• Feb 13, 2008
click above for more high-res renderings of the Chevy El Camaro

We're relatively certain that General Motors has no intention of reviving the El Camino nameplate. Fans of car-based trucklets should be happy that the General has given the green light to produce the Pontiac G8 ST and leave it at that. Of course, the mind wanders regardless and comes up with such interesting ideas as this, the El Camaro. While these renderings provided by Autoblog reader Bo Z are a bit stylized, we imagine that developing such a vehicle wouldn't require a large investment. Much like the G8 ST is simply the front end of a G8 sedan grafted onto the body of Holden Ute, the El Camero could be produced by doing the same thing with the front end of the new Camaro. We know, we know... new, more stringent CAFE regulations are right around the corner, the truck market is shrinking, etc. This is not the time to be dreaming of a Camaro with a bed. At least we've got Photoshop to help express our fanciful whims.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Get rid of the fender flares and the big tires and this Camino would look pretty attractive.
      • 6 Years Ago
      For crying out loud. It was never stated that these renderings were from GM. Hence the El Camaro name, GM would never name it that. It's just an amalgamation of the two names.

      This was probably done by some 19yr old in his parent's basement.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Someone, uninstall their copy of photoshop and break the disc. QUICK.
      • 6 Years Ago
      As much as I would like a firebird in the pontiac line up, it is not going to happen because it would take sales from the camaro.

      Pontiac's new slogan is "Pontiac is CAR" and the G8 ST is neither a car nor a truck. I believe that it would be a mistake to build it as a pontiac. It may work better as a gmc or a saturn.

      I wish that pontiac would make another GTO based in the G8 that borrows from the new CTS-V giving it similar performance but for a lower price. That is something that I would really enjoy and buy. But for now, I will continue driving my firebird formula, 165k miles and going :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      RR, the G8 ST is a CAR. It's mechanically and visually identical to the G8 CAR inside and outside ahead of the B-pillar. The only difference is it has a tray in place of the rear seat and trunk.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, the inconsistencies boggle the mind. Maximum Bob says Pontiac will not get a truck yet they sell the Torrent and are getting their version of a Ranchero. I guess when he says truck he means a body on frame pickup truck, not vehicle classified as a truck.

      Then people explain away a Trans Am by saying that it's no good because it would just be another version of the same platform, ignoring the multiple Lambda's that compete with each other and are doing great, the Epsilons that compete with each other and are doing great, etc.

      I really want to cheer for GM but with these guys it's like 2 steps forward, one step back.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The performance division of GM is getting the pick-up truck...so like when you walk into a dealer and ask for Pontiac performance...they do not point you in the direction of a sleek speedy Trans Am, or a big heavy GTO...they point you in the direction of a pick up truck....there ya go...Performance!
      • 6 Years Ago
      The old El Camino SS models were actually pretty sharp cars in spite of their redneck reputation. This rendering looks like a pretty faithful interpretation of what a modern-day El Camino SS would probably look like. If you don't like it, that's fine - not everybody likes everything. However, if you think for a second that a modern day 427ci El Camino SS wouldn't leave you sitting at the tree on the strip, you likely don't know much about cars.
      • 6 Years Ago
      CW, I am planning on buying either a Camaro or G8 ST when they are released but leaning towards a G8 ST as there are many occasions that I need an open cargo area to haul.

      I would much rather own a car like this or the ST that can haul what I need to haul as well as sastify my performance fancy than a lousy, expensive, gas-guzzling truck that leans like a ship in corners and accelerates like a hippo. I don't need to tow 8,000 lbs or have something like that dominate my small garage.

      As for pod-shaped CUVs GM seems to be fond of rebadging theirs all to Hell. None of them aside from the Acadia are hot sellers and the increasing number of "new" trucks, SUVs, and silly crossovers GM releases diminishes their CAFE and is killing off all the desirable RWD product GM was planning and promising for their brands.

      Pontiac will remain mostly FWD rebadges and likely won't get the Holden Torana to replace the G6. No new, US-styled Zeta GTO. Chevrolet isn't getting a proper, stylish, mainstream RWD Impala. No RWD Park Avenue for Buick.

      All because of GM's truck-heavy portfolio and CAFE. I'd rather see a car like this produced than another truck or SUV rebadge. It's sickening.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What is it with autoblog and their truck-car hatred? This is why I like Jalopnik better, there my El Camino love is not only appreciated it's shared. I heart you El Camino.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Who the hell wants a El Camino anyway??? The same nut bags that wanted the Chevy SSR??

      That car is not going to sell one bit, save the resources for something else...
      • 6 Years Ago
      thats frucking ugly
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