All of the wailing and gnashing of teeth regarding the imminent demise of the Pontiac GTO is misplaced. According to our sources, the performance Pontiac is making way early to prevent a costly re-engineering of the structure to meet 2007 federal safety requirements at the same time the architecture is being phased out. It is better, they believe, to spend the time and effort on bringing the Chevy Camaro to market by or before 2009.
Given this set of circumstances, it is very likely that the Camaro—which like the GTO will be based on a Holden-designed structure—will be built in Australia and exported to the United States. Also like the GTO, the Camaro will have a fully independent suspension, and V8 power. Talk of a low-price V6 edition continues, but talk of its production—or that of a limited edition model fitted with the Corvette Z06’s 7.0-liter LS7 engine—are pure speculation at this point.—CAS