Pontiac Piranha Concept

From GM Heritage Center: The 2000 Pontiac Piranha Concept, although it was classified as a four-seat, front drive coupe, it had a set of small rear doors that opened rearward to provide easy access to the entire interior. An innovative roof rack system popped up when needed, and disassembled when not in use. Piranha provided open-air driving with a uniquely designed single throw fabric sunroof panel that opened side to side between fixed roof rails. The user opened the roof down the middle from front to back by cranking it open to the desired width.

The interior was highly customizable. Fabric panels on the doors and instrument panel could be changed by zipping them on and off, allowing the driver to change color schemes easily. All four seats were designed to be foldable, lightweight and removable, once outside the vehicle, they did double duty as beach chairs. A lightweight tub, in the cargo area, served as a trunk or a cooler, and could be removed to provide storage or seating outside the vehicle. Removing the tub createed a flat bed, effectively converting the Piranha into a mini-pickup complete with fold-up tailgate. The instrument panel mounted CD holder detached, becoming a portable carrying case that allowed the user to easily take their tunes wherever they go.

A supercharged version of the 2.2 liter, 16 valve, 4 cylinder, DOHC, Ecotec engine produced 212 horsepower, providing plenty of fuel efficient power to the five speed automatic transmission with paddle shift controls mounted on the steering wheel. Piranaha was designed with Grand Prix style wide track design with 19-inch rear wheels and 18-inch fronts.

General Motors displayed the Pontiac Piranha four-wheel-drive coupe at the 2000 Chicago Auto Show

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