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2008 Pontiac G8

2008 Pontiac G8
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2008 pontiac g8
  • Pontiac G8
  • Year:
    2008
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    3.6L DOHC V-6
  • Transmission:
    6-Speed Automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    362
  • Torque @ RPM:
    391
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Confirming its commitment to style and performance, Pontiac introduced a show car version of an all-new, rear-wheel-drive performance sedan at the Chicago Auto Show. The 2008 Pontiac G8 will be available in dealerships early next year.

 

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The Car Show: Season 1 Episode 3

Following the debacle of a first episode for Top Gear USA, The Car Show comes at us again with hilarity and automotive variety in their third episode of the season.

In this episode, Adam Corolla (comedian and car enthusiast), Dan Neil (automotive columnist for The Wall Street Journal), John Salley (4-time NBA Champion and actor), and Matt Farah (SmokingTire.com) take part in a number of segments that made us laugh at loud, literally. Mixed in with the good times and "Lambo-quality comedy," the guys take part in a test comparing the automated driving versus actual driving in a 2007 BMW 328i sedan, a comparison of the Audi R8 and the Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, and an interview with racing legend, Pete Brock.

The fun doesn’t stop there as the boys go through their 0-60 and Adam’s America segments, as well as a trip to North Carolina for some dirt track racing.

Hit the jump for details on The Car Show: Season 1 Episode Three.

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Chevrolet To Get Holden Based SS Sedan

Chevrolet To Get Holden Based SS Sedan

Americans always says that Canadians are “just like us.” They talk (almost) the same, look slightly paler, and they just happen to use those funny little kilometers per hour instead of the proper miles per hour. After much thought though, it’s the Australians that are most like Americans– especially when it comes down to the shared passion of muscle cars.

The Holden Commodore last made its appearance on our shores in 2009 as the Pontiac G8. It was a big, full-size, four door sedan, complete with an equally big Corvette-sourced V8 engine. What’s not to love about it?

Unfortunately for us, the G8 left our market with the demise of Pontiac in 2010 and we’ve been without our fair share of Australian cars since then. But alas some good news: according to GM Inside News, the Holden Commodore has been confirmed to return to the United States as a 2014 Chevrolet SS Sedan.

Even better news follows. GM Inside News also reports that General Motors is considering bringing the Holden Commodore Ute and Commodore SportWagon to our shores as well, as the Chevy El Camino and SportWagon. If these rumors hold any water, we’d expect to see the El Camino the same time we see the SS Sedan and the Sport Wagon released soon thereafter.

For the record, this isn’t the first time these rumors have popped up. Some of you may even remember that we were supposed to get the Commodore Ute back in 2009 as the Pontiac G8 Sport Truck before the economy tanked and it was cancelled. Also in July of the same year, Bob Lutz said that the G8 would be saved and become the Chevrolet Caprice. That also turned out to be untrue although the Commodore’s big brother, the Statesman went on to become the new Caprice PPV.

While there is hope for these awesome Aussies on our shores, we’ll have to wait to believe it when we see it.

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2010 Pontiac G8 GXP

2010 Pontiac G8 GXP

The Pontiac G8 GXP is a tremendous performance bargain, built with the best parts from the GM parts bin; the GXP offers owners quite possibly the best fun/dollar ratio on the market. It comes complete with a 19 inchCadillac CTS-V inspired wheel and brake package as well as an LS3 V8 from a Chevrolet Corvette sending 415 HP to the rear wheels via an optional six-speed manual and a very racy limited slip differential. This is all good for a quarter mile time of 13 seconds flat at 108 MPH and a 0 to 60 MPH time of, with the luxury of four doors.

There was once a Car and Driver comparison with a subtitle that read: Dundee and Goliath: A dark knight from Down Under rattles the BMW M5, and you’ll never guess who builds it. The car that author Aaron Robinson was comparing with the luxury performance sedan back in 2001 was the Holden Commodore HSV GTS R 300. Think Cadillac Catera body on top of an LS1 Corvette power train and whatever other special parts that GM had ad their disposal. At the end of the article, the BMW squeezed ahead thanks only to fit and finish, but the fun to drive award went to the Holden. This was even more astounding because the special edition HSV was selling for only a fraction of the pride of the M lineup.

Since the turn of the century General Motors has invested heavily in their rear wheel drive platform and imported another Australian V8 super car, the Holden Monaro based GTO with LS1 power. After the initial test run, Pontiac brought over the 21st century goat’s cousin, the Commodore, except it was more commonly known at the G8, which is a tremendous performance sedan. With the recent demise of the brand the Pontiac G8 could go the same way as the ill-fated GTO, but if that means no more GXP we are going to have to ask Obama for our bail out money back. It would be just like an American automaker to kill a $37,610 sedan that makes a BMW M5 seem ridiculously overpriced. GM is offering a $3,500 cash incentive on all variations of the G8 Sedan.

