• Jul 31st 2007 at 9:27AM
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Automotive News has been pumping out a ton of information about the General's future products, and between buffing fingerprints off the crystal ball and making phone calls to unnamed sources, they've shed some light on the future of Pontiac.

According to AN, we can expect to get a hard-top version of the Solstice sometime in 2008 as a 2009 model, complete with a revised powerplant that will boost output, although there was no mention of changes to the GXP. Pontiac will stick with the in-line four for the time being, as a V6 variant is officially off the table, and by 2011 it's assumed that new sheetmetal will adorn the Pontiac and possibly its Saturn-badged brother.

The remake of GM's performance brand will also include the demise of the Torrent, while the G5 will be replaced with the RWD Alpha platform by 2010 – unless CAFE standards put those plans on hold.

Naturally, the big non-news is the upcoming G8, with V8 power and rear-wheel drive, which is expected to be the flagship of the brand. Base models will come equipped with a 261 HP 3.6-liter V6, while the GT model will boast a six-liter V8 producing 362 HP. The bad news: don't expect to see a GTO or Firebird in the near future, as GM contends that the market isn't ripe for offering too many high-po gas-guzzlers. Disappointing, to say the least, but if the Camaro explodes, we'd expect both vehicles to see the light of day.

[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req.]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I think it's a hot looking little coupe- too bad it's not *quite* as little as it should be. The Solstice always looks "chunky" to me, and I feel that that would translate to this rendering.

      Maybe Pontiac's going for a Z4-esque coupe/convertible, and then using the Camaro platform for a new GT - more refined than a Camaro, but not an XLR. Something that might compete in the G37/335i playground for a few thousand less?
      • 8 Years Ago
      maybe they will install a LS series V-8 because GM does sell a over the counter kit to install them.
      • 8 Years Ago
      For all of you people who think the rear end is destroying this car (even though I think it looks killer), this is a freaking concept car from about 4-5 years ago, maybe even more.

      Now, onto the article. NOOOOOOOO!!!!! Don't axe the Firebird AND GTO!!!!!! At least sell one of them. They aren't going to be able to make enough Camaros as it is because they will be flying off the dealer lots. Hell, those cars might not even spend more than a day on dealer lots. It is a no brainer for GM to build AT LEAST one of the two.
      • 8 Years Ago
      anyone who think that car right is ugly must be a philistine.

      that is a moder, contemporary, beautifuly-styled piece of pontiac.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Beautiful vehicle. Finally some smaller and affordable RWD Coupes are returning to the market.

      I love everything about cars like the Miata and Solstice except for the fact that they are convertibles, and I will never own a convertible.

      Mazda already has a coupe version of the Miata, they should bring it over to compete with the Solstice coupe.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That looks nice. But, they had to enlarge the trunk SOMEHOW! :)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sweet, so it really looks like Pontiac is going to be moving all their products to RWD.
      • 8 Years Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks much better than the Roadster. I'd still rather have a hardtop Sky, though.

      I can't believe I actually said I want a Saturn. I feel so... dirty.
      • 8 Years Ago
      About the exhaust, the picture is from the concept a few years back when both drop top and coupe where shown at the same time, i believe both had the same exhaust shown, but it was just one of those concept things they do that never make it to production. i'm sure i'd have the same set up as the drop top (if) it really does come to production. but overall shape i really like.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Other than the vertically stacked exhaust, I like it. I hope it comes with a hatchback. No GTO or Firebird would not break my heart as long as the new LS3 comes out in the G8 someday.
        • 8 Years Ago
        I know.. The opel had such a beautiful mid-exit exhaust. Why do we have to screw everything up in America??
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Solstice coupe due in 2008"

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