Bold styling with aggressive ribbed body work is designed to draw attention to this sporty compact. Pontiac redesigned its Grand Am for 1999 with new exterior styling, a redesigned interior, a re-engineered chassis and suspension, a bigger optional V6 engine, and more convenience features. For 2000, a new Getrag 5-speed manual gearbox is available.
Two body styles are available, a two-door coupe and a four-door sedan. Sedans cost about $300 more than comparable Coupes. Sedans offer slightly more rear headroom, but otherwise they are nearly identical to the Coupes.
A 150-horsepower 2.4-liter twin-cam 16-valve 4-cylinder engine comes standard. An optional 170-horsepower 3.4-liter V6 offers substantially more power. SE and SE1 models come standard with a new 5-speed manual transmission built by Getrag, a renowned German gearbox manufacturer. Other trim levels come equipped with an electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission.
Models and trim levels include SE, SE1, SE2, GT and GT1.
Base SE trim comes with air conditioning, aggressive P215/60R15 tires mounted on 15-inch wheels and many other standard features. Grand Am Coupes in SE trim start at $16,040. SE1 Sedan, which adds cruise control and alloy wheels, retails for $17,550. The $19,880 SE2 Sedan includes the V6 and low-profile P225/50R16 tires on 16-inch alloy wheels. GT models range from the $19,670 GT Coupe to the $21,470 GT1 Sedan.