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The folks over at Kicking Tires had no intention of running into a red prototype Pontiac G8, but when they saw it, they whipped out the camera phones and did a great job with the limited tools at hand. The result is a pre-production look at one of the most anticipated vehicles for the 2009 model year. You can see from the pic that the silver Pontiac logo from the Chicago show is still present on this tester (we like it a lot), and as it turns out, on the right vehicle, the classic Pontiac grille looks quite nice on the right product. We'd agree with the Kicking Tires crew that the G8 looks better in red than it did in its showcar charcoal.

We've heard a lot about the Zeta platform over the past year or two, and the G8 is likely to be the first example of GM's flexible RWD platform here in the States. After driving the Holden Commodore down under, we're more primed than ever when the G8 finally hits production at the end of the year.

Kicking Tires got three pictures of the G8, and you can check them out here. Our shots of the G8 at the Chicago show are below.



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      • 8 Years Ago
      EVERYONE JUST REMEMBER .... This is pretty much a quickie nose job from an overseas GM division, meant to give Pontiac some life, until a US styled car can be produced. (If they decide to make the investment)

      GM's mentality will insist they bring in V6 cars with the cloth interior, so they can claim a lower price point in ads -- but my guess is that the loaded V8s will go out the door much faster. The Grand Prix overlaps the six. Wagner and Lutz should put their collective foot down and start with all V8s for the first 3 months or more.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Red looks good. Silver logo looks great.

      But if the interior is going to be butchered by the bean counters, I won't want one.
      • 8 Years Ago
      ' I think my 3-series now has a valid reason to be seriously nervious about its garage space. Love the color.
      '

      I thought I was the only one with a 3 series and a Grand Prix in the garage.



      'ITs like a movie critic. Do I listen to them? No.'

      Why not? Film reviews can be some of the funniest articles you'll ever read.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The interior will be as is photographs..
      • 8 Years Ago
      Kudos to Bob Lutz and the designers at GM. Outstanding work, people!!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ummm... the V6 variant of the G8 will NOT be competing with the Grand Prix, since that vehicle dies later this summer (unless there are leftovers on Pontiac dealer lots next February when the G8 begins to show up).

      All of the BS about the G8 being produced at Oshawa is pure speculation. Denny Mooney, Holden's American president, has indicated that the assembly agreement for the G8 is for the expected 5-6 more years of lifetime of the platform.

      G8 replaces the Bonneville and Grand Prix.
      The eventual G6 replacement (not until 2011-2012 or later) will likely be RWD and share a platform with Caddy and Holden (and maybe Opel and Saturn, argh!). No V8s in that one, think turbo 4's and some 6's... It's not decided yet where the "homeroom" for this small-to-midsize RWD platform will be, as Holden and Caddy engineers are both relevant to the process (and Holden is kinda busy with the Camaro and other large RWD engineering projects)...
      • 8 Years Ago
      From Edmunds' Road Test,

      "With only a hint of body roll, it pulled off a run through the slalom at 67.6 mph. That's a few ticks faster than the 2007 Infiniti G35 Sport and 2006 BMW 330i, although slower than BMW's killer 335i. It was much the same story on the skid pad, where our Commodore SS's run at 0.87g nearly matched the 335i's effort of 0.88g."

      The car is as good handler as it is a straight line racer. It's easily going to be one of the best cars you can buy for the money.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Not sure. I liked the charcoal better (ideally black).

      This red reminds me of the "old" Pontiac too much - which isn't a good thing =(
      • 8 Years Ago
      Me likey. I wonder how the V6 model will do. Is this thing at all lighter than the LX's?
      As for the logo, that would be a really slick, subtle way to differentiate special models. VW was doing that with different colors in the labels, like a black, green or red "i" in TDi.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "

      Bob-o, The commodore is the same car. Change the front bumper cover and the name plates on the trunk, and it is a Holden Commodore SS-V."

      Yes, and that iteration is much more understated than this whole Pontiac nostril business. Same goes for the failed GTO.
      Bryan
      • 8 Years Ago
      They should have let the real Pontiac logo stay. This one is boring. Why do people think things need to change so much? Do they think by leaving the color out of the logo people will forget about the old Pontiacs? Not saying I dont like some Pontiacs, but thats absurd if they think that and ridiculous to change it. The car is ok. I still think the early 90's Grand Prixs were the best looking.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Aussie's can't however, 30,000-50,000 units won't be half enough supply"

      A lot of the units being produced in Australia are our base models the Omega not SS-V.
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