Not that there is anything wrong with the solstice, but I just wanted to see what this would look like. You "anti-retro" guys will hate it.
Biggest problem with the Solstice for me is I live in Nebraska where they require front license plates. Where will that go on the Solstice? I also think cars can look more aggresive with a bumper line.
Rims : I love the look of the Rally II rims. Again, I think having a "beauty ring" around the outside of the rim gives it a more muscular appearance (wider). I will admit, they may be a little too wide in this picture, but it was only my first shot.
I actually toyed around with the idea of making this a 2+2 coupe. Stretch the wheelbase a foot or so in front of the rear wheel. Add a roof panel similar to a first gen Firebird. I tried briefly, but gave up when it didn't look as good as I wanted.
Scoops : I also played around with adding some hood scoops. (Something like the '69 Trans Am scoops. Very suttle duel scoops at the front of the hood.) Again, I wasn't happy with my artistic skills so I backed them out.
Formula? : I love Firebirds and Trans Ams. (I own a '96 WS6 Trans Am.) I do believe the name has taken on a negative stigma with the general public. When you say "Trans Am" they either think '70s Disco-era black and gold (which I love, but has fallen out of fashion) or they think "high-school punk boy racer". (Not trying to offend anyone - again, I love these cars, but this is the impression I get from talking with others.) I don't believe the Formula name has this same stigma. Us older guys will recognise the connection with Formulas of the past, plus the Formula name itself hints at a performance auto.
Engine : I love V-8s, but for a car this small I can see the difficulty adding an engine that big and keeping the weight down. But I don't think 300 hp is an unfair expectation, either from a supercharged ecotek, or more likely a supercharged inline-6. (Restore the "Sprint-6" name, anyone?)
Anyway, this is the first chop I have posted to this board (or any board for that matter.) Hope you like it. If any of you more gifted individuals (Rex?) would like to try out that 2+2 coupe starting with my picture, have at it.