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.
Sorry, But We Can’t Hate This Pontiac Aztek Trans Am
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 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.
It’s apparent that cars of the future receive a lot of attention from would-be auto designers and, although many of these ideas will never see a production line, the designers behind them are still out to get noticed. Our latest futuristic find is actually a car that was already in existence: the Pontiac Solstice. This cool roadster was produced from 2005-2009, but came to a quick and tragic end, much like the automaker itself. Now, Macedonian designer, Dejan Hristov, is going to battle for the Solstice with his modern design study, the Solstice Concept II.
The Solstice II Concept combines the core proportions of the original model, but adds a sculptural design language. At the front, Hristov’s concept features vertical headlights and a complexly-shaped carbon spoiler, while the rear end combines sharp lines with circular tail lights and exhaust pipes. It also has a targa layout, leaving the hard top to fold out of sight by rotating behind the seats.
No mention was made on what would be powering the theoretical future Soltice, but if the times are any inclination, we’d guess a hybrid or electric setup. Either way the concept looks rather aggressive and could have potential. That is, if any other automaker felt like picking it up.