Pontiac Bonneville

The Pontiac Bonneville was built by the U.S. automakers Pontiac model that was offered from 1957 to 2005.

Specifically Bonneville designated

  • A product manufactured in small quantities, powerful Cabriolet ( 1957)
  • A series of full-size models of Pontiac, designated the top of the model range in most years ( 1958-1981 )
  • A smaller mid-range series with rear-wheel drive as a successor to the Pontiac Le Mans ( 1981-1986 )
  • A large saloon with front wheel drive (1987 to 2005).

Bonneville (1957)

Pontiac Star Chief Bonneville Convertible ( 1957)

In January 1957 Pontiac presented as an exclusive top-of- Star - Chief - line the Bonneville convertible with an injected version of the in-house 5.7-liter V8 and a very extensive equipment. Every Pontiac dealer received a copy of this imaginary as an image carrier model, which cost more than double the cheapest Pontiac with 5782 U.S. $; 630 examples were built of it.

Bonneville (1958-1981)

1958 Bonneville lost its exclusive status, was now also available with the regular carbureted engines of the brand and has been reduced by more than $ 2,000 in the price. For convertible was added a hardtop coupe.

In 1959, the Bonneville described the respective top series of the model range, while the Pontiac Catalina was from then on the cheapest full-size model of Pontiac. In between, ranked by 1972 one or two other series with changing names: Star Chief ( 1959-1966 ), Ventura (1960 ), Executive ( 1967-70 ), as last Catalina Brougham (1971 /72). From 1970 to 1975, above the Bonneville nor the Pontiac Grand Ville positioned.

Available were also a two-door coupe, a four door sedan, a convertible ( until 1970) and in some years, a five-door station wagon. Partially presented the big Pontiac station wagon but also has its own model dar.

Major model changes found to the model 1961 ( ladder frame instead of X - frame ), 1965 ( longer wheelbase ), 1969 ( again stretched wheelbase) and, in 1971 and 1977 instead. In 1977, the Bonneville, like all other full-size models of General Motors, significantly reduced; its length shrank from 574 to 543 centimeters. From 1980 he was first available with a V6 engine, while had been previously offered only V8 5.7 to 7.5 liters.

With the end of the model year 1981, the great Pontiac accounted for in the models offered in the USA, but was continued to be produced in Canada, and introduced in the fall of 1982 under the name Pontiac Parisienne again. The name Bonneville was from 1982 used for a smaller mid-range series.

From the Bonneville emerged from 1957 to 1981 a total of about 1.93 million copies.

The four-door Bonneville was the technical basis for the made ​​in about 50 copies in 1979 Stutz IV Porte luxury sedan.

Bonneville (1981-1986)

Pontiac Bonneville (1981-1986)

After the end of production of the large Bonneville the work of the term rendered on the slightly modified former Pontiac Le Mans ( the parallel model for Chevrolet Malibu ). The vehicle was officially the first year To distinguish the original model Bonneville G.

Were offered a four-door sedan and a station wagon (until 1983 ) and a Brougham sedan with sophisticated equipment, in the meantime from 1984 LE sedan. The smaller Bonneville was powered by a 3.8 - or a 4.1 -liter V6, only in 1982 on request of a 4.3- liter diesel engine and from 1983 to 1985 by a 5.7 ​​-liter V8 diesel, driven. In 1983, a five-liter V8 was available.

From Bonneville (G ) five years emerged around 332,000 copies.

Bonneville (1987-2005)

Pontiac Bonneville, 1999-2005

From 1987, the name Bonneville designated a four-door sedan with front-wheel drive based on the H platform from General Motors. Technically, the Bonneville was related to the former GM models Oldsmobile 88 and Buick Le Sabre, but had a completely independent body.

The first Bonneville model with front-wheel drive remained until 1991 in production and featured a 3.8 -liter V6 from the initial 152 hp (111 kW), from 1988, with 167 hp (123 kW); were offered the trim levels base, LE, SE and SSE. From this generation of vehicles about 500,000 units were produced.

End of 1991, the Bonneville was given a new body. The offer was now divided into the trim levels SE, SSE and SseI. The 3.8 -liter has been retained, but now made ​​172 hp (126 kW). The SSEI was powered by a supercharged version of this engine with 208 hp ( 153 kW). 1994 accounted for the SseI as a separate model, the compressor motor but remained under a SseI package now with 228 hp ( 167 kW) still available. In 1995, the performance of the base V6 to 208 hp was increased (153 kW). As of 1996, the supercharged V6 made ​​243 hp ( 179 kW). By 1999, some 600,000 examples were built.

In February 1999, Pontiac introduced a completely new model of the Bonneville with a slightly longer wheelbase and a more aggressively designed body. Regarding the engine choice, it stayed with the units previously used. 2004 replaced the Cadillac Northstar V8 (279 kW PS/205 ) in Bonneville GXP the previous supercharged version.

In May 2005, the last Bonneville left the production line.