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Bob Lutz takes back his comments on possible G8 rebirth

Bob Lutz takes back his comments on possible G8 rebirth

Maybe now Bob Lutz has learned a lesson about making promises he can’t keep. It wasn’t that long ago when the high-ranking GM official talked to Automobile Magazine and all but guaranteed that the Pontiac G8 would be spared from the chopping blocks and be re-christened as the Chevrolet Caprice.

Lutz’ declaration was met with raised eyebrows, especially those coming from GM CEO Fritz Henderson who previously said that the G8 – and all subsequent Pontiac models – would cease to exist by the end of the year. Turns out that Lutz may have bitten off more than he could chew and in a recent entry on GM’s blog took back his proclamations and said that upon further review, the supposed G8-turned-Caprice wouldn’t make too much sense given the unstable state of the US auto industry.

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Initial thoughts: Pontiac G8 GXP

Initial thoughts: Pontiac G8 GXP

We have just received a real gem into our Top Speed test fleet. The once endangered and now recently saved Pontiac G8 is an excellent performance sedan. The stylish sedan came from the land down under where the Australians prefer their race cars with a V8 up front and four doors all around. It was this rear wheel drive formula that made the G8 such a hit when it originally debuted with either V6 or V8 power. However this is no ordinary G8, this is the high performance GXP version, a model that combines the fun of rear wheel drive, the power of an LS3 and the control of a six speed manual and is said to compete with much higher priced sports cars like the BMW M5.

Our Sport Red Metallic car rides on a set of stylish 19 inch polished aluminum rims that when combined with the oversized Brembo brake calipers, bears a striking resemblance to the Cadillac CTS-V. Aside from the impressive rolling stock the exterior of our G8 GXP looks just like any other of the four door imports from Queensland. The only other features that hint at the outstanding performance under the bonnet are the pair of sport inspired hood scoops and a set of reasonably flared fenders. Apart from the cleared out taillight lenses and the aforementioned details, there is no other way to tell this hot rod G8 apart from any other of Pontiac’s rear wheel drive grocery getters.

The Onyx interior is about the same as a base Pontiac G8 except that the aluminum sport pedals and GXP logos embroidered into the backrests of the leather wrapped front sport buckets hint at something special. That sensation is further reinforced by the Corvette-like shifter. The grip is connected to a six speed manual that sends 402 HP and 402 lb-ft of torque from the 6.2 Liter V8 through a limited slip differential directly to the rear wheels. The G8 GXP should be good for a 0 to 60 MPH time of about 4.7 seconds and a quarter mile time of 13.0 seconds flat.

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Bob Lutz: We're bringing back the G8

Bob Lutz: We’re bringing back the G8

If General Motors is to bounce back from its beleaguered state, it’s got to deliver on its promises. Vice Chairman Bob Lutz made one when he said that the Pontiac G8, scheduled for the chopping block at the end of the year, will eventually resurface in Chevrolet showrooms as the Caprice.

"The last time we looked at [the G8], we decided that we would continue to import it as a Chevrolet," Lutz said. "It is kind of too good to waste." Despite the Vice Chairman’s promise, there still seems to be mixed feeling within the organization regarding the future of the G8. One of the people against the move happens to be CEO Fritz Henderson, who has been repeatedly heard saying that he isn’t a fan of rebadging.

Nevertheless, Lutz is bent on keeping his promise, saying that the wheels have already been set in motion and that export agreements with a number of countries, specifically Australia, where the Holden Commodore has already been rebadged as Chevrolets in a slew of countries. This precedent, according to Lutz, is something that he is looking at using in order to repackage the G8 as a Chevrolet-badged vehicle under the Caprice name.

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2010 Hurst Pontiac H.O. G8 and G6

2010 Hurst Pontiac H.O. G8 and G6

The American muscle car tuner Hurst is preparing a High Output version of the Pontiac G8 and a G6 convertible. The special edition edition GM cars will be limited to a total of 52 units, each one being built by hand.

The H.O. Pontiacs will each recieve their own numbered identification and will feature Hurst’s iconic white/gold and black/gold paint scheme along with a set of forged alloy Hurst wheels, a supercharged engine, high performance suspension mods, a specially trimmed interior and of course a Hurst shifter.

The aftermarket manufacturer will also commemorate Gerorge Hurst’s partner, the Doc, by recreating a modern interpritation of his famous Pace Cars. Only ten HURST/Pontiac G6 convertibles will be built and used as parade and special event vehicles, we couldn’t think of any better duty for a HURST modified muscle car.

Press release after the jump.

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How about 400 hp for $35,000?

How about 400 hp for $35,000?

The Pontiac G8 GXP and Dodge Charger SRT-8 are two of the most powerful modern muscle cars on the road. If you have an extra $35,000 in your pocket – which can be pretty difficult with the current economic situation - you can buy either an American Commodore or an angry Bublebee.
The Pontiac G8 GXP is powered by a 6.2L LS3 small-block V-8, currently rated at 415 hp and 415 lb-ft. of torque. It takes the G8 only 4.7 seconds to sprint from 0 to 60 MPH and can run the quarter-mile in 13.0 seconds flat at 108 mph. Pontiac has priced the high performance sedan at $38,295.

