10 Best GM Creations of the 2000s

Pontiac GTO - Front

With a new CEO and an investment in Fiat Automobiles, GM went into the 2000s with all the guns blazing. Although it eventually had to kill some of its brands later in the decade, GM still had some decent models in its 2000s lineup. A hybrid version of the Silverado/Sierra was launched in 2004 as GM’s first hybrid full-size pick up truck. After a long absence, the legendary Pontiac GTO was brought back in 2004 for a 3-year production run.

Still, in 2004 Cadillac introduced the high-performance CTS-V sedan, while Buick added the Rainier mid-sized luxury SUV. This was quickly followed by the Buick Terraza and Lucerne in the 2005 and 2006 model years respectively. GMC has added the Canyon, Acadia and Yukon Hybrid to its lineup. Chevrolet’s impressive lineup for the decade included a range of pickups such as the Montana coupe utility and the SSR roadster utility. from the tall one list of GM’s creations in the 2000s, here are the biggest.

11 2007 Saturn Sky Red Line

The Saturn Sky is a 2-door roadster built alongside the Pontiac Solstice and released in 2006. Under the hood of the Red Line is a 2-litre I4 turbo engine that can be combined with a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic. transfer. With 260 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, the Red Line gives a 0-100 km/h time of 5.2 seconds.

The Saturn Sky runs the quarter mile in 14 seconds at a speed of 98 mph and reaches a top speed of 141 mph. Standard equipment includes a torque-sensitive differential lock, dual exhausts and StabiliTrak stability control.

10 2004 Cadillac CTS-V

The Cadillac CTS-V was introduced in 2004 as a high-performance 4-door sedan. With its arrival, Cadillac established itself as a worthy competitor to German automakers. Power was taken from a 5.7-liter V8 mated to a Tremec T56 6-speed manual transmission to produce 400 horsepower and 395 lb-ft of torque.

It also got stiffer sway bars and bigger shocks with higher spring rates, while 14-inch Brembo brakes provided strong stopping power. According to GM, the CTS-V could sprint from zero to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and cover the quarter mile in about 13.1 seconds.

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9 2004 Cadillac XLR-V

The XLR-V, unveiled at the New York Auto Show, became the first roadster in Cadillac’s Performance V-Series. Under the hood, Cadillac tucked into the same supercharged V8 mill that powered the STS-V. In the XLR-V, however, the 4.4-liter engine makes 443 horsepower and 414 lb-ft of torque.

It gives the 3840-pound convertible a 0-60 mph time of 4.7 seconds, while the quarter-mile is done in 13 seconds. This Caddy has power seats, a navigation system and a Bose stereo system with 9 speakers. Compared to the “V-less” XLR, it got its bigger brakes from the Chevrolet Corvette Z51.

8 2006 Cadillac Escalade

When the Escalade arrived in 1999 it was underpowered with only 255 ponies under the hood. This was corrected in the second generation and the 2006 model received a 6.0-liter V8 mill with an output of 345 hp. The engine was mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission, while 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS provided braking power.

It had seating for up to eight passengers and had a maximum towing capacity of 7400 pounds. For safety, it had an electronic stability control system, rear parking sensors and cruise control. Furthermore, it had a DVD navigation system and a suspension with road sensors.

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7 2009 Pontiac G8 GXP

The GXP was the short-lived high-performance version of the equally short-lived Pontiac G8. It was only available as a 2009 model and was powered by a 6.2-liter V8 mill with an output of 415 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. It came with a six-speed automatic, while a Tremec six-speed manual was an option.

From rest it could reach 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and the quarter mile in 13 seconds at 109.6 mph. Unfortunately, when GM arrived when GM was in serious financial trouble, it was only in production a year earlier Pontiac was shut down.

6 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

Developed under the code name “Blue Devil”, the ZR1 was the high-performance version of the Corvette Z06. It was powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine with supercharger and intercooler with an output of 638 horsepower and 604 lb-ft of torque. Chevrolet claimed the ZR1 could cover the quarter mile in 11.3 seconds at 131 mph and up to 205 mph.

A polycarbonate window in the center of the carbon fiber hood reveals the engine’s intercooler. It came with Magnetic Selective Ride Control that matched the car’s ride quality to the road conditions.

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5 2009 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 GTI Championship Edition

To celebrate the Corvette’s success in GT1 racing, Chevrolet unveiled an optional limited edition package in 2009 based on the 4LT and Z06 models. -inspired graphics.

In addition to the yellow stitching accents in the interior, it also got embroidered GT1 decals on the seats. Rolling on chrome Spyder rims, the Z06 GT1 Championship Edition was powered by a 7-liter V8 rated at 505 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. Those were difficult times for GM and Chevrolet ended up building far fewer than the planned 600 units.

4 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt SS Turbo

Built on GM’s Delta platform, the Chevrolet Cobalt SS was offered in three versions. Launched in 2008, the turbocharged version came with a 2-liter turbo-4 engine rated at 260 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. It also came with a five-speed manual transmission, launch control, traction control and four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes.

The 2008 Cobalt SS was good for a 5.5 second sprint from 0-60 mph and a quarter mile time of 13.9 seconds at 102.5 mph. Plus, the journey to the 160mph top speed is fun, thanks to excellent driving dynamics.

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3 2006 Pontiac GT

Before the Pontiac GTO rested for good, it was brought back for one last time. When it landed in 2004, it was criticized for its conservative design and high starting price. Under the unassuming appearance, the 2006 model hid a naturally aspirated 6-liter V8 unit and a hardened powertrain.

It was pushed with 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft to a 0-62 mph time of 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 170 mph. In addition to being powerful, fast and agile, it is also comfortable enough for everyday driving.

2 2007 GMC Sierra 1500

The all-new third-generation GMC Sierra arrived as a 2007 model on the GM GMT900 platform. It received positive reviews for its powerful engine options, decent fuel economy and smooth handling. Powertrain choices ranged from a 195-horsepower 4.3-liter V6 to a 6-liter V8 with 367 horsepower and 375 lb-ft of torque.

To improve fuel economy in the top-end V8 engines, GM’s Active Fuel Management System was standard. In addition, it had strong brakes and could tow up to 10,500 with the right equipment.