Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Far end of the P pond
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The overall stance of this GTO is low and yet quite wide. Viewing from the side, the front third is a mixture of angular lines mixed with subtle curves which blend in with the overall sweeping yet delicate curve that terminates in the rear spoiler at a sharp angle up, reminiscing the predecessor. There are no massive wings or spoilers so prevelant in other comparable cars of the time almost as if resembling a midlife crisis statement on wheels. The three slanted, rectangular air slits in the rear quarter seem to be in perfect harmony with the nearby acutely angled spoiler.
Standing next to the car, one realize how low profiled the whole car is. This sensation is confirmed and amplified as you sit inside behind the steering wheel. The seats in naked eyse appear similar to comparable models but when you place your butt, one quickly realize the contour is much more accentuated and it feels as if your butt sinks into the seat. This is because the rear half of the seat is carved in much more, giving you the sensation that you are not just sitting, but instead being wrapped around and held within the seat. This sinking sensation is amplified with the firm, and I mean almost hard periphery of the seat, so much so that you are in constant awareness of the pressure from the hardness at your thighs and hip and lower back. Because of the aformentioned, driver's eye level is at the headlights/brake lamps of other cars nearby. The overall sensation is that you feel you are sitting right above the tarmac and this sensation seems more pronounced than, say my Dino, which is very low in position too.
Looking out to the rear mirror, your eye level is at par with the tall, rectangular mirror. Because of the massive mirror and the post combined with the wide and thick A pillar, visibility at that angle is somewhat compromised. This necessitates extra precaution when making turns to make sure things are clear.
As you sit in the seat and get used to the instrumentations, you notice the steering wheel position is very high and positioned further out and more at an angle than comparable cars. A bit strange but takes no time getting used to. Taking a twisted attitude, it seems to give the car a special flavor. This is accentuated when you place your right hand to the gear shift knob which appears to be taller, ....right at where my knee joint level.
The overall interior space is quite roomy and comfortable. Ample clearance above head, leg room is no problem, which was rather narrow in the 275. No arm rest here, probably not meant to be driven at ease. Not much space behind the seat where the engine sits, being placed as close to the center for midmounting, so much so that there is a huge "buldge" behind and between the two seats. Belt change is performed here by removing the cover. This is nice. The aformentioned midmounting of engine can be confirmed when you look into the rear engine compartment and see that the front third of the engine is hardly visible because it is shoved into the passenger space as much as possible.
Now that you have spent couple of minutes acquainting yourself to the interior and instruments, it is time to start the engine. Place the stick in neutral, stepping on the clutch pedal and leaving the gas pedal free, your right hand turns the key,...then one extra chore of pushing the start button to the lower left to the key. Within a second or so, the GTO wakes up with a deep,... deep, rumbling, almost growling loud roar of a beast. TBC ....
Last edited by Italian Lover; 04-27-2013 at 02:30 PM.
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