GTO. 3 letters that command a special reverence in the automotive world. Yesterday we saw the O.G. 250 GTO. Today we have it’s “successor” the GTO. Yep, just GTO, though it is more commonly referred to as the 288 GTO to differentiate it from the 250 GTO. As with the 250, the GTO is a homologation special, in this case built to comply with the then new Group B Circuit Race series. But due to lack of interest, the series never took off, and all GTOs were built as road cars. As you can see in the styling, the GTO was based on the 308 in order to keep costs down, but very little of the 308 remained in the finished car. The 250 GTO also provided some styling influence in the form of the rear fender vents and ducktail spoiler.

Under the engine cover of the GTO is a twin-turbo 2.8 liter V8, mounted longitudinally as opposed to the transverse mount found in the 308. The engine was good for 400 hp and 366 lb-ft of torque. Various weight saving measures gave the GTO a relatively light weight of 2,555 lbs. Despite what would seem to be a decent power to weight ratio, the GTO’s 0-60 time was only about 5 seconds, although that was pretty good for the time.

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One of the GTO’s IHI turbos. Or maybe that’s the alternator.

The model is by Hot Wheels Elite. The Elite range of models vary from just ok to very nice. The GTO falls closer to the just ok end of the scale. This is mostly due to the fact that it is based on an older mold that existed before the Elite line came to be, and so it is basically just lipstick on a pig. Sure you get some photo-etch parts and some additional detail painting, but it lacks the higher parts count that the designed-to-be-an-Elite models have. With that said, the model has excellent shelf presence, and that additional paint helps to hide its humble beginnings. Or maybe I’m just under the lull of those 3 letters.

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