The Dodge Charger SRT-8 is powered by the venerable 6.1 liter Hemi V-8 engine that delivers 425 hp and a peak torque of 420 lb-ft. The Hemi powered machine take a little longer to reach 60 MPH, 5 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 165 mph. The Dodge is priced at $41,120, but with cash incentive packages you can pay anywhere from 6 to 7 thousand dollars less.

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Pontiac SLP Firehawk G8 GT

Pontiac SLP Firehawk G8 GT

If you are a Pontiac fan, then you should be familiar with the term Firehawk. It was the name given by Street Legal Performance to a series of Firebirds in the early 1990’s. SLP has decided to bring back the name with a new Pontiac Firehawk G8 GT.

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Pontiac G8 ST canceled

Pontiac G8 ST canceled

The car industry is becoming like playing Russian roulette with five chambers loaded. A lot of cars are winners (dead) with very few losers (survivors). The latest confirmed car to get the big bang is Pontiac’s G8 ST (the El Camino.)

Although disappointed, we are not surprised. The car was too late in the game to be effective. Had it arrived a few years earlier, when everyone had the credit to buy whatever car they wanted, a unique V8 powered truck/car would have netted a handsome sum. But then gas prices and unemployment rates went up. The public is not buying cars, especially novelty ones. General Motors went scrambling to find a place for its new El Camino, but importing the Holden-based car from Australia was looking too costly. Rumors swirled that the car would be a V6 only; then back to a V8; then the car would be delayed; now finally, BANG it’s dead.

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2009 Pontiac G8 GXP pricing announced

2009 Pontiac G8 GXP pricing announced

Pontiac today announced pricing on the 2009 G8 GXP Sport sedan. The car will go on sale in February 2009 and the pricing will start from $39,995, including $685 destination and freight charges and $1,700 in applicable federal gas guzzler taxes. A 6-speed manual is available for an extra $695. A sunroof is optional with a price-tag of $900.

The G8 GXP is powered by a 6.2L LS3 small-block V-8, currently rated at 402 hp and 402 lb.-ft. of torque pending final SAE certification. This engine is the newest member of GM’s small-block V-8 family. It features a revised, larger-bore cylinder block, high-flow, L92-style cylinder heads; larger-diameter pistons; unique camshaft and camshaft timing; revised valvetrain with offset intake rocker arms; high-flow intake manifold; and high-flow fuel injectors.

The G8 GXP is expected to deliver 0-to-60 mph performance of about 4.7 seconds, and a quarter-mile time of 13.0 seconds at 108 mph.

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Pontiac G8 GXP will do Nurburgring in 8:30?

Pontiac G8 GXP will do Nurburgring in 8:30?

The Nurburgring has become General Motors’ benchmark for its performance cars. Although this seems like a no-brainer considering the public road/race circuit is a standard for the world, GM has been relatively absent from this track until about this last decade. Now GM uses it to test everything from the Chevrolet Corvette to the Cadillac SRX.

One car that isn’t a surprise appearance on the German road is Pontiac’s G8 GXP, but what did make news was its unoffical time, eight minutes and thirty seconds. That’s not too bad considering the benchmark performance sedan, the BMW M5, does the same lap in 8:13, and the M5 costs more than double the GXP’s $40,000 base price.

This run was touted as driven by a development engineer and not a professional driver. But that doesn’t always mean this is just some everyday driver. General Motors employed former racer John Heinricy as its director of Performance Vehicles Operations. GM used Heinricy when the Cadillac CTS-V beat out the BMW M5 during a challenge at the Monticello Motor Club.

The G8 GXP is powered by a 6.2L LS3 small-block V-8, currently rated at 415 hp and over 400 lb.-ft. of torque. Current figures peg the G8 GXP’s 0-to-60 mph performance at 4.7 seconds, and a quarter-mile time of 13.0 seconds at 108 mph. It features a larger-bore cylinder block, high-flow cylinder heads, larger-diameter pistons, unique camshaft, revised valvetrain with offset intake rocker arms, high intake manifold, and high-flow fuel injectors.

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Pontiac G8 ST on sale in fall 2009, prices from low $30k

Pontiac G8 ST on sale in fall 2009, prices from low $30k

The Pontiac G8 ST (Sport Truck) unveiled at the New York Auto Show will go into production in July 2009, and the first G8 STs are expected to go on sale here in the fall of 2009. Pricing for the G8 ST (V8 version) will start in the low $30k.

GM will build the rear-wheel-drive G8 ST in Australia, where it also manufactures the Pontiac G8 sedan and Holden VE Ute and VE Commodore sedan. According to Hopson, it will take about two months to ship the car-based pickups to the U.S., with the first G8 STs arriving as early as next September but likely in October 2009.

The sport truck draws its strength from the same powerful 6.0L V-8 engine used in the G8 GT. It puts out 361 hp and 385 lb.-ft. of torque. The G8 ST will debut with a six-speed automatic transmission.

