• Sorry, But We Can’t Hate This Pontiac Aztek Trans Am

We can’t have it either, but that’s another story

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It was ugly. It was hated upon for its looks but at the same time people appreciated its practicality and in a different market context, the Pontiac Aztek could have been GM’s Cybertruck back in the day.

No, we’re not here to write the Aztek’s obituary but to bring to your attention a particular couple of renders that might make the SUV’s haters reconsider their position.

The Aztek was an ambitious project concocted by General Motors

Sorry, But We Can't Hate This Pontiac Aztek Trans Am
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Aimed at the so-called Generation X, the Aztek was launched in 2000. GM said it would be able to push around 75,000 Azteks per year, but the model’s best selling year (2002) saw just 27,793 cars reaching new customers. And that largely due to the fact that Pontiac had to adjust the pricing after the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001.

In its own way, however, the Aztek was daring. An exercise in audacity and ultimately courage, if you will, but nonetheless one that failed, despite official recognition from J.D. Power, for example, who deemed the Pontiac Aztek the “Most Appealing Entry Sport Utility Vehicle” in 2001.

As it goes without saying, Pontiac never offered a sportier version of the Aztek. The SUV had a 3.4-liter V-6 as the only engine option, mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. Output and torque, however, were unimpressive by all means: the Aztek made do with 185 horsepower and 210 pound-feet of torque.

Pontiac Aztec specifications
Engine 3.4-liter V-6
Horsepower 185 HP
Torque 210 LB-FT
Transmission four-speed automatic

But what if Pontiac came up with a Trans Am version of the Aztek, inspired by the iconic Firebird? More specifically, an Aztek that would wear the iconic Phoenix on the hood and flaunt sporty bits and bobs, as well as a souped-up powerplant? Would that make you hate the Aztek a little less?

If you’re uncertain what to answer, maybe Abimelec Design’s renders will help you with that. The artist took a stab at Trans Am-izing the humble Aztek and the result actually works like a charm for the SUV’s contested design cues. As in, it makes it more handsome. A lot more handsome, that is, via flared wheel arches, front and rear spoilers, rear wing, and aftermarket wheels.

Sorry, But We Can't Hate This Pontiac Aztek Trans Am
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So, yay or nay? Make sure to shoot your opinion in the comments section below.

Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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