GM is discontinuing production of its venerable Northstar V-8 by the end of this year, but to give the DOHC engine a proper sendoff, we’re teasing a number of vehicles that used the engine in different forms.
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Did You Name Yesterday’s Northstar?
You sure did, so long as you answered the Pontiac Bonneville GXP.
Although Pontiac toyed with the notion of a performance-tuned Bonneville GXP with SEMA concepts back in 2002, the dream didn’t become reality until 2004, when engineers stuffed the 4.6-liter Northstar into the H-body’s engine compartment.
Some suggested the Bonneville GXP was a gap-filler for the Oldsmobile Aurora, which died in 2003 — two years before the brand itself did. Ultimately, the Bonneville GXP wasn’t long for this world, either. Production of the V-8 Bonnie ceased a year later when production of Pontiac’s front-wheel-drive premium luxury sedan ended.