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I wish they had built this one instead of the Aztek.... :(

315.0 bhp @ 5400 rpm
Torque 334.9 ft lbs @ 3200 rpm
0 - 60 mph 5.5 seconds

PONTIAC RAGEOUS

We don't know about you, but we've felt that recent Pontiacs lacked that in-your-face-and-what-are-you-going-to-do-about-it? look that helped make Pontiac the bad boy of GM's stable.

Well, if the Rageous is a harbinger of what's cooking, it looks like Pontiac's back. This nasty red concept boasts a 315-hp V8 beneath its Ram Air hood. Like the Mercury MC4, the sporty coupe has a smaller, secondary rear door on each side. And speaking of large, Rageous can carry your standard 4 x 8-ft. sheet of plywood or drywall inside.
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PONTIAC RAGEOUS INTERIOR DESIGNED FOR ACTIVE LIFESTYLES
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No matter how you open up the Pontiac Rageous concept vehicle, there is a whole different world in there.

The outside is a fiery red sports machine, bulging with muscle and bold Pontiac excitement. But the inside is spacious, functional and offers driver and passengers easy entry and exit while providing the driver with great visibility.

Just getting into the Rageous gives a hint about the surprising functionality of this emotion-laden package. Front seat occupants, of course, enter through doors just like any other sports coupe. But unlike any other sports coupe, the Rageous has a couple of rear-hinged access panels for easy entry/exit of the rear seating area.

An aggressive rear decklid spoiler gives no hint that underneath is a rear hatch and a drop-down tailgate that opens to 49 cubic feet of cargo space. The front passenger seat and two rear seats fold down flat to make room for all kinds of sports equipment, home improvement supplies or whatever. The rear cargo space of the Rageous can accommodate something as large as 4 x 8 sheets of drywall or plywood. A washable dirt-resistant rubberized material in the rear cargo area makes clean-up a snap.

To secure the load, the Rageous provides U-shaped tie-down hooks that pull out of the floor and sides. To help organize smaller items, the Rageous has a number of multifunctional built-in storage containers and 10 net pockets.

"Anywhere we could put storage areas, we did," said Interior Designer Tim Greig. "The Rageous opens up a whole new world of functionality for a high performance sports car."

There are map pockets in the front and rear doors and three more in the center console. There are two large storage areas in the center console that serve as the second and third glove boxes and there is a closed, lockable storage area under the drivers door armrest. Additionally there are molded cupholders for four occupants.

The Rageous is outfitted with four bucket seats, each equipped with a racers style four-point harness restraint. Occupants are further protected in frontal or side collisions by front and side airbags. Front seats feature 6-way adjustments including power height. Rear bucket seats have an adjustment for back angle. All four seat headrests have built-in sound system speakers.

Its obvious that the Rageous is designed for active lifestyles. In today?s busy, time-constrained society, active people want to optimize their play time. A special communication link package in the Rageous permits the active person to stay in touch with the office via personal computer links and cellular phones while driving to the mountains for some mountain biking or skiing.

To make sure the Rageous driver gets there, the communication link includes a Global Position Sensor navigation link. Entertainment is provided through the communication link by a CD pay-to-listen service that pipes in the drivers favorite forms of music.

Monitoring and control of these and other system can be maintained without ever taking your eyes off the road thanks to the Head Up Display (HUD). A track ball mouse in the steering wheel controls electrical and electronic systems such as the sound system, cell phone, heating and cooling, seats, and lights through the HUD. Additionally, driver information such as speed, odometer and engine conditions can be displayed on the HUD.

A shrink-wrapped interior emphasizes the contours of the body and door structures and contributes to a cylindrical design motif. These cylindrical forms are evident in the center console and in the gauges and air outlets that are molded into the instrument panel.

Controls are clustered around the driver in a ****pit designed to deliver information quickly and easily to the driver. Round, pod-like gauges feature readouts in both digital and analog formats while supporting the cylindrical design theme.

The ribbed theme that portrays ruggedness and protection is carried into the interior on the shifter and on front and rear seat assist grips on the doors.

"This vehicle bristles with excitement," said Pontiac Brand Character Director John Schinella. "We wanted to make every detail very dramatic to state Pontiac?s brand character while adding value to the sports machine."

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Yeah, forget about the Torrent and the Montana replacement, this is the type of utility vehicle that a sports car company like Pontiac should be offering. Leave the other stuff to Chevy and GMC
 

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The 04 GP definately takes cues from the interior-- the door panels for certain and also the dash. I can see some G6 interior there too.
 

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Cool car. That interior looks :eek: ---well, yea.
 

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Originally posted by Mr_Pringle@Mar 13 2004, 11:51 AM
The 04 GP definately takes cues from the interior-- the door panels for certain and also the dash. I can see some G6 interior there too.
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This was a possible Firebird/Trans Am replacement. I personally think that this car has just about every possibe Pontiac styling excess of the last 20 years....it's a little over done..how come there are no spoilers or ridges on the roof.
 

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Could anyone photoshop the Rageous into a clean styled Pontiac and make the look fit into the current Pontiac lineup? It would be an interesting idea.
 

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it's funny... seems like many of the rageous ideas were later used elsewhere. rear-hinged rear doors (saturn quad-coupe), folding front passenger seat and hooks in the cargo area (vibe), GPS system (a buncha cars)... though the speakers in the seats came from the fiero!

this car was WAY too overdone... good idea, but garish execution. it's pontiac to excess (like someone said) circa 1999. glad we've moved on :)
 

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Originally posted by MCGARRETT@Mar 15 2004, 11:32 PM
This was a possible Firebird/Trans Am replacement. I personally think that this car has just about every possibe Pontiac styling excess of the last 20 years....it's a little over done..how come there are no spoilers or ridges on the roof.
It looks pretty cool if it was for around their price range - If they came out with it to replace them in a few years. I agree it's a little overdone, but if someone does the above requested photoshop it make make it look better.
 

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I LIKE IT!!!! But it is NOT a Firebird/Camaro.

Hopefully GM will change their mind.......

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Active lifestyles?!? I thought that was built for the Battlestar Galactica lifestyle! It would be too much fun to pass up...
 

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Oh, and never mind it as a Firebird replacement, stretch it maybe 5 inches behind the front doors and call it a Bonneville...
 

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I agree, remove the rear hatch, give it a trunk, make it a 2 door, smooth it out a little, and viola!!

YOU HAVE A 99 TRANS AM!!

I like this concept, the interior has alot of ideas that could be used, but it's really only breaking new ground if you take into context the year it was produced. I think it is an interesting concept, and if Pontiac is to make any crossover vehicles, this and the vibe should be the avenue it pursues.
 

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Think back over the years, GM has built a lot of concept cars that were home runs. WE NEVER GOT THEM! WE ARE STILL NOT GETTING THEM! We got Aztecs instead. Wouldn't you like to know who the suits were that made those decisions? May a dog mistake them for fire hydrants.
 

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Yeah, but Aztec's are, in reality, great cars. They are just extremely practical cars, so shouldn't be in Pontiac's lineup. Yes, the styling is pretty sucky but really, I've seen much much much worse from Honda (element) and Scion (any model) I actually looked into an Aztec instead of regurgitating what I was told by others and it would make quite a practical everyday driver. Which is why the platform does so well at Buick.
 
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