Modern Pontiac GTO Rendered With Ram Air 6 Concept Styling Cues

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Founded in 1926, Pontiac used to be the performance brand of General Motors back in the 1960s. Due to a serious lack of foresight, management blunders, and a rather complacent automotive industry, the biggest of the Big Three in Detroit had to fold it in 2010 after the financial crisis.
Although defunct, Pontiac continues to fascinate thanks to timeless designs like the original GTO from the 1960s. The fifth and final generation of the no-nonsense muscle car launched in 2004, the year General Motors rolled out a concept by the name of Ram Air 6. Loosely inspired by the Judge package, the concept car serves as the basis for this design study.

Oscar V. is the pixel artist responsible for the rendering before your eyes, which imagines the GTO for the 2020 model year. Sharper lines bring the vehicle closer to the modern era, and the front grilles have also been enlarged as it’s the trend nowadays. Less bubbly than its predecessor, the rendering adopts LED daytime running lights and cool-looking alloys.

The more prominent front bumper is complemented by flared fenders, and the finishing touches come in the form of two air vents that run from the fog lights to the headlights. All things considered, it’s a pretty nice redesign that shows what could have been if Pontiac were still around.

Turning our attention back to the Ram Air 6, the one-off show car features a functional ram-air hood that feeds a small-block V8 mill. The 6.4-liter engine channels 575 horsepower to the 335/30 by 20-inch rear tires with the help of a manual transmission. Drummond Motorsport adjustable coilovers are also featured, a sportier setup than the standard Eibach coils.

The GTO from that era is based on the V-body platform, which ran from 1966 to 2007. Joined at the hip with the Cadillac Catera and Opel Omega, the beak-nosed coupe was produced by Holden in Australia.

Overshadowed by the more traditional muscle-car aesthetics of the LX-based Dodge Charger and S197 Ford Mustang, the GTO didn’t sell exactly well. As fate would have it, the Pontiac brand sold 13,569 examples in 2004 while the 'Stang moved 129,858 units in the same timeframe.

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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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