• Sep 4th 2007 at 8:25AM
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GM loves to tease its American customers. While we patiently await the arrival of the Pontiac G8 GT, in Australia, multiple high-performance flavors of the VE Commodore its based on are available from HSV. In the UK, one of those cars, the HSV Clubsport R8, is offered as the Vauxhall VXR8.

With 412 horsepower (417 PS) and 405 lb-ft of torque on tap, one would think that the rebadged HSV would be sufficiently awesome for our former colonial overlords. One would also be incorrect. Carscoop reports the Brits will be offered a supercharger option that elevates power to a staggering 540 horses and adds 30-percent more torque (figure a new rating of 526 lb-ft or so). The non-supercharged VXR8 does 0-60 in 4.9 seconds, so you can expect the blown sedan to shave a few more tenths off that number while making expensive tires cry for their mothers. The cost of the kit is £6,995.

Please, General: Pontiac G8 GXP Supercharged, okay?

[Source: Carscoop]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow, thats some impressive numbers. Still its weird how many brands these cars go under. you have vauxhaul (GB), opel (rest of europe), Pontiac (US) and holden (AUS).. why on earth not sell under a single brand.
      • 8 Years Ago
      For me, the G8 front looks much better. But it's a very nice sedan!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Mark my words. This thing will be discontinued or replaced in 4-6 years. The G8 is a great looking car, and the numbers look good (engine wise) but its still a Pontiac. Yet another massive horsepower performance car from a no-class brand. Pontiac is on there way of building the brand with the likes of the G6 and Solstice, but they need more time to build the brand before anyone laysdown more then 34k+ for this (well under 35k.. we'll see). 34k+ is quite a bit of change for what they are asking for. Sure goes to tell you you can't buy class, not even for 34k.

      The reason why this will be discontinued is because GM will not make a dime on this thing. For the first few months it will be completely sold out. Then a couple months later it will be rare. Then 1 year later, it will be collecting up dust and water spots. The G8 looks like is appeals to a teenager thats hopped up on mountain dew. Sorry, most teenagers can't afford 34k, and guys who are going through a mid-life crisis won't go for this, they are going for the vette.

      For the masses, it looks way too cheesy for the likes of any luxury car (its sure priced like one) and even though it could beat most sedans in a 0-60 run, it has absolutely zero class. None, zip, nadda.

      Yeehaw! Come on Cletus, lets go get er done!
        • 8 Years Ago
        A Grande Chai Latte where I live costs less than $4 with tax included.

        • 8 Years Ago
        Some pos(t)ers don't have much class either. Go get a $7 chai latte and watch a polo match.
      • 8 Years Ago
      GM should just kill off or replace a brand with holden. dear god, that thing is a BEAST.
        • 8 Years Ago
        I completely agree, and Pontiac would be the ideal division to be axed, and replaced with Holden.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Agreed. They should rename Pontiac to Holden. Holden was way more class then the current Pontiac.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Man, the world is SOOOOOOO cruel. In the UK, gas costs what? nearly $6.00 a gallon? And they are offered these MEGA horsepower gas swilling road burners. In the US, emissions and/or safety regs conspire to keep these kinds of vehicles out the showroom...even though gas is (comparatively) dirt cheap.
      • 8 Years Ago
      LoL! i'm aussie and i tell you.. the pontiac G8 is based on the Holden VE commodore SS-V... this car is a HSV clubsport. HSV stands for Holden Special Vehicle which the vauxhall based on. which of course are 2 different cars:P www.holden.com.au - normal everyday holden - pontia
      www.hsv.com.au - performance cars - vauxhall
      so technically pontiac might still get a performance version of the V8 and btw... ur comparing the wrong front ends for the pontiac G8:P
      • 8 Years Ago
      The gto didn't sell very well in the u.s. I read that the vauxhall monaro sold out. Does anyone in the u.k. know how many were sold? I just was wondering if the monaro selling out is because not as many were attempted to be sold as the gto.
        • 8 Years Ago

        Check out this link for sales figures.


