• Oct 30th 2007 at 1:53AM
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click image above for more pics of the Pontiac G8 SEMA Edition

Don't get us wrong, we're super excited about the Pontiac G8 entering production. There's little about this SEMA Edition of the Aussie-sourced rear-wheel-drive V8 sedan that adds to that excitement. It's basically a stock Pontiac G8 with a flashy orange paint job, orange accents inside and the same 20-inch wheels from the G8 concept. Pontiac says the GT SEMA Edition also includes a lowered sport suspension and upgraded brakes with drilled and slotted rotors. The main motivation is the same 6.0L V8 making 361 HP and 385 ft-lbs. of torque that will be found in the production car. That's a serious motor for sure, but for a SEMA car we would've liked something a little more exceptional.

[Source: Pontiac]



Designed for enthusiasts who are passionate about performance, the all-new Pontiac G8 performance sedan – arriving at dealerships in early 2008 – is the first North American application of GM's new global rear-wheel-drive architecture. The V8-powered G8 GT SEMA Edition was displayed at the '07 SEMA Show with a host of tuner-inspired custom touches, including a hot orange paint scheme with matching leather seat inserts, door panels and instrument panel pad.

Under the hood is the production 6.0L V-8, rated at 361 horsepower (268 kW) and 385 lb.-ft. of torque (520 Nm). A six-speed automatic transmission with Driver Shift Control backs the powerful small-block engine and complements a four-wheel independent suspension outfitted with unique 20-inch wheels and performance tires.

The G8 GT SEMA Edition car is equipped with production equipment that includes:

  • Standard ABS and traction control augmented by high-performance HSV brakes
  • Electronic stability control
  • Seat-mounted thorax air bags and dual-stage frontal air bags for front passengers, with automatic passenger sensing system
  • Roof rail side-impact air bags for both seating rows
  • OnStar with available Turn-by-Turn navigation
  • Power-adjustable front seats
  • Fog lamps
  • Quad polished stainless steel exhaust tips
  • Rear lip spoiler

Augmenting the SEMA Edition is a series of modifications, including:

  • Custom orange exterior paint
  • Orange-accented interior components, including seat inserts, door panels and instrument panel pad
  • Enhanced brake package with drilled and slotted rotors
  • Lowered performance suspension package
  • Twenty-inch wheels with performance tires
The G8 has a progressive styling package highlighted by strong Pontiac design cues, such as a dual-port grille, fog lamps, bold wheels and a confident, wheels-at-the-corners stance. The car's design accents Pontiac's performance lineage, with fenders that flare over the wheels, seemingly hugging the wide tires and enhancing its athletic stance.

Distinctive elements include hood scoops and front fender vents, as well as projector-beam headlamps housed in crystal-clear lenses. At the rear, taillamps feature bright detail work surrounding the red lighting elements.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Dead sexy.

      Pontiac, ship this car before gas gets so high V8s are unsellable!
        • 7 Years Ago
        That should take a while. We in Australia pay about 3 to 4 times what you do in the US for petrol, yet the V8 is still selling, just not quite as well. Hell, they pay double that again in some parts of Europe but Merc and BMW can still sell the AMG 63, M5 etc.
        Point is that you've got it pretty good in North America as far as petrol prices go but its not really that big of a cost when you are already paying insurance, rego, finance and the depreciation you get on most new cars.
        I think GM has already worked out that there is a decent market for good all rounders like the G8.
      • 7 Years Ago
      great job of ripping the side extractor vents straight off the new M3.
        • 7 Years Ago
        shows what you know. this car is older than the new m3. so i guess bmw totally ripped of holden. chugnut.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The only thing custom about this car is the paint colour. Everything else is available to the Australian market.

      The wheels are from a HSV GTS, the coloured dash panels are available in the Commodore SS-V, the suspension and brake package is straight from a HSV GTS as well I would guess.

      I really don't get these manufacturers that think slapping a custom paint job, some wheels or some spotlights on a production vehicle makes a custom show car.

      The Solstice 290 racer concept is more like it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      God I hope that hood scoop if functional.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Don't those fake scoops actually add to wind resistance? I've always wondered about the obsession with garbage like that.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's not, it's just as fake as on the GTO. Hopefully this time though the ugly American hood doesn't then become standard on the Australian models as well. Totally ruined the Monaro which actually looked somewhat classy before it got all Pontiaced.
      • 7 Years Ago
      At least the concept still has a manual - reports have said that the manual is off the table for 2008. Maybe 2009?
        • 7 Years Ago
        the manual is def coming. its been the plan all along for the manual to follow the automatic. i don't remember if any time frame was given for when the manual is coming, but rest assured it is coming.
        • 7 Years Ago
        the manual is def coming. its been the plan all along for the manual to follow the automatic. i don't remember if any time frame was given for when the manual is coming, but rest assured it is coming.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hope GM offer hood without scoops.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sure looks like a manual in there doesnt it?

      They love to tease us.
      • 7 Years Ago
      These SEMA pics look like they're being taken inside of Gran Turismo 4's photo session mode.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is this engine (the standard G8 6.0L V8) the same as in Corvette? Would it be as (relatively) easily modded to insane hp numbers?

      Because that would be one advantage for G8 vs. Chrysler 300C, which has had its share of difficulties in performance enhancement (SC, turbo).
        • 7 Years Ago
        in oz, the LS2 is used in the HSV variants
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