Bob Lutz was one of the forces behind bringing the Holden Monaro to the United States, as the ill-fated Pontiac GTO in 2004. And while that car received critical acclaim, it was a sales disappointment. Now, Road & Track is reporting that our suspicions were correct - Pontiac was working on a two-door, G8-based coupe before it was shuttered.

In that R&T article, which is no longer available online Lutz explained that the new GTO would solve many of the issues found in the original. Car Advice speculates that the new model would have look like a rebadged version of the Holden Coupe 60 Concept from 2008, a conclusion we also came to.

That car would have been a big departure from the 2004 to 2006 GTO. It has an extremely long hood and short rear deck, with an almost fastback roofline and a wide greenhouse with a tall beltline. The wheel arches were very pronounced, and the chin and rocker panel splitters gave it a race-ready look. Would it have been enough to make the GTO work in the US? We think it might of, but it looks like we'll never know.

Take a peek at the full gallery of the Coupe 60 Concept for a rough idea of what a newer GTO might have looked like.

UPDATE: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said that the R&T source article was no longer available online. A link to the article has been added.


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      JayP
      • 2 Years Ago
      2014 Buick Grand National.
        dohc73
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JayP
        Oh that is much better than my idea.
        BipDBo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JayP
        I'd love to see them bring back the GN in badge and spirit. It could not have a big V8, though. It would need a turbo'd V6. Could you live with that?
          JayP
          • 2 Years Ago
          @BipDBo
          Where's that turbo V6? 400+ hp would do it. The V8 coulda been the Regal- but they're using it on that Opel.
        muspod
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JayP
        Cadillac already ripped it off. CTS coupe. and put that that weird body on it.
        BahamaTodd
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JayP
        Also supposedly in the works on the Alpha platform. The new 3.6 TTV6 would work well.
      Dan R
      • 2 Years Ago
      "It might of" I don't mean to be dickish, but the only time "of" can follow "might" is when describing the actual, physical might of something. "Might have" is the one you want.
      kengesel
      • 2 Years Ago
      this reminds me of seeing the pictures of a preproduction 1989 Fiero GT... another Pontiac killed off right before a major redesign that addressed many shortcomings. what might have been...
        Dave
        • 2 Years Ago
        @kengesel
        Most of the issues specific to the Fiero were solved in 1988 with the redesigned suspension. The problem that remained was that every single engine GM made in 1988 was a boat anchor.
          Dave
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dave
          There are always conspiracy theories. Pontiac was testing a Cadillac V8 in the Fiero. At that time, Cadillac never shared their motors with anyone. It wasn't gonna happen. 1988 was the best Fiero. And the worst sales year. Fiero was, unfortunately, doomed.
          EJD1984
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dave
          FYI - Rumors are that Chevrolet had a major hand in killing the Fiero as well. When the Corvette folks got wind of Pontiac testing a V8 Fiero in late 1986.
      kcfenderfan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Autoblog reported this story 5 years ago: http://www.autoblog.com/2008/03/01/mt-claims-holden-coupe-60-is-really-3-year-old-pontiac-gto-repla/
        EJD1984
        • 2 Years Ago
        @kcfenderfan
        I love this quote in the MT article. "This coupe, and a Buick sedan, did not make the cut when the program was re-started some months later." So now the question is, what would the Buick version have been named and looked like? The nose reminds me of the 1977-79 Firebird front-end. http://www.motortrend.com/features/auto_news/2008/112_news290802_secret_pontiac_gto/
      Hector Iglesias
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bring back the goat!
      Sandy Lee
      • 2 Years Ago
      "We think it might of, but it looks like we'll never know." At least some of us know the phrase should be "We think it might have, but it looks like we'll never know."
      Jaybird248
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's easy to see a Pontiac split grille and horizontal striped taillights on this roadburner. Add twin scoops to the hood and GTO badging and it would have sold gangbusters. OK, Pontiac's gone, but bring it in as a Chevy either as a Monte Carlo SS or an SS Coupe and you'd have the same result. Nice job, Ewan of Holden Design, whoever you are.
      Reno Dillard
      • 2 Years Ago
      That can easily become a Regal Grand National! Underneath the sheet metal it is essentially a Camaro. Same size and everything. I'm unsure if Chevy would like to sell the same car, twice, but this could give Buick that performance and excitement it needs.
        MONTEGOD7SS
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Reno Dillard
        Agreed. Put the 3.6L LF3 twin turbo V6 from the 2014 CTS in it and toss a Buick badge on the front.
      cgm9999
      • 2 Years Ago
      I didn't need to read this; I was already having a terrible day.
      Neutral President
      • 2 Years Ago
      Man, that is a great looking car, except for the headlights and grille, which are hopelessly boring.
      Julius
      • 2 Years Ago
      Minor point people who would have wanted this car to be made: the Coupe 60 pictured was a concept, not a production model. Holden doesn't make/sell a two-door currently (aside from the Ute, that is...) Whether or not a Coupe 60 variant could make it out of Oz if Pontiac lived is unclear, as the Monaro had other export markets, too - and that fact didn't keep it alive either.
      Jesus!
      • 2 Years Ago
      What would have really been awesome is a new Firebird. Its too bad they shut Pontiac down but I understand it was part of the deal. Hopefully Pontiac is resurrected one day. They were once a great selling brand and I bet when and if it comes back, the demand would be high with the right line up. But please, no alphanumeric car names. Grand Am, Firebird, Bonneville, but no Montana minivan! As for this G8, blah. Too bland. No excitement in the looks dept!
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