It’s a Downright Shame That This Widebody 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Doesn’t Exist
The Pontiac GTO is one of the most underestimated muscle cars to ever roam the surface of the planet. Designed as sportier version of Pontiac’s Tempest aimed at younger buyers, the GTO debuted in 1964 with a 6.4-liter V-8. The GTO, however, never quite made it sales-wise, despite Pontiac’s attempts to spice up the recipe with the Judge trim.
In our weekly scrounge to try and dig up an interesting photo for you folks, we came across something rather interesting that we had forgotten all about. In 1995, GM decided it was time to overhaul the Cavalier and axe the Sunbird altogether. With the exit of the Sunbird came the introduction of the “sportier” Pontiac Sunfire – ah, GM’s creative naming department struck gold there. What we tend to forget is that the Sunfire project started in the early-1990s and was far different than the end result.
To think that the crappy Sunfire was actually a hot concept car with true sports car appearance and likely matching performance numbers seems preposterous, but it’s true. From this photo, you can see just what GM was working on and, on the outside, it was a stunner. Now, inside was a different story. You can see the huge, clunky 1990s GM buttons on the center of the steering wheel and a plethora of these eyesores on the center console too.
One of the advertising gimmicks on this flier, which was distributed at car shows, was the remote-control CD player. This was for those people that just did not have the energy to move their arm the foot or so, needed to touch the CD player’s buttons. What innovative thinkers GM was in the 1990s, right?
Anywho, we need to thank Flickr user Hugo90 for the laughs we got from this blast from the past. Make sure to check out his entire photo stream here, as he has tons of awesome pictures and fliers from various car shows.
The Pontiac Firebird was a cool sports car built between 1967 and 2002. The model saw four generations, with the most amazing version being the Trans Am - a model offered from 1969 with upgraded handling, suspension, and horsepower, as well as minor appearance modifications.
Of course, since production ended in 2002 and Pontiac has been defunct since 2010, the creative possibilities for the Firebird are seemingly endless, with none ever getting the chance to see production...ever. That, however, hasn’t stopped Circassian designer Kasim Tlibekov from coming up with the Firebird TT Black Edition Concept - a model that gives a new look to a historic sports car.
Tlibekov’s concept is based on the 1969 Firebird, but adds more aggressive styling, including a very wide body, an aggressive front splitter and front-end, new side air exhausts, and a duck tail spoiler with a massive rear diffuser. The concept was designed to be powered by a supercharged 5.8-liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 650 HP and can hit a top speed of 200 mph.
If the Pontiac Firebird ever had a chance of getting a fresh breath of life, this is the kind of transformation we would like it to undergo. Sadly, that’s just not going to happen so we’ll settle for ogling these images for a little while longer.
General Motors is showing up to SEMA with three customized Pontiacs that aren’t even in stores yet. the G8 GXP Street concept, G8 ST concept and Solstice GXP Coupe concept are all based on the everyday counterparts set to appear in 2009.
The most interesting part of the G8 GXP Street concept is the motor. It’s powered by a LSX454 crate engine from GM Performance Parts that delivers 638 hp - up for the 415 hp expected in the production G8 GXP. Less exciting, but still original, are the custom front and rear fascias and new rocker panels, unique upper and lower grilles, racing-style diffuser and 20-inch aluminum wheels.
The Solstice GXP Coupe concept is equipped with GM Performance Parts’ Stage 2 performance kit and performance air intake kit, which adds about 30 more horses for a total of about 290 hp. The car also wears a GM Performance Parts cat-back exhaust system, race-ready suspension kit and polished factory wheels.
Pontiac didn’t do much to customize the G8 ST concept. That’s most likely because its also the furthest away from the showroom, with an expected appearance by the end of 2009. So GM stayed with the original 6.0-liter 361 V8 powerplant expected for the G8 ST concept. Instead for SEMA the El Camino wannabe received a lowered ride height, 20-inch wheels, leather-trimmed seats with red inserts, G8 GXP steering wheel with red inserts, G8 GXP shift knob with red inserts.
Press release after the jump.
We met with Mark LaNeve on monday night at a diner organized by GM to promote their new concepts at the Detroit Auto Show. Mark confirmed the upcoming reveal of a small Hummer truck, a small Cadillac and a G8 based pick up. The first two vehicle will certainly be very close to the Hummer HX and CTS coupe jsut unveiled in Detroit earlier this week. It is just strange that the HX concept it so close to the hummer H3T concept from 2004, moreover we have the feeling that the new Hummer will not be a pickup only version. About the Cadillac, the 2 door concept pave the way for smaller Cadillac vehicle. Let’s just hope the smaller Cadi will not be a Malibu re-badged! God knows how much GM think the Malibu is the next best thing after their Volt concept of course.
about the G8 pickup, we already know what it will look like, as Holden, who build the G8, already have car pickup in their lineup. LaNeve just said that he is looking for a good name, anything aside of ’ElCamino’!
Wanna help Mark? Submit your baby names for the baby Cadillac and the G8 pickup. My personal take: Cadillac CTA and Pontiac Trucko!
Designed to evoke the emotions of classic sports cars, the Pontiac Solstice SD-290 race concept captures the purposeful design of vintage racecars. The design is dramatic, featuring a passenger cockpit tonneau cover and a driver windscreen, creating a pure racecar that looks ready to take the checkered flag even while sitting on the starting grid.
No matter how you open up the Pontiac Rageous concept vehicle, there is a whole different world in there. The outside is a fiery red sports machine, bulging with muscle and bold Pontiac excitement. But the inside is spacious, functional and offers driver and passengers easy entry and exit while providing the driver with great visibility.