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:400 ci (6,554 cc)
Transmission:5-speed manual
Max power:360 bhp (268 kW) @ 5,400 rpm
Max torque:445 lb ft (602 Nm) @ 3,800 rpm
Weight:3,506 lb (1,595 kg)
Economy:11 mpg (3.9 km/I)
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