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Tuesday's post on the rumored sub-$35K price for the upcoming Pontiac G8 GT drew plenty of interest from readers, and if our completely unscientific poll is any indication, should the car come in at or below that price, Pontiac will have your attention. After tallying up 2,500+ votes, 63% of you said that yes, the checkbook would be broken out if that number is the real deal. And from the looks of things, a G8 GT for $35,000 is going to happen, as Pontiac's reps told us that the V8-powered car's pricing will indeed start "well under" that sum. Good news for those of you who've been waiting for a proper RWD American power sedan. It's been a while, but you'll get your wish, and parking one outside your house shouldn't break the bank (as long as the dealers don't go into full gank mode upon release, which is always a possibility).



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Yes, this car will offer a choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic.

      And Gunnar, you need to look quite a bit deeper into the G8. It's not related in any way to any other Pontiac, or any US GM car. It's a Holden Commodore and it is an extremely good car.

      http://www.holden.com.au/www-holden/action/modeloverview?modelid=4006

      http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Drives/FullTests/articleId=120615/pageId=123000#2

      The equivalent "premium brand car", like the BMW 550i costs nearly twice as much. There's something to be said for that.

      Some of us will not buy a small, V6, FWD car when we can have a larger, V8, RWD car with exciting driving dynamics and performance.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The G8 isn't for me, but I like it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Thank you for mentioning that this is an "unscientific" poll. What that means is it has no empirical value whatsoever, e.g., its margin of error is sky high. No meaningful conclusions can be drawn from the numbers.

      That's zip. None. For entertainment value only.
      • 7 Years Ago
      A G8 GT red exterior, red interior loaded with a six speed manual WILL be in my garage.

      The Aussies already have aftermarket parts available....can't wait!
      • 7 Years Ago
      There is a huge difference between buying a car for it's brand prestige, versus valuing a particular brand more highly than another. Pontiac has been rudderless and inept. Now they bring over an Australian car with no connection to American Pontiacs of past or present. That's not what the automobile industry should be like.

      BMW, Mercedes, etc... they don't have that kind of turmoil and inconsistency. Their cars evolve and develop; they aren't just some new-fangled appliance. I'd rather have a used 5-series than a new G8, because the BMW is more than the sum of its parts.

      If the G8 delivers enough performance and features for the price, it will sell OK. But it won't be a huge hit even at 'well under' 35K to start.
      • 7 Years Ago
      from this....
      http://www.holden.com.au/pdf/chooseavehicle/techdata/GM_Holden_fuel_economy_VE.pdf

      I'd assume the SS is the v8 for under $35K, as that is the lowest priced v8 model.

      14.3 liters / 100 km......that equals out to 16.5 miles per gallon. I'm not sure if that's highway, city, or mixed...but it's pretty crappy either way.
      • 7 Years Ago
      To all the haters...how is Pontiac ever supposed to up its brand image if it doesn't take a leap like this and offer something to play with the big boys?
      • 7 Years Ago
      This pricing along with the strong G8 product would go a long way to establishing Pontiac as an "everyman's" performance brand again and a viable alternative to the more expensive BMW's.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm pretty impressed with the interior shot, considering how everything GM usually has really unappealing interiors.

      If they can break the trend and make this thing handle well, I might even be interested, and thats saying a lot, since in the history of cars, there has never been a car by an american marque that has even remotely interested me.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Good news for those of you who've been waiting for a proper RWD American power sedan. It's been a while, but you'll get your wish" (Autoblog comment).

      Gee... a couple years ago a proper RWD American power sedan was released. In case you missed it, it was called the 300C, and it won MT's COTY, and made C/D's 10 best list. Not a year later, ANOTHER "proper RWD American power sedan" was released. It is called the Charger.

      About all of your bitching about the competition, of course there is competition!!! It's not like this car is going into the market in a completely new segment. It's going to be priced with other LARGE sedans (note: large sedans, not midsize). Guess which vehicles the G8 is not targeting. You got it: the G35, TL, IS350, 3-series, C-class, and many other mid-size sedans. The vehicles it will be competing against is the 300C, Charger, Impala, Taurus, 5-series, E-class, M45, GS350, Lucerne, and others. Besides the American vehicles out of that list, the G8 handily beats all of the other cars in price and possibly even performance.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have a 1999 VTII Commodore S 5 speed manual with 170,00km (105,000 miles) on the clock with no body rattle problems and it passed the annual roadworthyness test today withoyt needing anything done. The VE is a stronger built car than the VT so it will last even better. You have to remember that Australia is one of the toughest places in the world on cars and many a European or Japanese car has fallen apart while the locally build Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon just keep on going. American cars couldn't cope with what our outback roads will do to a car either except for the SUV type vehicles.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This car might have some power...but I'll bet anything that it would get its but kicked by most german sedans on any road or track.
      Pontiac = low budget sedans...not sports sedans.

      $35K for a Pontiac just seems idiotic.
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