Here Are The Fastest Pontiacs Ever (And 5 Plymouths)
Pontiac and Plymouth produced some of the fastest and sportiest muscle cars in automotive history. And although you can hardly find them today, they were the dream vehicle of many muscle car enthusiasts. When you needed speed, Pontiac and Plymouth muscle cars were your best bet.
You have to break the bank to get these classic Pontiac and Plymouth collections. Even though most of the cars on this list can’t hit 200mph, they come close, and that’s pretty impressive for their time. Let’s take a look at the fastest Pontiacs and Plymouths of all time, how fast they can go and what powers them.
ten Pontiac Grand Prix NASCAR 1982
The 1982 Pontiac Grand Prix NASCAR was built in honor of racing legend Richard Petty. This road-legal race car is sure to turn heads every time you pass it. It hits 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, so many racing enthusiasts consider the Pontiac Grand Prix to be NASCAR’s last major stock car series.
If you ever find yourself behind the wheel of a 2004 Pontiac GTO in a race against the NASCAR Pontiac Grand Prix, think twice before hitting the gas pedal. You would probably lose 0.2 seconds.
9 1965 Plymouth Sport Fury Commando 426 4-speed
When Chrysler reverted to the full-size Chrysler C-body platform of the Fury, the 1965 Plymouth Sport Fury Commando was born. This Legend was powered by a 426 cu in (7.0 L) Wedge V8 engine with a 4-speed transmission.
The two-door Sport Fury Commando accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in under 6.3 seconds, making it a very spirited car. The Sport Fury Commando with 365 horsepower tops out at around 120 mph.
8 2008 Pontiac G8 GT
The 2008 Pontiac G8 GT runs on a 6.0-liter V8 OHV engine that develops 361 hp at 5300 rpm and 385 lb-ft at 4400 rpm through a 6-speed automatic transmission. This top-of-the-line G8 comes with a computer-controlled cylinder deactivation system for improved fuel efficiency.
In a road test conducted by Motor Trend, the 2008 G8 GT sprints to 100 km/h in 5.0 seconds. It also hit a quarter mile at 102.8 mph in just 13.8 seconds. This impressive performance puts the G8 GT on the same level of speed as the BMW 335i.
seven 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda
The first generation Plymouth Barracudas were sporty, compact and fast, but they were no match for this generation of Ford Mustangs. This led to the introduction of the 1971 Hemi Cuda, which featured a longitudinally mounted cast-iron 7.0-liter V8 engine.
Plymouth had two things in mind when building the 1971 Hemi Cuda: power and speed. The exotic powertrain with upgraded suspension develops 425 hp and 490 lb-ft. The 1971 Hemi Cuda hits 60 mph in 5.8 seconds and tops out at 155 mph.
6 2005 Pontiac GT
In 2004, Pontiac brought the GTO nameplate back to the United States as the rebadged Holden Monaro coupe, with the following model year seeing a power boost of up to 400 hp, thanks to the 6.0-litre LS2 engine, which was the same engine. in the C6 Corvette.
The Pontiac GTO reaches 60 mph in 5 seconds, with a top speed of 160 mph. With this speed, the Pontiac GTO ranks among the 10 fastest cars in 2005, according to Sportscar Standing.
5 1969 Plymouth GTX440
Plymouth took over the muscle car scene of the late 1960s with the arrival of the GTX 440, available as a Super Commando 440-cid V8 version. Plymouth positioned the GTX as a luxury hot rod, with upgrades to the taillights and grille.
The 1969 GTX 440 was capable of hitting 60 mph in 6.8 seconds, but a 4.10 final drive took the time to 5.7 seconds. The GTX 440 muscle car hit the quarter mile in 14.6 seconds and topped out at 122 mph.
4 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 1989
Pontiac released the 1989 Firebird Trans Am to mark its 20th anniversary. The Firebird Trans Am gets its power from a rebuilt version of the Buick 3.8-liter turbo V6 engine. In a test conducted by Car and Driver, the 1989 Firebird Trans Am sped to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and hit a quarter-mile to 101 mph in 13.4 seconds.
Based on the performance of the Firebird Trans Am, it is one of the fastest production cars in US history. The Indianapolis 500 chose the Firebird Trans Am as its 1989 lead car because of the way it sprints like a runaway rocket sled.
3 1966 Plymouth Satellite 426 Hemi
General Motors built many iconic muscle cars in the 1960s, but the 1966 Plymouth Satellite 426 Hemi tops them all. The Satellite 426 Hemi was available in both convertible and hardtop body styles and featured a 426cid Hemi V8 engine that could develop 425 hp and 490 lb-ft.
Only 82 units of the 1966 Satellite 426 Hemi were produced, so it’s pretty rare to find anyone today. This muscle car reaches 60 mph in 5.3 seconds, with a top speed of 120 mph.
2 1964 Pontiac Tempest GTO
Most muscle car enthusiasts were a bit skeptical that Pontiac named its sports model Tempest GTO. But after a test drive by Car and Driver, the conversation shifted to the Tempest GTO’s remarkable acceleration and handling. The 1964 Tempest GTO goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds, almost as impressive as the Ferrari GTO.
Under the hood, there is a 389 cubic inch V8 engine that develops 348 hp with the Muncie 4-speed transmission. The top speed of the Tempest GTO is 120 mph.
1 1969 Plymouth Road Runner 426 Hemi
Muscle cars were already common in the mid-60s and Plymouth wanted to win the hearts of buyers in need of speed, so the Road Runner was born. The initial version of the Road Runner was available in 383 cu-in which delivered 335 hp before Plymouth replaced it with the 426 cu-in Hemi.
Equipped with a big-block V8 that fit snugly between the two fenders, the 1969 Road Runner went from 0-60 in 5.3 seconds. There were only about 780 units of the Road Runner 426 Hemi that were made.
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