A part of me will always envy John Shaft beyond being a bad mother and a cat that won’t cop out when danger is all about. This envy is based on the movie magic of having a theme song playing in the background when making an appearance. As I am a fairly boring dude with a lot of dull qualities, I don’t foresee an original tune meant to make me look cool. My dream of being cool like Shaft is a passion project that is fruitless, but I knew that from the beginning.
This notion of having a cool theme song extends to cars and, even though the final incarnation of the Pontiac GTO doesn’t have “three deuces and four-speed,” I often get “G.T.O.” by Ronny and the Daytonas stuck in my head when I see one. Regardless of the generation, the Pontiac GTO is worthy of a theme song because that car will always be cool, unlike this scribe.
A stock 2006 GTO’s LS2 6.0-liter V8 engine produced a factory-rated 400 horsepower when new, but this one has higher performance aspirations. The stock LS2 engine was upgraded with a MagnaCharger supercharger, Mahle flat top pistons, King XP bearings, and a BTR PDS Stage 2 camshaft kit. To handle the extra horsepower, this GTO’s TREMEC six-speed manual transmission was beefed up with a Monster twin-disc clutch and flywheel and a Tick performance throwout bearing. A 3.64 limited-slip differential gets the power to the rear wheels.
“A burst of Brazen Orange can be seen when this car blows by you,” the listing states. “The paint is very nice but does show with chips and scrapes on the rocker panels and front bumper of this title verified 44,027 clocked original mile car. This car is equipped with the Sport Appearance Package, meaning it has a more aggressive front fascia, recessed grille inserts, rocker extensions, a taller rear spoiler, and a rear fascia extension.”
The listing price is $32,500. To me, this is a competitive price for a low-mileage GTO with numerous performance upgrades and finished in a rare color as only 340 2006 GTOs were finished in Brazen Orange.