It's the Real Deal, as far as we're concerned - and the Autoextremist High-Performance Value of the Year. Yes, we know that the new Corvette is considered to be the "accepted" high-performance value in the world right now, and the Mustang GT is sensational buzz generator in its own right, too, but when looking for the most bang for our high-performance buck, we'd take the Pontiac GTO all day long for about 20 grand less than the Corvette. In revisiting the 2005 version of the GTO, the fact that it has an LS2 V8 with 400HP is more than significant, especially if you tend to do any kind of serious speeding at all (who, us? - ed.). When operating in an environment filled with radar-toting cowboys comfortably operating as arbitrary, on-the-spot tax collectors - it's nice to adopt the lowest profile possible. And for that reason alone we've adjusted to the looks and appreciate the fact that the original (and still the best) GTO looked like nothing more than a Tempest with blackwall tires anyway, so the fact that the '05 version is subtle isn't so bad after all. On top of everything else, the GTO still has one of the nicest interiors in the business, which is where you spend all of your time. The Pontiac GTO is for serious drivers who prefer high-performance substance over gimmick-laden flash, people who also understand that 400HP and rear-wheel-drive for less than $34,000 is the closest thing to a steal that there is in the market today.