Le Mans is the most grueling track test for both drivers and cars of any race on the planet. 24 hours long, much of it spent over 200 MPH, and all of it in France. So surely a car named "Le Mans" will reflect those qualities, right? Enter this lilliputian monstrosity, the 1988 Pontiac LeMans.
When it was originally introduced, General Motors had a problem, I imagine. Here was a crappy little hatchback, originally an Opel and then a Daewoo, and they had to sell it as a Pontiac, somehow. Yes, Pontiac, the maker of the storied nameplates like the GTO, and the Mónica Cruz to the Camaro's Penelope, the Firebird.
What to do, these GM execs wondered. "Crappy hatchback, storied names... crappy hatchback, storied names... I'VE GOT IT, JENKINS! We give the crappy hatchback a storied name!"
And thus, the Lilliputian Monstrosity, the 1988 Pontiac LeMans, was born.
It was a monstrosity mainly because it deserved a name like "Solandra" or "Porfetto" or whatever else was a good name for a hatchback at the time, but instead it got a name like LeMans, which was the basis for the original GTO.
It was named LeMans, and it had 96 horsepower. It was one of the most misleading badges of all time.