The winner of Pontiac's "Tame the Name" contest, in which GM received more than 80,000 entries suggesting monikers for the recently nixed 2010 Pontiac G8 ST, has opted for a 2009 Pontiac Torrent CUV. A G8 ST was originally promised as the grand prize.
Pontiac spokesman Jim Hopson told PickupTrucks.com at the North American International Auto Show that Joseph Warren was given a choice of any vehicle in Pontiac's lineup of comparable value to the G8 ST or less. The ST was expected to start in the low-$30,000 range.
"He chose a new Pontiac Torrent GXP," Hopson said.
For the winner of a rear-wheel-drive sports car-truck, the Torrent is an unexpected choice. Warren could have selected a V-8-powered G8 GT sedan with the same engine as the G8 ST had promised, rated at 361 horsepower and 385 pounds-feet of torque. The GXP Torrent has a 250-hp, six-cylinder mill.
Disappointed fans of the latter-day Chevy El Camino may consider Warren's choice to be abhorrent, but we wish Warren well in his new Torrent.