        • 8 Years Ago
        gto didnt do as well here mainly 'cause it cost too much by the time it got here.
        ALSO GM f'd with it when it got to the USA, by putting wider tires on it....well that made the tires rub on the strut towers= RECALL. .. as a result they put in smaller
        strut towers= TOOLS...way to screw handleing.
        love the GTO, wouldn't buy one from GM though. they screwed up the perfect car given to them.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Maybe I'm the only one, but I much prefer the front nose of the G8 (even with the twin kidney grill) to this holden. I'd like to see the lower air damn put on the G8 at somepoint, but overall, the two cars are so similar, if they were both sold on American soil, you all would be bitching that GM sells too many rebadged products. They are really not that different. Stop bitching.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Just remember the car you are looking at is a potential G8 GT, not a standard G8 and therefore it needs differentiation. Not to say you yankees wont get your weird BMW twin kidney grill obsession facelift plastered on, but its still a high performance model that can trade blows with the new M3 and M5 (but not win unfortunately.... but not by much I tells you!)
        • 8 Years Ago
        Global badge engineering is what makes this a Vauxhall VXR8 in GB, a Commodore in Oz, and a G8 in the US, all under different brands.

        Badge engineering in the US market, would be making this car into the Impala SS, G8 GT, Saturn *?*, and Buick Regal GS, and Cadillac ?TS, or something. All the same car, with different badges. That isn't happening. It definitely used to, but not with the G8, and GM doesn't do that as much as it used to as a whole.

        Putting the HSV front bumper on a G8 doesn't make it a different brand, and thus not badge-enginnered. It makes it an option package. It might make it a G8 GXP, though. (although that is a very clumsy and pathetic name for a nice car, and I, for one am getting tired of alpha-numeric names.)

        My point is, that if GM sold the HSV version of the Commodore in the US, it would not be a different nameplate than the G8, or competing with the G8 as a badge-engineered car.

        It would be part of the G8's lineup. They are the SAME car, not just similar cars. Maybe they would have some class and call an US-sold HSV Commodore as the "G8 Bonneville," and drop the GXP moniker for this model.

        But, if they sold the HSV version in the US, it would not be badge-engineered differently from the G8 we're already slated to get.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'd would love to see Holden here. But I'd also be happy if the G8 looked exactly like this. This thing is pretty sick looking.
      • 8 Years Ago
      GM got nearly $40k for the top-of-the-line Bonneville SSEi/GXP for years and years. It was a car that always sold well. There is no question the G8 is a better vehicle. They will have no problem selling loaded G8 GTs as well as base V6 models.

      It's also laughable to read comments regarding discontinuing a brand as if it is a piece of cake and a good business move. Do you guys have any idea how expensive and compelx that is, do you have any idea how franchise laws work in this country? It's obvious you don't. Holden isn't regarded at home any higher than Pontiac or Chevrolet is here.

      If you don't like the car, and you don't like Pontiac there certainly isn't anyone holding a gun to your head demanding you buy a G8. There are plenty of other cars out there but none can boast the combination of a roomy, well-trimmed interior, excellent driving dynamics, athletic design and muscle-car performance for the money.

      SSBR, the car pays for itself globally. It's sold in volume in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the Middle East. It will sell additional units in the US, Brazil and a few in the UK. The investment in the platform will also be spread out when US production begins on variants of it.

        • 8 Years Ago
        F451 good idea. GMC can be the truck/utes division. Chevy can be the average joe division and Cadillac can remain to be the luxury arm of GM. But don't forget about Saturn. Saturn is becoming a more mature and "upscaled" product. I think it could be a good replacement for Buick. Just get rid of the ION for Petes sake...
      • 8 Years Ago
      thats not a bad idea.
      oh no wait, I forgot the Chevy Mala-boo is a great car..!

      +1 for Holden take over of GM.
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