What Does Pontiac GTO Stand For?

What Does Pontiac GTO Stand For?

What Does Pontiac GTO Stand For?

The "GTO" in Pontiac GTO stands for "gran turismo omologato," which is an Italian term indicating a car is built to specifications can be driven in competitive racing. According to The Huffington Post, former General Motors executive John DeLorean named the car in homage to a Ferrari model.

The Pontiac GTO debuted in 1964. To create it, GM swapped out a 326-cubic-inch engine in a car it was developing with a significantly more powerful 389-cubic-inch engine, according to The Huffington Post. The large engine in a relatively lightweight car gave the GTO impressive power and resulted in the beginning of the muscle car era in the American auto industry.