1. It was a decade ago that GM imported the Holden Monaro from Australia and badged it as the Pontiac GTO.  The Monaro-GTO did bear similarities to the classic GTOs of the 1970s, being based on a plain-jane midsize coupe and sporting a high-output V-8.  Nevertheless, the GTO met lackluster reviews, complaints centering on its heaviness (3,700 lbs.) and drab design.  GM tried to spiff up the GTO for ‘05, installing a 6.0 L V-8 (up from 5.7) and hood scoops.  It wasn’t enough—the GTO ran for one more year before getting the axe.  It’s generally considered a collectible today.

     
  2. 1971 was a down year for the Barracuda, Plymouth’s challenger to the Ford Mustang.  The ‘71 sported a distinct mesh grill and quad-headlamps; it was also the last year for the 7.0 L Hemi V-8.  

     
  3. Preview images of the”Project 7,” a hi-po speedster variant of the Jaguar F-Type.  The images are the car in production trim, set for release later this year.  Specs unknown.

     
  4. A digital rendering a modded E21 E-Series.  Though the E30 is defined as the classic, the venerable BMW 3-Series originated with the E21 in 1975.  BMW manufactured E21s for eight model years in strictly coupe form with the option of a Baur cabrio conversion. The engine range was entirely I-4, going from a meek 1.6 L to a still-modest 2.4.  No “M” model was ever produced.

     
  5. Word’s in that the Subaru BRZ may be out—according to Carbuzz.  BRZ sales are poor compared to those of the Scion FR-S.  The travesty here is that Subaru failed to distinguish its car from Scion’s by offering an STI variant within the first two model years.  A BRZ STI with a mono-turbo flat-four engine and all-wheel-drive could have made the BRZ into a standout.  

    If it’s any consolation, the FR-S is the only thing going for Scion.