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Knowing that Pontiac is going to redesign the GTO in 2007, I have done the following concept. It obviously makes liberal use of the G6 concept, but this is my idea of the next level for the GTO. I feel the body of the production G6 and the concept G6 are different enough that the concept version could be used on another coupe design.
 

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I think what's under the hood is the primary difference, don't you? Besides, the body of the production G6 varies enough, in my opinion anyway, that enough people would see these as different cars. I see your point, but it raises the question of why even have the GTO in the first place? And remember that the original GTO's were based on existing cars even when they swtiched from an option package to a seperate nameplate.

btw, if anyone wants a full list of what I did just ask.
 

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Nice chop. But I agree with Rex, its too much like the G6 concept or production. And, no what is under the hood is not all that matters. We found that out with the current GTO.
 

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Any suggestions on how to make it stand on its own? I guess the main thing would be to do a complete redesign of the twin ports, which I almost did. But I wanted to see how a black grill would look. I'm going to tackle the lights when I get up enough strength. lol. I hate doing headlights from scratch.

Thanks for the chop compliments though.

EDIT: I have since added a "shoulder" over the rear quarter that has a slight V indentation on the side. I think it looks pretty sharp. I also added some new hood lines that taper down to a point just below the arrowhead.
 

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Great chop, but I have to agree with the others - too much G6. Anyways, continue your work! :D
 

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All of this may be really hard, I don't know anything about photoshop. But...

Raise the front fenders higher than the hood. That always makes cars look more aggressive. Look at how it makes other sport/performance coupes look, like the Corvette (especially C6), XLR, Solstice, and Viper. I think this appearance feature is why so many people don't like the look of the current GTO. It lacks the aggressiveness this feature adds.
Also, fan out the twin ports so they give a spread-wings like appearance and push the headlights onto the raised fenders. (Like Solstice and C6)

I like the hood lines. I also like the line on the rear shoulder, maybe that could flow into the rear spoiler.

Just some thoughts, like I said, I don't know anything about photoshop, though.
 

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I think the design vocabulary is generally right - the G6 and the Solstice point the way for Pontiac's new lean and muscular look and you've nicely incorporated this into your concept.

The problem I see is proportions -- it is proportioned like a FWD or AWD car. The hood is short, the cowl is pulled forward. But, the GTO is a traditional V8, RWD car and it's architecture should reflect that - a longer hood and some meat along the rear fender area.

While most GTOs didn't quite have the long hood, short deck look of the Firebird, they had longer hoods, hungry-looking grills and a "coke-bottle" waist that gave them some heft around the rear fenders. If you can play with the proportions of your concept to do the same, I think you might find something that people instintively feel is a GTO.
 

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Some good suggestions/points. I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to lower the hood to make the fenders stand out a little. I don't want to just chop in another front end. I prefer to do the work myself. But it's a pretty big task. I'll see what I can do and report back when I have something new.
 

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Still working on this concept. I've done a few things that hopefully will set it apart from the G6 a bit more. My next task is to lengthen the front end.
 

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Not bad...i like it
 

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Better than what's out there right now, that's for damn sure.

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