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Tjin Edition Pontiac G8 CST coming to SEMA

Tjin Edition Pontiac G8 CST coming to SEMA

Neil Tjin, a West Coast journalist/designer/tuner will present at the SEMA Show a hot Pontiac G8. Built by Unique Fabrication, the Tjin Edition G8 CST features an intercooled Vortech supercharger, American Racing headers, Corvette Z06 brakes, 20-inch Dunlop tires, seven-spoke One Lug wheels, Eibach springs, a Visteon navigation system and Focal audio system.

The car will also feature a Webasto twin-vent sunroof, a PPG blue-gray exterior scheme and a diamond-stitched interior with plenty of bells and whistles.

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Pontiac will drop RWD G8

Pontiac will drop RWD G8

The Pontiac revolution may be dying. A few years ago, everything looked promising with rear-wheel drive coupes and sedans on the horizon. But when times get tough, the lower volume and speciality cars are the first to go.

First on the chopping block was the Solstice. It’s a flagship car that draws attention to the brand but doesn’t directly make much money. Goodnight.

But now it seems the that even the more everyday cars are getting the ax. General Motors latest report has the rear-wheel-drive G8 sedan dying off in five years. Pontiac will not get the version of the next rear-drive platform that underpins the Australian Holden Commodore. This move is likely partially due to the current expense it takes to import the G8s from Australia.

So in five years, the current plans show Pontiac with no rear-wheel drive cars. In their place will be re-badged Chevy Aveos (which are just re-badged Daewoos.) Times are tough indeed.

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2009 Pontiac G8 GXP officially rated at 415hp

2009 Pontiac G8 GXP officially rated at 415hp

When GM unveiled the 2009 G8 GXP at the New York Auto Show they said the 6.2L LS3 small-block V-8 engine is rated at 402 hp and 402 lb.-ft. of torque. But after the SAE dyno testing, it seems the car is giving more than paid for. The G8 GXP was officially rated at 415 hp and 415 lbs-ft.

GM will also offer the six speed manual transmission along with the standard six speed auto trans on the G8 GXP. The car’s LS3 V8 is the third engine available for the G8 line up joining the 261hp 3.6 V6 engine and the 360hp 6.0 V8 engine.

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Production name for the 2010 Pontiac G8 ST chosen

Production name for the 2010 Pontiac G8 ST chosen

After 18,000 people wrote to GM during the “Tame the Name” promotion, GM has finally chosen a production name for the Pontiac G8 ST, and the winner is...G8 ST. GM decided to scrap all the entrants ideas and stick with the initial decision, with ST standing for ’Sport Truck’. "’G8 ST’ was one of the most popular suggestions, plus we noticed a far broader trend toward simple, easy-to-remember names," said Craig Bierley, GM’s BPG product marketing director for cars and cars and crossovers.

GM even toyed with the idea of naming it after the infamous El Camino. “We actually thought very long about El Camino,” said Bierley. “In the end, we felt it was more appropriate to honor the El Camino’s unique place as part of Chevy’s heritage and not use that nameplate on a Pontiac.”

The G8 ST will fill a niche that GM hopes U.S. consumers will embrace: a truck that handles, drives and looks like a sports sedan. Pontiac is still sticking with the 361 hp V-8 as the only engine, sending the G8 ST from 0-60 mph in 5.4 sec. Not too bad for a truck offering a 73.9-in. cargo bed with 42.7 cu ft of cargo space. The tradeoff is the G8 ST’s small 1000 pound payload and 3500 lb towing capacity. That isn’t exactly Silverado territory, but then again no Silverado besides the hybrid comes close to the V-8 G8 sedan’s estimated 15/24 mpg city/highway.

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Pontiac G8 GXP Spy Shots

Pontiac G8 GXP Spy Shots

Pontiac unveiled the G8 SXP sports sedan earlier this year at the New York Auto Show. The company announced that sales will begin around the end of 2008 as a 2009 model. Here’s now a few spy shots of the pre-production G8 GXP.

The G8 GXP is powered by a 6.2L LS3 small-block V-8, currently rated at 402 hp and 402 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine is the newest member of GM’s small-block V-8 family. It features a revised, larger-bore cylinder block, high-flow, L92-style cylinder heads; larger-diameter pistons; unique camshaft and camshaft timing; revised valvetrain with offset intake rocker arms; high-flow intake manifold; and high-flow fuel injectors.

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Pontiac G8 Sport Truck will get V6 engine

Pontiac G8 Sport Truck will get V6 engine

Pontiac unveiled at the New York Auto Show the G8 sport truck. Back then the company announced that the production version will be powered by the same 361-hp 6.0L V8 power plant that is found in the Pontiac G8 GT.

But since then gas price went crazy! And a V8 engine might not be the best choice. So, Pontiac decided to put a V6 engine under the hood of the future G8 ST (or El Camino, or what ever the name will be!).

This would be the same 3.6L 256-hp V6 found in the G8 V6 sedan, and would have the same 17/25 mpg fuel economy as the V6 sedan.

