Six Things to Know About the Pontiac GTO
- Legendary engineer John DeLorean's most notable contribution to Pontiac is the GTO which he co-created with engine specialist Russell Gee and chassis engineer Bill Collins. It was DeLorean's idea to name it GTO from the abbreviation of Gran Turismo Omologato (the Italian for Grand Tourer Homolgated) based on a successful racecar's name. Because of these initials, this muscle car has been nicknamed as "The Goat."
- Because of this racing car roots, it's only natural that several drivers have chosen to drive the Pontiac GTO on the track. Australian professional racing driver Joey Scarallo used one during the 2009 SCCA World Challenge. Meanwhile, Champion Formula D driver and occasional stunt driver Rhys Millen drove a drift car version of the Pontiac GTO and won two seasons in Winnipeg in 2004 and 2005.
- There's another sportsman who's also a fan of this muscle car. WWE wrestling legend John Cena doesn't think much of the GTO's handling on the road. Still, as a patriotic muscle car enthusiast, he owns three of these Pontiac cars at their top-of-the-line configuration. He also appreciates the fact that his GTOs are both look and sound loud thanks to the Ram air flow motor on his red 1969 and red 1970 models as well as the 454-cubic motor on his black 1971 model.
- Cena's fellow celebrity, singer turned actor Justin Timberlake, doesn't quite share his preferences in patronizing only American cars. While he normally drives the German Audi, Timberlake was recently seen driving a classic black Pontiac GTO convertible with a woman on the passenger's side.
- Action movies love the Pontiac GTO, whether it's the classic version from the 1960s-1970s or the more recent 2004-2006 reincarnation. The classic has been featured in xXx with Vin Diesel, Knight and Day with Tom Cruise, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle with Lucy Liu, Faster with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and The Punisher with Thomas Jane. Meanwhile, the reincarnation found its place in The Mechanic with Jason Statham, Herbie: Fully Loaded with Lindsay Lohan, and Transformers with Shia LaBoeuf.
- The classic version of the Pontiac GTO has also been seen on the small screen. It had quite a few appearances in various TV shows including The Monkees, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, I Dream of Jeannie, 90210, Miami Vice, Magnum P.I., and The Walking Dead among others.