There has been some talk here about who "owns" the rights to Pontiac now. Yeah, yeah, I know, old-new, or new-new or new-old GM still owns the name, and probably always will because they don't want someone taking the name and kicking their butt with it. But the reality is we, the loyal Pontiac owners and fans own it. It's ours, and no matter how much the execs at Govt. Motors lied to us(and abandoned us) about their desires for Pontiac, it belongs to us.
Now, my dream lineup, because it doesn't matter anymore about how outrageous it would be, so I'm shooting for the moon.
The G8 would have only V-8 engines, no V-6. I would have GT/GTP and GXP trim levels. The GT would come standard with a detuned L76, say with 330hp to try and gain an extra mpg. But it would have the L99 with 400hp as an option with AFM. The GT would offer only the 6A. The GTP would come with the LS7, and make 500hp, with both a 6A and 6M. The GXP would have the LSA with 600hp and either a 6A or 6M(thats right, if I were running GM, the V-Series Caddy's would never be built, this performance level would have gone straight to Pontiac where it belonged all along!!!). And their would be four styles, coupe, sedan, wagon, and sport truck. The wagon and ST would only be in GT trim.
Next would be the Firebird in Base, Formula, and Trans Am trim. I would have its engine lineup follow the G8 GT/GTP and GXP, except I would substitute the LS9 for the LSA in full Corvette power levels for the Trans Am. The Trans Am in my book would become a true four-seat rival to Corvette. Since both G8 and Firebird would ride on Zeta, I think they would have no problem with all this power.
Finally, I would still build the beautiful Solstice. It would come in GT/GTP and GXP trim. The GT and GTP would have four cylinder engines with 200hp and 300hp respectively. But I've always wondered if the Solstice could have possibly become a modern day Carroll Shelby AC Cobra, by dropping a V-8 engine into it as a GXP version. I don't know, it might not work, but I bet some "hot-rodder" could make it work. A small-block V-8 with at least 350hp would make the "Carroll Shelby" Solstice a wild ride!!
So, their is my "dream" lineup. It will never see the light of day, but at least we, the real Pontiac loyalist and owners, can dream about it.