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GM will increase pricing for the 2009 G8 GT

GM will increase pricing for the 2009 G8 GT

Until recently the Pontiac G8 GT was "fastest car under $30 grand". We say "was" because today GM announced will be raising the base GT sticker price $1,365.00 to $31,365.00.

All 2009 G8’s will come standard with XM Radio and eventually Bluetooth connectivity; both options deeply missed on the 2008 model. The G8 V6 base price will remain at $27,995.00.

The G8 GT is powered by a 361 hp 6.0L V-8 engine.

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Pontiac G8 by APS

Pontiac G8 by APS

With over 25 years of turbo tuning experience, APS unveiled its latest masterpiece: the 557 hp Pontiac G8. Featuring the 6.0 liter V8 engine, the vehicle received an intercooled twin turbo system mounted cleverly under the chassis in order to move the heat from the engine. With over 590 Nm of torque, the car is capable to sprint from 0-100 km/h in less than 5 seconds while the top speed is of 300+ km/h. APS announced that owners of VXR8s and HSV Clubsport R8s are also welcomed at APS in order to see how much further their car can get.

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Pontiac G8 GXP Coupe in the next three years

Pontiac G8 GXP Coupe in the next three years

Remember the Holden Coupe 60 Concept unveiled at the end of February? Pontiac wants to put it into reality and as as result in the next three years we will see a production version of it. The future model wil be a GXP Coupe version of the current G8 and will compete with the future Camaro SS, Ford Shelby Mustang GT500KR and Dodge Challenger SRT8.

The G8 GXP Coupe will be powered by a 402-horsepower LS3 6.2-liter V8 (same used in the G8 GXP sedan). The G8 Coupe GXP won’t be a true hardtop like the Holden Coupe 60 Concept. Like the Camaro and Challenger it will grow a B-pillar and fixed rear side glass in production trim.

It will feature the GXP sedan’s 19-inch wheels, 245/40ZR19-spec summer tires and a version of the GXP’s aggressive front fascia. That rolling gear would be attached to the sedan’s stiff FE3 suspension and, like the sedan, the GXP coupe would offer an optional Tremec six-speed manual transmission.

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GM reveals crazy/viral Pontiac G8 commercial

Looks like Pontiac is taking things seriously in its latest ad. By comparing the Pontiac G8 with Bmw 5-Series, the American manufacturer puts the German vehicle in a bad light in front of millions of people. The 5.3 liter V8 engine of the Pontiac transforms it in a cool ride while the Bmw is seen as a ride for old and dum people.

Honestly this is a crazy ad…the American manufacturer take risks with this video and let’s hope it will not backfire at them, at least they show they have the sense of humor, at least that the way we decided to see it.

Now all we have to do is to wait for Bmw’s answer...

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Road&Track reveals Top 5 Most Comfortable Cars In America

Road&Track revealed today the Top 5 Most Comfortable Cars In America. Ford’s luxury division, Lincoln, received the first place with its MKS.

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This week in brief

Here are the most important news of the week:

2009 Pontiac G8 GXP
2009 Pontiac Solstice Coupe
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2009 Acura TSX
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2009 Nissan Maxima
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2008 Scion Hako Coupe Concept
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2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
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2009 Dodge Challenger
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2008 Kia Koup Concept
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2009 Kia Optima
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Mazda2 - World Car of the Year
Saleen S5S Raptor
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Suzuki Kizashi 3
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Will the Pontiac G8 Ute (Sport Truck) Bomb in the Showroom?

Will the Pontiac G8 Ute (Sport Truck) Bomb in the Showroom?

Amid the hoopla of the New York Auto Show and GM’s preview of the upcoming Pontiac version of the Holden ute produced in Australia – what we’d call the El Camino of today – comes a dissenting opinion, presented by one Peter M. DeLorenzo, the voice of AutoExtremist.com.

DeLorenzo thinks the things going to bomb.

DeLorenzo’s opinions are never equivocal, though his crystal ball sometimes needs Windex. After all, it was Lorenzo who said that the next Corvette was a sure thing for 2012 and would be mid-engine.

On the ute, his point is that the sport truck doesn’t fit into either the Pontiac line-up or the professed image of Pontiac for, as Bob Lutz put it in New York, “seductive performance.”

In fact, DeLorenzo doesn’t believe there’s any market for such a truck, under any nameplate. And then he asks why Pontiac doesn’t, instead, seek to exploit those of its model names that still have meaning, such as GTO and Trans-Am.

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2008 Pontiac G8 GT Dyno test results

2008 Pontiac G8 GT Dyno test results

A curious owner has performed a dyno test on his new brand new Pontiac G8 which has clocked only 30 miles. Its become a common habit for owners to put their new sports cars through the test and verify how far the power output claims made by their makers are true.

The 6.0-liter V8 engine produces 361 horsepower as per the claims Pontiac makes. Two runs were made on the dyno and the readings obtained were 286.62 and 310.37 horse power respectively, the maximum value deviating 50 hp from the manufacturer’s claim. The results were spot on as the 50 hp difference accounts for transmission losses. Usually, the power measured at the wheels is about 15% lesser when compared to the power measured at the crankshaft making the claim valid and accurate.

