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2006 Pontiac G6 GXP Concept

Erik JohnsonwritersDean Wilkiephotographers

This coupe is the second G6 GXP show car--the first was a sedan shown at the 2004 SEMA show. Sitting nearly an inch lower than a standard G6, this version sports a ram-air fed, 270-hp, 3.9-liter V-6 mated to a six-speed manual. Inside, Pontiac has added red chrome trim and red leather inserts for the seats and door panels. Exterior bolt-ons include nineteen-inch wheels and an aggressive body kit that adds, among other things, scoops for the ram-air system and a funky spoiler. The car's look brings to mind nothing so much as a G6 coupe dressed up in an ill-fitting, homemade Batmobile costume. But the truth is that it doesn't matter how it looks, because this car is exactly what the moribund G6 lineup needs. So forget the concepts--bring on the production car already.