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Jeremy Clarkson and Top Gear crew aren't the only car show on British television. In fact Top Gear was canceled by the BBC and the producers relaunched it as Fifth Gear before the Beeb eventually revived Top Gear as well. Fifth Gear is still around and they recently got a chance to spend some quality time on a race track with the Vauxhall VXR8.

If that car looks familiar, it's because we saw a lower-end version sporting a Pontiac grille at the Chicago Auto Show as the new G8. Fifth Gear spent a lot of time getting seriously sideways in the 414hp VXR8 and even got to do a top speed run. For a preview of what G8 buyers can expect whenever GM gets around to doing the all-but-inevitable GXP version, check out the video after the jump.

[Sources: YouTube, Fifth Gear]





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      • 7 Years Ago
      I HEART VICKY!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Lol...F451, way to be an ass because somebody disagreed with you. Most people use realtors to look at houses, btw. Lawyers dont use the MLS either..Chill
        • 7 Years Ago
        using a lawyer only to buy a house is like using a lawyer only to cure syphilis. good luck with that....

        i love this car but i'm just not sure if i'm ready to buy a "pontiac". you see, in california, the only people who drive pontiacs are rhys millen and tourists who rent from Avis.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I AM A DIE HARD PONTIAC FAN. ALL I CAN SAY IS, I CAN'T WAIT TO GET ONE OF THESE. FREAKIN AWESOME CAR!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Top Gear magazine just ran a comparison between this car, the Chrysler SRT-8 and a 4.2L Audi. The VXR8 won handily. Stig also ran the fastest lap in it.

      Next year this car will recieve the LS3, and the same hood scoops as the G8. It's looking increasingly likely it will be sold through Pontiac as the G8 GXP.

      Can't wait.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Two hot rides! A good looking woman in a a hot car driving the a$$ off of it... nothing better. That and she loves the car. C'mon G8!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      There's nothing wrong with the look of that car. Pontiac will ruin it with their styling elements.
      • 7 Years Ago
      pontaic g8 is a shoe in for car of the year
        • 7 Years Ago
        i concure wholeheartedly.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Can't watch the video at work, what did they say?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Really a bargain. Just cannot wait until it hits american roads. :) OR simply buy a used GTO 6.0Litre even better bargain considering the depreciation. Its a mystery why the GTO wasnt a success. I love that car and this one too...!
        • 7 Years Ago
        The 5.7 GTO did not have an equalized exhaust system.
        don't remember (don't care) if the 6.0 GTO got that, in addition to the 'stereo' exhaust pipes vs. the dual on one side.
        Also the rear suspension of the GTO was/is less sophisticated than the rear suspension of the '06+ Honda civic, and that is front wheel drive.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If Pontiac would sell this exact same car in America (the 400+ horses sound like a good idea) it would sell pretty well, In my opinion: I would buy it if I had the money.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Mazda 6? What drugs are you on?

        The new VE Commodore wagon has a lot of Mazda 6 in the arse end, but the sedan looks nothing like a 6. Decklid is too high, taillights are not clear or ovoid in shape, a lot more squared off corners, number plate is much higher... so not much in common there at all.

        • 7 Years Ago
        I dont like the look of that car. The back is just such an ugly Mazda 6 wannabe.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Racer- Back here, If your truck is a GMC, your car's probably a Pontiac, and some Guy named Rex has sold cars to your whole family for 2 decades. Then again, we're a little biased, too.
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