• Is Holden Rebadged-Pontiac G8 the Future Answer to European Muscle?

As you know, Pontiac has gone down under for their next sport sedan and picked up the Aussie icon Holden Commodore- a smart move indeed. But where does the future lie for this Aussie rebated sedan in our beloved United States?
Take a trip down over to the United Kingdom and drivers are going to be treated with the Vauxhall VXR8(a rebadged Holden HSV Clubsport R8,) , which boasts a breathtaking 6.0 liter 420 bhp V8 powered engine. This is enough power to bring the Holden Commodore VXR8 from 0-60 faster than an Australian can drink a Victoria Bitter Beer- under 4.9 seconds. Top speed is yet to be released but there is no doubt this car is capable of pushing over 170 mph with the speed limiter removed.

Enough talk about Holden’s new monstrosity of a vehicle, I predict that this engine is going to see its way into the new Pontiac G8 sometime in 2008. Why wouldn’t Pontiac bring this performance machine to the United States, it would be completed foolish for them not to. This car would offer enough speed and a low of enough price to get performance oriented European shoppers to look at the new VXR8. Can you say Bmw M car competitor?

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  (9) posted on 03.13.2007

GM won’t bring the 420 hp model to the states because it would have to be sold at a higher price point, that right now Pontiac’s image just can’t support. It would be a miserable failure to sell a $50K Pontiac sedan. The G8 GT will have more power at as good or better of a price than all of its competitors. The 5.7 Hemi Charger RT will cost about $1k more and have less power, and a 5 speed auto vs a 6 speed auto or stick in the G8.

And people that buy M series BMWs don’t want a Pontiac they want a M series BMW.

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