Like the 2004 and 2005 model years of the GTO, the 2006 model was once again a Holden Manaro imported from the GM subsidiary in Australia fitted with Pontiac and GTO emblems. While the 2006 GTO looked very much like the 2005 model, changes for 2006 included revised blacked-out tail lamps, illuminated steering wheel radio controls, faster moving power seat motors, and an interior power door lock switch. Along with the 2005 model year, the 2006 GTO was powered by the LS2 engine that was rated at 400 hp. The standard transmission was a four-speed overdrive automatic, but a six-speed, close-ratio manual transmission was a more popular option.
In February of 2006 it was announced that GM would halt imports of the GTO in September, making 2006 the last model year for the new generation GTO. The GTO’s inability to meet new airbag deployment standards that were going into effect in 2007 was cited as the main reason for this, however, the new generation of GTOs was originally intended for only a three year run anyway.
2006 GTO Production Numbers:
8,764 with the optional manual six-speed
5,184 with the automatic transmission
Total Production: 13,948