Pontiac takes the SUV driving experience to an unexpected level of performance with the 2008 Torrent GXP, which offers new levels of performance, with a 264-horsepower (197 kW)* 3.6L V-6 and a host of new standard features, such as GM’s OnStar safety and security system. Ride and handling characteristics have also been enhanced for the 2008 model.
How many SUVs in Torrent’s segement can achieve a 0-60 mph time of 6.9 seconds? Like its GXP siblings, the Torrent offers an uncompromising balance of performance, style and comfort, and is differentiated from the standard Torrent with an aggressive stance and exterior design that includes a unique hood, a new front fascia with cooling inlets and detailed grille inserts.
The power in this package comes from GM’s 3.6L V-6 DOHC power plant with variable valve timing that supplies 264 horsepower (197 kW)* and 250 lb.-ft of torque (339 Nm)*. Even the exhaust note resonates performance with the driver. The engine is mated to GM Hydra-Matic’s 6T70 efficient six-speed transmission with tap-up/tap-down feature, which provides attributes of a manual transmission and saves fuel. The Torrent GXP is available with a standard front-wheel-drive or an available all-wheel-drive (AWD) configuration.
Torrent’s segment-leading 112.5-inch (2,857 mm) wheelbase and wide 61.8-inch (1,569 mm) track help assure a steady, secure drive. The front suspension has a MacPherson strut design and the rear features a four-link independent layout. The front struts have internal rebound springs which improve roll stiffness and steering sensitivity, while maintaining ride comfort. Stiffer shock valving, spring rates, suspension bushing; larger, solid stabilizer bars and hydraulic power steering contribute to a more response and sporty driving experience. Specific 235/50R18 all-season radial sport tires complement the Torrent GXP’s ride and handling characteristics.
Complementing the new, aggressive exterior design, the Torrent GXP sports a distinct hood, a one-inch lower stance and with lower front and rear fascias and eighteen-inch flangeless, high-polished forged aluminum five-spoke wheels. Details such as chrome dual exhaust tips reflect the vehicle’s prowess.
The Torrent GXP’s exterior sophistication is carried inside with a leather-wrapped, three-spoke steering wheel and GXP-specific instruments, highlighted with Pontiac’s signature red backlighting and a 140-mph speedometer. A chic, “piano black” appearance on the instrument panel and surrounding the shifter gate add a new performance dimension to the interior. Perforated leather or tailored cloth covered heated seats, with enhanced lateral support, are available and coordinate with the door trim.