• May 16, 2008
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If the ad campaign is any indication, those of us born in the late 1970s are the demographic Pontiac's aiming at with the G8. First, there was the Spy Hunter themed TV spot, and now this one, which pays homage to the seminal car-guy experience of zooming around on a carpet in 1/64 scale. Hey, we're cool with that. The G8 GT does induce heart palpitations in many of us who still cling to our battle-scarred collection of now-vintage Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars with our initials etched into the underside. Like many of the other tiny cars we racked up miles on, a miniature G8 would have made us wish for either a shrink-ray, or a personal fortune by the time we hit 16 so we could buy a real one. Video embedded after the jump.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Can GM cook up one with good mileage.
      Take the 94mm bore of the 3.6 V6, use the short stroke crankshaft of the 2.8 V6, 74.8mm, for an oversquare circa 250 hp, 225ft-lb 3.1 V6.
      GM has that 6L45 in inventory, and how about that 3.7 axle ratio from the GXP?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice but the 9mpg is not
      • 6 Years Ago
      GM really hit the ball out of the park with the G8. Good looking, good performance, and regular working guys can afford them.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Absolutely agree... a strong V6 Manual G8 would be a great daily driver. I always wished that DCX had decided to homologate a Manual Tranny V6 300/Magnum/Charger.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Personally, as much as I think these ads are cool, they also leave me just a touch "cold"... Though the previous Aussie GTO was much-maligned, the first (and every there-after) time I saw this commercial (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEyR8dztAsE), my hair would raise on end.

      I drove a 400hp GTO a few times on evaluation trips, and I thought the car was the best thing GM had built to that point, with a great interior, still an awesome drivetrain, fun-to-drive,... and styling that, in the context of how it drove (vs. it's "GTO" name), deserved much better.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEyR8dztAsE
      • 6 Years Ago
      Whenever the American make a car they are bound to make it too big and too heavy. Should the G8 be one foot shorter then it will be in better shape.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Except it's designed by Holden in Australia.

        And Germans don't make cars as large, but just as heavy.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "I don't know what I'm talking about but I'll make a general statement anyway!"

        Bang up job there, genius.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This Ad is great.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I want to be Ben
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yea, thats cool
      • 6 Years Ago
      I picked up my Magnetic Gray G8 GT with 19's two weeks ago and love it. I also had a 2004 GTO.

      Lets see.. compete with BMW. Not exactly, but to match HP you need to go to 550 territory and at that it is almost 30K cheaper. I personally like the G8 better than the current 5 series. The previous gen was better.

      The G8 GT does not have magnetorheological suspension.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I still like the Vauxhall version better without the fake hood scoops and a nicer rear treatment.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why no manual option?

      It's supposed to be a sport car, at least from what I can tell in the advertisements. And yet all I get for choices, are two versions of automatic transmissions?

      The Holden Commodore comes with the option for a manual transmission, these two cars are basically the same, at least I think they are.

        • 6 Years Ago
        The g8 has slightly softer suspension than the commodore, the commodore doesn't have AFM (yet) and a few other small changes.

        I think that the no manual was just a matter of what they think they'd sell more of initially.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I thought the lack of stick was because of the cylinder shutoff option on the engine. They couldn't make it work with a stick and thought that it saved enough fuel to keep it under a gas guzzler tax.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The manual G8 GT is on the way, they just didn't have it ready for the initial launch for whatever reason. And yes, there's also the GXP version which will be available with a manual.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Last I knew only Lambos averaged 9mpg overall. The G8 averages in the high teens along with other fullsize cars.
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