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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]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Typical GM. Why can't they offer the full line of options from the get-go? Same thing with the CTS, it had an old V6 at launch, a year and a half later, it got the better V6 because "it wasn't ready" WTF? Arguably the most important Cadillac in the last 10 years, and it launches with the same engine you can get in a Chevy? Atrocious.

      And GM wonders why generations of Americans have never owned, much less ridden in, a GM product. I think a lot of kids today think GM only makes cars for rental companies. That might be a useful strategy down the road.

      And when the manual finally arrives for the V8 G8 GT, or whatever scrabblicious name the car has, I bet it will have that 1-4 lockout like the GTO came with.

      Those guys down at the Tubes better smarten up fast. I bet if there had been a convertible G8, it would launch another 2 years later! Like the G6 GT V6! Or is it V6 G6 GT? Or GT V6 GT? Whatever....
        • 7 Years Ago
        the CTS never had an engine from a Chevy. People who crack on GM never seem to be able to get a handle on the facts. The CTS had a German designed 3.2L V6 that was an evolution of the Catera's engine. It was DOHC and had decent power for that time. The 3.6L DOHC V6 was not in production when the CTS came out and that engine was for far more vehicles than the CTS.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The reason no manual is because a twin clutch 6-8 speed transmission will probably make its way into this platform globally in the next 2-3 years.... manual transmissions will always be the purists choice, but this option will become increasingly absent. Personally, i'd be more comfortable purchasing a used manual tranny car then a comprable used direct-shift vehicle for fear of mishap.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Besides the fact that the article is misleading, I can't understand the outrage. So GM won't be offering a stick for a while. Big F'ing deal. The fact is that the VAST majority of people that are going to buy this car want an automatic. Manual transmissions are slowly fading from the market because the demand isn't there.

      Now I agree that this car should be offered with one. Any sports car or truly sport minded sedan should have the option. However I do see the day when stick shifts go extinct. At the very least I think we're going to see the end of the clutch in 20 years or less.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's already been stated over and over this car would not be available with a manual transmission right out of the gate and that it will be offered later.

      It's coming late in the model year or for 2009. An insider on one of the forums also confirmed there will be a G8 GXP packing the LS3 as well.

      Good things come to those who wait.

      • 7 Years Ago
      QQ more dude... you couldn't find anything else to post so you had to whine about something that anyone paying attention has been aware of since January.
      • 7 Years Ago
      LOL
      • 7 Years Ago
      yeah, I freaked, it should have said "initially". BUT, will the V6 be available with the stick?
      Ben K.
      • 7 Years Ago
      When i went to shop for a GTO in late 04 the majority were 6 speed manuals and nobody wanted them. I wanted an automatic. I had a 94 Firebird LT1 and 98 LS1 both with a 6 speed. My 02 Firebird Formula had the automatic which I actually prefered. Why bother building 2,000 manuals for the G8? The CTSV didn't sell that well because the mandatory 6 speed manual was required. A sport sedan with a great six speed auto is the best choice for performance and economy.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Apparently Autoblog writers don't even read AutoBlog.

      From AUTOBLOG, Feb 7th, 2007:
      "The 6.0L V8 with 362 horsepower lurking under its hood is the standard engine that will be found in the G8 GT production car. At launch, it'll be connected to a six-speed automatic, but if you want to row through those gears yourself, a six-speed manual will follow shortly thereafter (all together now...."YEAH!"). "

      Link
      http://www.autoblog.com/2007/02/07/introducing-the-pontiac-g8/

      Awesome "Scoop"!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      The V6 comes with a 5 speed auto and it is not direct injection. So says the pontiac website.
      • 7 Years Ago
      At the full-line General Motors press event a few weeks ago I heard from a GM engineer's mouth that a manual was coming later in the year. This was not a surprise to anyone at the event. Old news.
      • 7 Years Ago
      i'm all for manuals, but when you think about it, its kind of ridiculous. GM anticipates about 2-4% of cts sales being manuals... do you really think any car company would add any other feature that only appeals to 2-4% of the market? i doubt it... otherwise we'd have more deisels here
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