Dynojet dyno was used to calculate the power output and torque values.

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2008 Pontiac G8 sport truck

2008 Pontiac G8 sport truck

At the New York Auto Show, next to the G8 GXP, Pontiac will also display the sport truck version of the G8. Based on the all-new Pontiac G8 performance sedan, the newest member of the G8 family has a longer wheelbase and a cargo bed suitable for either work or recreation. The G8 sport truck significantly stretches Pontiac’s commitment to style and performance and is expected to arrive in dealers’ showrooms in late 2009.

The sport truck draws its strength from the same powerful 6.0L V-8 engine used in the G8 GT. It puts out 361 hp and 385 lb.-ft. of torque. The combination of a six-speed automatic transmission and Active Fuel Management technology provides both car-like fuel economy and an unexpected 0-to-60 time of 5.4 seconds.

The G8 sport truck is based on the same rear-wheel-drive architecture as the G8 performance sedan. However, the sport truck’s body structure was reinforced in key areas to support its cargo and towing duties. More than 60 new components were added to strengthen the structure. Compared to the sedan, the 118.5-inch (3,009 mm) wheelbase is approximately four inches longer and the overall length is six inches longer.

Check out the pre-release video from pickuptruck.com


Press release after the jump.

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2009 Pontiac G8 GXP

2009 Pontiac G8 GXP

Pontiac will unveil at the New York Auto Show the 2009 G8 GXP, a new high-performance sedan that will Solstice, G6 and Torrent GXP models in Pontiac dealerships in late 2008.

The G8 GXP is powered by a 6.2L LS3 small-block V-8, currently rated at 402 hp and 402 lb.-ft. of torque pending final SAE certification. This engine is the newest member of GM’s small-block V-8 family. It features a revised, larger-bore cylinder block, high-flow, L92-style cylinder heads; larger-diameter pistons; unique camshaft and camshaft timing; revised valvetrain with offset intake rocker arms; high-flow intake manifold; and high-flow fuel injectors.

Pending final testing, the G8 GXP is expected to deliver 0-to-60 mph performance of about 4.7 seconds, and a quarter-mile time of 13.0 seconds at 108 mph.

The G8 GXP rides on the G8’s 114.8-inch (2915 mm) wheelbase with wide front ( 62.7 inches / 1,592 mm) and rear ( 63.3 inches / 1,608 mm) tracks. The four-wheel independent suspension is fully adjustable and is tuned for the highest performance in the G8 family. The GXP’s ride and handling was developed and validated on racetracks and highways around the world, including the famed Nuremberg Ring. It rewards the driver with sharp, immediate responses, as well as a well-balanced road feel during spirited driving.

While we wait to drive it for ourselves, check out what TopGear had to say about the Vauxhaul VXR8, the G8 GXP clone for the European Market:

UPDATE 12/18/2008: Pontiac today announced pricing on the 2009 G8 GXP Sport sedan. The car will go on sale in February 2009 and the pricing will start from $39,995, including $685 destination and freight charges and $1,700 in applicable federal gas guzzler taxes. A 6-speed manual is available for an extra $695. A sunroof is optional with a price-tag of $900.

Press release after the jump.

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2008 Pontiac G8 test drive

2008 Pontiac G8 test drive

The brand new 2008 Pontiac G8 is a lovely car with tons of power, respectively 361 BHP for the 6 liter V8 and 256 BHP for the 3.5 liter V6. To enjoy and control all this power the G8 is putting at your disposal all the modern features you would only expect in a German sedan: multi-link suspension, ventilated disk brakes and rear wheel drive propulsion.

Priced at $33k for the loaded V8 model, this new Pontiac G8 cannot be ignored, that’s why we went all the way to San Diego to test it for ourselves. (full road test after after the jump)

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Pontiac G8 first contact..with the V8

Pontiac G8 first contact..with the V8

Here are a couple of pictures of the Pontiac G8 V6 and V8 next to each other, apparently very similar, only the back taillight, tailpipe and door handle are different. So far we have driven the V8 for a few minutes on the highway. The right is very comfy and the cheer power of the V8 is really fun. But the gearbox is a bit sluggish, slow to change gears and spoil the fun but we’ll tell you more after a few more miles...

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Pontiac G8 ... First impressions from the passenger seat

Pontiac G8 ... First impressions from the passenger seat


I just got picked up at the San Diego airport by the new Pontiac G8, on my way to the hotel, waiting for tomorrow morning test drive. The first impression from the passenger seat are very positive. Driving around San Diego downtown was very comfortable, with the right amount of feedback from the road an the engine. Inside it feels like a proper sport sedan as well. So far, the G8 feels very docile while driven in the city, come back tomorrow for a much more detailed article.


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Pontiac G8 reviewed...

Pontiac G8 reviewed...

