On the eve of what could be the revival of GM's "Excitement" division, it comes to light that the new Pontiac G8 will make the trek from Down Under sans stick. For whatever reason, General Motors has decided to offer the G8 – one of its sportiest and most potentially enthusiast-pleasing models – with only an automatic at launch. Granted, it's the General's six-speed slushbox with paddle shifters, but for those of you who prefer to row your own and have a down payment in hand, you'll have to wait until late 2008.

So you say to yourself, "Self, I'd prefer the 256 hp, 3.6-liter V6 in the base model. It'll save some weight and Chevron can only extort so much from me when I hit the pump." Wrong again. The base model will also come with same 6T70 six-speed auto, although the same motor mounted in the new Cadillac CTS has an available manual option. Befuddled? We are too.

[UPDATE: Yeah, this is old and it was late when we wrote it. Our apologies.]

[Source: Inside Line]