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  Pontiac REV

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Country of origin:United States
Produced in:2001
Introduced at:2001 NAIAS
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionTake a 'rally' sports coupe, mix in the versatility to carry friends and cargo and you arrive at the Pontiac REV - a bold, athletic concept with a go-anywhere attitude. The REV is as capable and surefooted on smooth, twisty pavement as it is on the dirt trail headed to a favourite getaway. All-wheel-drive and on-the-fly adjustable suspension give it traction on all sorts of surfaces.

Under the front hinged clamshell hood sits a transverse mounted new high-feature, 3.0-liter, 245 horsepower OHC V6. The electronic sequential manual transmission with automatic mode smoothly shifts through five speeds via an with a sequential 'joystick' operated by wire. The adjustable suspension has two settings, low and high. When the going gets rough, the car can be raised two inches. Wide 19-inch wheels in front and 1920-inchers in the rear expose large ventilated disc brakes and high performance calipers.

To achieve compact cat-eye-like headlights, the light sources are placed in a 90-degree angle in the engine compartment. The light beams are reflected outward by mirrors, which respond to steering inputs and thus provide optimal light on the road even in turns. Additional 'off-road-lights' are positioned on the front of the aerodynamic outside rear view mirror housings. REV comes with a striking and practical door concept, and without B-pillars. The rear doors slide open out and backwards parallel to the rear quarters and can be operated independently of the standard front doors. With all four doors open, people and their gear can enter and load easily.

The interior offers room for a mountain of sporting equipment. A combined lift- and tailgate gives access to the cargo area. The lower gate, including the characteristic, wide taillamp comprised of 560 LED's, swings down behind the rear bumper in a parallel action for ease of loading and unloading. The clamshell glass liftgate swings up and reveals storage bins in the upper portions of the rear fenders. Four Motorola TalkAbout radios with integrated GPS receivers ride along there in special cradles. They can be removed quickly to keep driver and passengers in touch with each other and the car when they hit the trail. An integrated first aid kit and a toolbox are also on standby if needed.

Four people ride firmly in individual, thin, yet supple body-contour molded seats combining featherweight carbon fiber structure with Lycra covered gel padding of bicycle saddles. Four-point belts are seat integrated and the backrests of the rear and front passenger seats can be folded forward to store long items, such as surfboards, in the interior. The door panels and dashboard also feature ultra-tough, lightweight carbon fiber combined with metallic accent surfaces. The instrument panel links the A-pillars like a bridge with a wide 'see-through' opening on the passenger side in front of the firewall.

The engine revs up with a push of the red start button, once the driver has identified himself via a coded mini chip-card. In the center console, a detachable, combined GPS-navigation, cell-phone, two-way radio with integrated Internet access from Motorola keeps the driver on top of things on and off the road as well as in business. On a three-screen re-configurable LCD display the driver selects with a simple toggling action which data is on the center screen, for example speedometer, rev-counter or GPS, and which data is relegated to the side panels. The displays are round and look like traditional instruments, but can display vastly more information.

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