TopSpeed.com will be driving the 2008 Pontiac G8 at the end of the week, but for the impatient Pontiac lovers, Popular Mechanic already had their chance to try to new 361 horsepowered Pontiac G8. The first driving impression are very positive, PM love the new G8 driving sensation thanks to sharp steering and the four-link rear suspensions. Of course the bargain takes its tool on some average interior styling but that should not turn off Pontiac buyers looking for a 360 horsepower bargain.

After reading the review we can’t wait to drive the car in the twisty California roads... Stay tuned

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Pontiac G8 Test Drive coming up...

We just received a call from Pontiac to invite us for a test drive of their new Pontiac G8, "The most powerful car available in the U.S. for under $30,000" as they claim. TopSpeed.com will have chance to verify those allegation from the testing location and bring you the first driving impression, live! on February 28/29. Save the date.

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Pontiac G8 ST will be unveiled in New York

Pontiac G8 ST will be unveiled in New York

General Motors will unveil at the New York Auto Show the production Pontiac G8 ST (Sport Truck), based on Holden’s VE Ute. Also the GMC ‘Crewman’ Ute concept will be unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show early next month.

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GM head of marketing leaked info on new Baby Hummer, Cadillac and ElCamino!

GM head of marketing leaked info on new Baby Hummer, Cadillac and ElCamino!

We met with Mark LaNeve on monday night at a diner organized by GM to promote their new concepts at the Detroit Auto Show. Mark confirmed the upcoming reveal of a small Hummer truck, a small Cadillac and a G8 based pick up. The first two vehicle will certainly be very close to the Hummer HX and CTS coupe jsut unveiled in Detroit earlier this week. It is just strange that the HX concept it so close to the hummer H3T concept from 2004, moreover we have the feeling that the new Hummer will not be a pickup only version. About the Cadillac, the 2 door concept pave the way for smaller Cadillac vehicle. Let’s just hope the smaller Cadi will not be a Malibu re-badged! God knows how much GM think the Malibu is the next best thing after their Volt concept of course.

about the G8 pickup, we already know what it will look like, as Holden, who build the G8, already have car pickup in their lineup. LaNeve just said that he is looking for a good name, anything aside of ’ElCamino’!

Wanna help Mark? Submit your baby names for the baby Cadillac and the G8 pickup. My personal take: Cadillac CTA and Pontiac Trucko!

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Pontiac G8 Exports Underway to USA

Pontiac G8 Exports Underway to USA

GM Holden added another vehicle to its growing export program today with the announcement that full production of the Pontiac G8 for the US market was now underway. The introduction of the Pontiac G8 represents a significant milestone for GM Holden as it brings the mix of vehicles produced at the Elizabeth manufacturing plant in Adelaide to a 50-50 split of export and domestic production.

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2007 Pontiac G8 - 50 Cent/Unique Automotive Edition

2007 Pontiac G8 - 50 Cent/Unique Automotive Edition

With lyrics that don’t pull punches and themes that are brutally honest, rapper 50 Cent (a.k.a. Curtis Jackson) has risen to the top of the hip hop scene. He’s also a passionate car enthusiast with a penchant for Pontiacs – his video for the song “Amusement Park” featured the G6 GXP and G8 concept cars.

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2007 Pontiac Solstice SD-290

2007 Pontiac Solstice SD-290

Designed to evoke the emotions of classic sports cars, the Pontiac Solstice SD-290 race concept captures the purposeful design of vintage racecars. The design is dramatic, featuring a passenger cockpit tonneau cover and a driver windscreen, creating a pure racecar that looks ready to take the checkered flag even while sitting on the starting grid.

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2008 Pontiac G8 GT SEMA Edition

2008 Pontiac G8 GT SEMA Edition

Designed for enthusiasts who are passionate about performance, the all-new Pontiac G8 performance sedan – arriving at dealerships in early 2008 – is the first North American application of GM’s new global rear-wheel-drive architecture. The V8-powered G8 GT SEMA Edition was displayed at the ’07 SEMA Show with a host of tuner-inspired custom touches, including a hot orange paint scheme with matching leather seat inserts, door panels and instrument panel pad.

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Pontiac G8 Wagon?

Pontiac G8 Wagon?

One of the stars at this week’s Australian International Motor Show in Sydney is the station wagon version of the Holdon Commodore, which Holden calls the Sportwagon. It is built on the same wheelbase as the sedan and is quite sporty in appearance. It will be offered with the same powertrain choices as the sedan, which includes a 6 liter V-8 of 361 hp. It’s pegged as being about four inches shorter than a Dodge Magnum and two inches lower.
Insiders expect the wagon to make it to the (...)

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Buick Enclave Urban CEO Edition 50 Cent's G8 coming at SEMA

Buick Enclave Urban CEO Edition 50 Cent’s G8 coming at SEMA

As you know, SEMA is all about customized cars and crazy concept. Or, at least for General Motors. This year the company will unveil three customized Buicks and one customized Pontiac G8. So far...

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2008 Pontiac G8 pricing announced

2008 Pontiac G8 pricing announced

Pontiac today announced the MSRP for the 2008 G8 performance sedan. It will go on sale in early 2008 at a price of $27,595 for the G8 and $29,995 for the G8 GT.

