I've had my car over a year, and have missed neither option. However, if I'd gone for a deeply discounted shoe-box GTO, I think I'd have spent every day of the last year regretting it. Bottom line, almost everyone makes cosmetic mods - rims, tint, etc, because looks DO count. For a barely perceptable edge in performance, the GTO is too much money to spend on a bland Pontiac. I don't think the car is ugly, it's just blah. If they sold it at (or close to) the Mustang's price, then we'd have a REAL dogfight - a straight up choice between performance or appeal. Right now, you pay a hefty premium for a fractional performance edge, but aesthetically speaking, the Pony walks the Goat.