Pontiac is a flame of GM that died out years ago unfortunately. The American made fantastic cars over the course of its life time, one of which was the GTO.
While the brand had a very hard fall from its once great reputation, it will be remembered for the good times, not the bad.
Pontiac’s last years were spent basically at the scrap yard of GM where new models were essentially re-badged products from GM’s other brands. Which is basically what Vauxhall is going through right now.
Pontiac wanted to stay as GM’s performance manufacture, but it didn’t make sense for GM. So they cut the wire. It is truly a sad fate for a once-great powerhouse.
Many people from around the world dream of a return by Pontiac, and to make the great GTO once again. A powerful sports coupe with the classic big V8 engine in the front, and rear wheel drive at the back. Chevy tried this with the SS, but that had its own issues.
With all of that said, we can dream about what a 2017 Pontiac GTO and Pontiac GTO Judge would be if it was real. Who knows, maybe we’ll see the revived heart beat from Pontiac in the future.
The Exterior-Pontiac GTO 2017:
We can pretend for a little bit that this isn’t a Chevy Camaro with a body kit.
If you think about it, if GM brought back the Pontiac GTO it would most likely have the internals and chassis of the Chevrolet Camaro. While the body would be completely different, we’d see some similarities.
Obviously, there is no way to really know what the car would actually look like. But if it did exist, Pontiac would use a number of elements from the classic GTO and GTO Judge to inspire the new cars look. We’ve seen this sort of modern-classic inspiration on every modern muscle car out today.
The last GTO that was sold was back in 2006, just over ten years ago. It wasn’t exactly a muscle car, but more of a sports coupe. While it was fast and packed big power, it didn’t exactly resonate with classic muscle car lovers.
But think about where Pontiac was in 2006. Chevrolet/GM were still three years away from developing the new Camaro, so they didn’t have a true muscle car platform to work with, without developing a new chassis. So, Pontiac turned to their Australian cousin Holden.
The 2017 Pontiac GTO would be a much better fit to the GTO name. It is a true shame that Pontiac is gone. The 2017 Pontiac GTO could’ve been absolutely stunning with modern day technology and engineering.
The Interior-2017 Pontiac GTO:
It is imagination time again. The 2006 Pontiac GTO’s interior is actually not as hideous as you’d think coming from an American car made in 2006. While the interior had absolutely zero things in common with the original muscle car, it had cool colored gauges, and a focused design.
In the same era, there were much, much worse interiors. For the 2017 Pontiac GTO, we’d see a much different venue.
Again, like all modern muscle cars, there would be a healthy serving of homage to the original car. A more boxy dashboard and driver-focused interior would be top priority.
One thing we would see not make a return is the over-weight looking steering wheel from the 2006 model. I can’t believe someone signed off on that thing. Anyway, it would be replaced by a three-spoke athletic wheel most likely.
I would love to see what Pontiac/GM could piece together for this project. We could see bits and pieces from other models surely, as the interior would be primarily focused on the driver and the driving experience.
The Performance-2017 Pontiac GTO:
The performance and capabilities of the 2017 Pontiac GTO could go in one of two directions.
We could see a similar power plant list as we see in the Chevy Camaro. This would include GM’s versatile 2.0 L turbocharged four cylinder, a 3.6 L V6, and for the 2017 Pontiac GTO Judge, GM would bring the big 6.2 L V8.
Horsepower would rate from 280 HP with the four cylinder all the way up to 600+ for the V8.
If GM decided the GTO didn’t need a V8, I think that it would be just as big a flop as the Pontiac G5.
We would also see a massive onslaught of driver technology to help the 2017 Pontiac GTO. Things like a limited-slip differential, launch control, rev-matching, things like that.
However, the technology the 2017 Pontiac GTO would receive would depend on what direction the company takes it. If they take a true muscle car direction, the GTO would see more tech akin to the Dodge Demon. If the GTO is more like the Camaro, we’d see something more like the 1LE package for the car.
This brings up another point about the 2017 Pontiac GTO. The thing is, if they wanted a serious track car, GM has the Covette and Camaro 1LE. If they want a drag car, the GTO could’ve filled that void. Very interesting.
|Vehicle Type:||Sports Coupe / Muscle Car|
|Power Plant:||Not Available|
|Gearbox:||7 speed auto/6 speed manual|
|Power:||280 – 650 HP|
|Torque:||300 – 500 Pound Feet|
|Top Speed:||Not Available|
|0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH):||Not Available|
|Base Price:||Not Available|
Sum It Up:
The 2017 Pontiac GTO release date is not known. First, there will have to be a release date for Pontiac as a company!
I am sad that Pontiac is gone and the GTO left with it. Maybe one day The Judge will return.