After a 30-year hiatus, the Pontiac GTO returned in 2004. Built in Australia by GM subsidiary Holden, the 2004 GTO is based on the Monaro CV8. Holden rebadged the Monaro CV8s with all new “GTO 5.7 Litre” emblems at their Elizabeth plant as 2004 GTOs for export into the United States. Adding a split front grille with a Pontiac crest in the middle and a “GTO” nameplate on the driver’s side grille gave the 2004 GTO a relation to the GTOs of the ‘60s and ‘70s. The 2004 GTO was offered in only one body style. Unique to the 2004 GTO, the hood has no hoodscoop design and the dual exhaust tailpipes exit together on the driver’s side rear of the car.
The 2004 GTO is powered by an LS1 5.7 Litre aluminum block V8 (the same engine as in the Corvettes of the time) rated at 340 hp. The transmission choices were a six-speed manual (the same transmission as in the Corvette ZO6 of the time) or an electronically controlled Hydra-Matic four-speed automatic.
2004 GTO Production Numbers:
8,466 with the manual six-speed transmission
7,262 with the Hydra-Matic four-speed automatic transmission
Total Production: 15,728