Vauxhall Monaro VXR not quite brutish enough for you? Then take a look at the car that could inspire its replacement – General Motors’ 6.4-litre, 575bhp, 180mph Pontiac GTO Ram Air 6. Built by GM’s Performance Division for this year’s Woodward Dream Cruise in the US, its designers call the Ram Air 6 ‘the ultimate GTO’. Its basis is the Australian Holden Monaro, which is imported to the US and re-badged as the Pontiac GTO – one of the classic badges in American motoring history.
A low-key one-off project built by a small team of specialists in their own time, its creators are playing down its significance. At this stage, its makers won’t be drawn on its future. GM spokesman Andrew Schreck told Autocar that it was created ‘mostly for fun’, but went on to admit that the performance division’s work was ‘always up for consideration for production’. However, this exceptionally professional execution might be a big clue the shape of the next production GTO. After GM boss Bob Lutz pushed through the plan to import the Monaro to the US, sales have not been as good as was hoped. GTO enthusiasts have criticised the car for its tame styling (right). Hence this stunning creation – a sort of supreme market-research exercise.