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2008 Pontiac G8 Prototypes

2008 Pontiac G8 Prototypes

Holden revealed today the first Pontiac G8 engineering prototypes. The G8 will be available in Pontiac dealerships in the United States in early 2008. Production for G8 will begin in late 2007, with a capacity of 620 cars per day.

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2008 Pontiac G8 GT priced under $35K

2008 Pontiac G8 GT priced under $35K

After Pontiac unveiled the 2008 G8 at Geneva Motor Show there were rumors about Gt version coming in 2008. The G8 GT based on GM’s all new RWD architecture and is a close sister to that of the Holden Commodore. The GM Source reports that the G8 GT will be priced under $35.000: "According to our sources the 2008 Pontiac G8 GT is expected to come in under $35,000 msrp."
The G8 GT will be powered by GM’s small block 6.0l V8 that has a maximum output of 362hp and a peak torque of 391 (...)

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

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.

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Holden confirm G8 export

Holden confirm G8 export

Holden confirmed North America as the VE Commodore’s first port of call on an export world tour that will include the Middle East, South Africa and China, first revealed by drive.com.au yesterday.
Holden boss Denny Mooney announced North American export plans for the Australian-made VE Commodore as part of a deal with General Motors’ Pontiac brand that is said to be worth as much as $1 billion annually to Australia’s largest automotive manufacturer.
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2008 Pontiac G8 Station Wagon coming soon

2008 Pontiac G8 Station Wagon coming soon

Pontiac just unveil the G8 sedan at Chicago Auto Show and there are allready rumors that a station wagon version is soon to be launched.
The base G8 model receives a 3.6L DOHC V-6 with variable valve timing, rated at 261 horsepower (194 kW). It is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode.

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Pontiac G8 built on GM's new global RWD architecture

Pontiac G8 built on GM’s new global RWD architecture

The 2008 Pontiac G8 performance sedan is built on GM’s new, global rear-wheel-drive architecture. With the input of Pontiac and GM North America, the G8 was developed in Australia, under the direction of Holden’s engineering department.
Taking advantage of GM’s global centers of engineering expertise, a series of vehicle architectures are being developed that can be easily adapted to the unique vehicle requirements of various regions. For example, global truck architectures are being (...)

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2008 Pontiac G8

2008 Pontiac G8

Confirming its commitment to style and performance, Pontiac introduced a show car version of an all-new, rear-wheel-drive performance sedan at the Chicago Auto Show. The 2008 Pontiac G8 will be available in dealerships early next year.

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Pontiac G8 allmost revealed

Pontiac G8 allmost revealed

Yesterday we brought you a few images "spied" by the web cams from Chicago Auto Show. Today the new G8 is getting even closer by being unveiled with parts of the official images from Pontiac.
Pontiac G8 will be based on the Holden Commodore VE SS and will be priced at $25.000.

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Pontiac G8 - first shots from Chicago

Pontiac G8 - first shots from Chicago

At Chicago Auto Show, Pontiac will unveil the G8, a model based on the Holden Commodore VE SS that will replace the Pontiac Grand Prix. But before the official photos from Pontiac, a guy from G8 Board, caught the G8 on the web cams from Chicago.
The G8 comes from the same global Zeta development program as the Chevrolet Camaro sports coupe and convertible, which Oshawa will begin building in late 2008 or early (...)

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Saturn Astra And Pontiac G8 to debut at 2007 Chicago Auto Show

Saturn Astra And Pontiac G8 to debut at 2007 Chicago Auto Show

General Motors will introduce the all-new 2008 Saturn Astra and 2008 Pontiac G8 at the Chicago Auto Show next week, building on the momentum of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit – where the Saturn Aura captured the North American Car of the Year award and the Chevrolet Silverado claimed the North American Truck of the Year award.
Saturn continues its product revitalization with the new Astra compact car, along with the 2008 Vue Red Line and Vue Green Line hybrid. The (...)

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Pontiac G8 Sneak Peek

Pontiac G8 Sneak Peek

As previous reported, Pontiac will unveil the G8 sedan at Chicago Auto Show. And now, while Rick Wagoner was showing the Pontiac design studio to Gibson he lifts the cover off the front end of the sedan that will replace thePontiac Grand Prix.
The G8 comes from the same global Zeta development program as the Chevrolet Camaro sports coupe and convertible, which Oshawa will begin building in late 2008 or early (...)

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Pontiac G8 to debut at Chicago Auto Show

Pontiac G8 to debut at Chicago Auto Show

By the end of this year or in early 2008, Pontiac will add a rear-wheel-drive sport sedan to its lineup. The new model will be called G8 and will be based on the Holden Commodore VE SS and will come to replae the Pontiac Grand Prix. It will debut in February at the Chicago Auto Show.
The G8 comes from the same global Zeta development program as the Chevrolet Camaro sports coupe and convertible, which Oshawa will begin building in late 2008 or early 2009.
The top Commodore model features a (...)

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