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What should the big Pontiac be?

What should Pontiac build for its big car?   94 members have voted

  1. 1. What should Pontiac build for its big car?

    • Grand Prix, low-slung like a CLS or Quattroporte
      32
    • Bonneville, slightly more upright like an A8
      20
    • Bonneville, tall and thick like an LS430 or Charger
      12
    • Something sized like an E-class or M45, named after old mid-size Ponchos
      5
    • Doesn't matter what the sedan is called, as long as a GTO coupe is its companion
      10
    • A Caprice-like BOF retro-cruiser
      9
    • Other
      6

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I've been saying for a while now that there should be a new personal-feeling Grand Prix, with suicide doors and a CLS-like profile, and that it can be built on a stretched Epsilon intermediate platform or whatever the hell the big platform will be named. The upright stuff, IMO, should be left to Buick, even if it had the same engine. I've also figured that the car, if one wanted it to stay a more upright true five-adult-seater, could bring about the feel of an Audi S8, and get the Bonneville moniker (maybe Catalina could be the base model). This would have to be on the big chassis. Many have weighed in with speculation or thoughts that Pontiac will build a standard four-door sedan to compete with the Charger, and that a stand-alone GTO coupe will be part of that group. I personally don't think the GTO should be a big car, but moved to the intermediate group. Regardless, there shouldn't be a V-6 of any kind coming anywhere near this car. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.
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I would like to see it as a Grand Prix, low slung, wide track, modern, edgy, sexy, and only V8 rwd. I like the idea of suicide doors.
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Well... I was thinking Grand Prix, but that choice includes CLS and Quattroporte like...Both of which I think are hideous and hate their profiles. If being low-slung means being like them, I think I'll pass on that. Ugh. And I'd prefer it to be either a coupe or a sedan. None of this inbetween-suicide-door crap.
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Do I dare start this argument again?
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I know, I need professional help... but I cannot let this opportunity go. Caption for above right photo:

"Tiffany, still struggling with gender issues, stops at the lake to take a leak."
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How about "Catalina" Kinda soft sounding, but kinda cool too. (For those of you that don't know Catalina was a name for larger Pontiacs of yore)
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I've been saying for a while now that there should be a new personal-feeling Grand Prix, with suicide doors and a CLS-like profile, and that it can be built on a stretched Epsilon intermediate platform or whatever the hell the big platform will be named.  The upright stuff, IMO, should be left to Buick, even if it had the same engine.

I've also figured that the car, if one wanted it to stay a more upright true five-adult-seater, could bring about the feel of an Audi S8, and get the Bonneville moniker (maybe Catalina could be the base model).  This would have to be on the big chassis.

Many have weighed in with speculation or thoughts that Pontiac will build a standard four-door sedan to compete with the Charger, and that a stand-alone GTO coupe will be part of that group.  I personally don't think the GTO should be a big car, but moved to the intermediate group.

Regardless, there shouldn't be a V-6 of any kind coming anywhere near this car.  That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.

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Amen brother!! :CG_all: Edited by honest trev
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How about "Catalina"

Kinda soft sounding, but kinda cool too.

(For those of you that don't know Catalina was a name for larger Pontiacs of yore)

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Yes, officially from 1959-81, and dating back to 1950 for a 2-door hardtop coupe body style. I voted Bonneville though, and since that is and was largely better-known, that's what I would pick. I'd want the CLS+Quattroporte styling, but merged onto a Caprice BOF-L architecture. I'd call my mid-size sport-luxury coupe Grand Prix, GTO as is, maybe detuned in base form with a few bits of equipment taken out, and LeMans as Pontiac's mainstream mid-size car, all based on a BOF platform. LeMans and GTO would seat up to 6 (9 on Bonneville Grand Safari-LeMans would be a short-tail SportSafari with no third seat), while GTO, Grand Prix, above-SJ trim LeMans and SSE-up Bonneville's would seat 5, with rear buckets optional on GTO and Grand Prix, maybe Bonneville.
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I'm relieved. I thought I was going to be in the minority on this one, but it looks like I'm not. I voted low slung Grand Prix, although I wouldnt mind if we switched the name to Tempest. Not that I mind the name Grand Prix either.
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I'd go with GP, wheels at the corners, RWD/AWD, HF V6 or V8, and low slung.

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That sounds good to me.
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Yes, officially from 1959-81, and dating back to 1950 for a 2-door hardtop coupe body style. I voted Bonneville though, and since that is and was largely better-known, that's what I would pick. I'd want the CLS+Quattroporte styling, but merged onto a Caprice BOF-L architecture. I'd call my mid-size sport-luxury coupe Grand Prix, GTO as is, maybe detuned in base form with a few bits of equipment taken out, and LeMans as Pontiac's mainstream mid-size car, all based on a BOF platform. LeMans and GTO would seat up to 6 (9 on Bonneville Grand Safari-LeMans would be a short-tail SportSafari with no third seat), while GTO, Grand Prix, above-SJ trim LeMans and SSE-up Bonneville's would seat 5, with rear buckets optional on GTO and Grand Prix, maybe Bonneville.

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Are you being sarcastic?

IF we want these cars to have independent suspension (which they should), why the hell would they be BOF cars?

A front bench in a GP or GTO?

A BOF intermediate in this millenium?

These aren't gonna be police-package vehicles, man...

And SJ trim? What is this, 1976?

All that aside, I could see Pontiac lining up a big wagon (since Dodge has one with the Magnum)...maybe that should be the Catalina.
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Here is an idea. Take the Montana, and drasticaly lower to roof line. Take off the sliding doors, and put in four normal doors. Take out the back row of seats. Juice up the engine (turbo, supercharger, new engine or whatever would work). Put on a more suitible suspension. Put in a nicer interior, bigger wheels, and a spoiler. What you have here is something like a Dodge Magnum..............but more like a street cruiser. Somebody needs to photoshop one of these. Keep the sliding doors if you would like to. This project could be what makes GM different than the rest of the other bold designs out there. Anyone remember the Pontiac Thunder (I think) concept?
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Is it really fair to drag the Corvette into a BOF/unibody debate? It's a really bizarre design that's executed extremely well.
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I was tempted to Vote: "A Caprice-like BOF retro-cruiser" but went with the first Bonneville choice.
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Is it really fair to drag the Corvette into a BOF/unibody debate?  It's a really bizarre design that's executed extremely well.

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But those Hydroformed frames would work great on a full size car
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1. Take the last Cadillac Deville

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Do you mean the one that is now simply the DTS with the new front and rear ends?

And I like I said on the last board, who would buy a 2007 Star Chief?

Pontiac, IMO, permanently shelved the "Indian" influences when they first decided to be the Excitement Division in the 60s.

Also, were you saying all that expecting the car to be front-drive? Or do you just feel they should make a car that big?
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