just looking at the car from any angle, you might never
know that under its plainclothes hides a speed demon.
For the most part the GXP is a Grand Prix with an attitude
and a few bells and whistles added to make it a real
sportscar. Perhaps only the front fender vent might
give it away.
can seat five, you get a nice trunk, you pay a decent
sticker price (base model is under $30,000) and hopefully
you can keep your insurance down. Our tester came in
an iridescent blue-green. GM engineers buried a 5.3-liter
V8 Displacement on Demand engine coupled with paddle
shift on the steering wheel and installed some beefy
performance. For good measure, they added performance-tuned
suspension, wider front track design and Stabilitrak,
18-inch aluminum wheels and Magnasteer II. With that
package, you’re ready for the track, since pushing
the GXP to performance on the streets might get you
into trouble. All that power seems to be a bit much
for the front wheel drive causing swaying and commanding
the driver to hold on tightly to the wheel. Don’t
let grandma drive this one. You’ll also experience
some understeer, especially at higher speeds.
car has an interesting interior layout with stylish
stitched leather on the front bucket seats, lots of
plastic and the cool heads-up display you find in the Chevrolet
Corvette and Cadillac
XLR. Furthermore, the front seats fold forward completely.
fast, somewhat comfortable and practical but not expensive.
Head to your local friendly dealer for a test drive.