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In its latest issue, Winding Road calls the fact that Pontiac will get its own rear-wheel drive coupe based on the same Zeta architecture (sorry, "Global RWD platform" is the new official name) used by the upcoming Camaro is a "poorly kept secret". We weren't aware the decision to give Pontiac a piece of the pie was so solid, but are pleased to hear the news nonetheless.

When a new rear-wheel drive Pontiac debuts sometime around 2010 as a 2011 model, however, what should it be called? The obvious choice is to reuse the GTO moniker that was controversially slapped on the back of a Holden Monaro coupe and sold in the U.S. from 2003 to 2006. But what's a Camaro without a Firebird Trans Am twin, we ask? GM still retains the rights to those names, and as the speculative rendering above done by Poblete proves, Burt Reynolds' most famous ride looks damn good updated for the new millennium! We encourage you to check out the latest issue of Winding Road by clicking here to see an additional rear shot of this Trans Am mockup. It's worth the extra couple clicks.

I'll be honest with everyone, I've never been the new Camaro's #1 fan in terms of design, but I could get behind a Trans Am that looks good, screaming chicken and all.

[Source: Winding Road]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Trans Am duh. That is if Pontiac stays in business.
      • 8 Years Ago
      GTO. The Camaro & Firebird were always too close in design and target market that they cut into each others sales. A Zeta-based GTO should be better appointed and have a higher price point. It should also not offer a V6 option. GM shouldn't expect to sell as many as the Camaro. Make the Camaro the volume leader, and position the GTO as something more exclusive.
      A Zeta-based Pontiac coupe may just be speculation, but if they need to amortize the Camaro tooling by extending components to a second model, this (IMHO) is the way to go. Plus, if Pontiac is still sticking to it's new G+ nomenclature 3-4 years from now, the GTO name fits.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Just to finish off the fugliness - Bring back the Cladding! I am sure they have a ton of surplus from all those ones they stopped using on the Grand Am and the Grand Pricks!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't know, the front end is looking a lot like a sunfire.
      • 8 Years Ago
      How about calling it history? Or maybe old news...? The word fossil also springs to mind.
      • 8 Years Ago
      ...not again please!
      • 6 Years Ago
      THE GTO HAS ALREADY TRIED TO MAKE A COMEBACK. I SAY CHANGE THE FRONT END ON THE TRANS AM AND PUT IT ON THE LOT. IT'LL BE GOOD TO SEE THE TRANS AM,CAMARO,MUSTANG,AND CHALLENGER GO AT IT.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Maybe this won't happen....

      But if it does:

      Sedans: G8, Impala, maybe Regal.

      Big coupes (rear seat, highway GT car): G8 Coupe (GTO as the top end) and Monte Carlo/SS, Buick Grand National/GNX.

      Pony car coupe/convertible (sporty, insignificant rear seat, more power, closer to Corvette): Camaro/RS/SS/IROC, and Firebird/Formula/Trans Am.

      I like the fact that the Pontiac illustration from Winding road is more aerodynamic than the bluntly brutal Camaro concept.

      It looks a little too much like a Corvette mixed with a Saab AeroX concept. Something slightly more original, but sleeker than Camaro would be nice.

      Why should GM not flood the market for V6/V8 RWD cars? the platform gets amortized sooner, buyers get their choices, and are more likely to buy SOMETHING GM, than saying that their particular flavor isn't accounted for, and decide to go with Mustang, or G35/G45 coupe. (upcoming) or Nissan 350Z/Skyline, Audi S5, or BMW 335i/M3-V8.

      Coupes are coming back, and with sport sedans filling out the lineup, like the G8, it makes a compelling lineup.

      SUVs are old news, and not performance oriented, like these are.

      If they are affordable, people will buy them. Give Americans something to buy, the more choices, the better. We're sick of looking oversees and seeing affordable fun cars that don't arrive here.

      IF people want to "tout" their "buy American" agenda, then give us compelling products for americans to be proud to buy.

      Product sells product, more than labels, especially to enthusiasts who know what they want, and spend the money to get it.
      Thomas C.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Exactly Right #7
      • 8 Years Ago
      looks like the sunfire sretched out UGLY i hate sunfires there ugly call it the trans scam
      • 8 Years Ago
      Neither.

      It has been confirmed that it is going to be the G8.

      • 8 Years Ago
      LMAO GLORIFIED SUNFIRE
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