• Jun 18, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of the 2008 Pontiac G8 GT

If you like horsepower, speed and a usable back seat, the Pontiac G8 GT was a great deal with an MSRP of $29,995. In fact, Pontiac advertised the 2008 model as just such a bargain: "Most powerful car starting under $30K," which is riding the line pretty close.

But the company will have to ditch that ad campaign with the 2009 model as prices for a G8 GT will now begin at $31,360, or some $1,365 more than the previous year. Some of the cost is due to more standard luxuries like XM Radio, but at least part of the increase can be blamed on those familiar culprits of a weak U.S. dollar and rise in material costs. Still, we would've thought some of the car's cost was trimmed by ditching the oversized auxiliary gauges for the car's battery charge and oil pressure. Guess not.


[Source: GM Inside News via Motor Authority]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Next time you have something to say, think about it... then keep it to yourself....
      • 6 Years Ago
      I remember when the Dodge Magnum used the same tagline when it was first introduced..then the priced raised to $31000. Sucks that GM can't come up with their own headlines.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Exactly the same thing they did with the Solstice. Under $20,000... but by the end of one year the price had gone up $2,000.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yes, i just posted twice.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What the heck, the front page article and the one I'm seeing while viewing the comments aren't the same.

      Front:
      "
      If you like horsepower, speed and a usable back seat, the Pontiac G8 GT was a great deal with an MSRP of $29,995. In fact, Pontiac advertised the 2008 model as just such a bargain: "Most powerful car starting under $30K," which is riding the line pretty close.

      But the company will have to ditch that ad campaign with the 2009 model as prices for a G8 GT will now begin at $31,360, or some $1,365 more than the previous year. Some of the cost is due to more standard luxuries like XM Radio, but at least part of the increase can be blamed on those familiar culprits of a weak U.S. dollar and rise in material costs. Still, we would've thought some of the car's cost was trimmed by ditching the oversized auxiliary gauges for the car's battery charge and oil pressure. Guess not."

      Comments/full:
      "If you like horsepower, speed and a usable back seat, the Pontiac G8 GT was a great deal with an MSRP of $29,995. In fact, Pontiac advertised the 2008 model as just such a bargain: "Most powerful car starting under $30K." Which is riding the line pretty close.

      But the company will have to ditch that ad campaign with the 2009 model as prices for a G8 GT will now begin at $31,360, $1,365 more than the previous year. Some of the cost is due to more standard luxuries like XM Radio, but at least part of the increase can be blamed on the weak U.S. dollar and the rise in material costs.

      In a day where gas costs more per gallon than milk, though, Pontiac might be reconsidering the whole "speed and power" focus of their ad campaign anyway. Maybe the ads could now say, "Biggest trunk space of any Australian-built car you can buy in the U.S." Hmmm. Just not the same."
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's a conspiracy maaaaan!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Weeeeeeeeellllllllllll The latter just went away.

        It wasn't nearly as clever as the former, anyhow.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Gentleman... the GT has 361HP and 385 lb-ft of torque. I have read in several G8 blogs that many owners are getting upwards of 27+ mpg on the highway when driven like a rational adult. Trust me when I say that a car this powerful, fast and fun that delivers numbers like this and has as much interior space and good looks IS a great deal. Some of us are willing to trade a few MPGs to own such a powerful car. And no matter what you say, no 4-banger turbo engine is satisfying to the ear or senses as a good-old American designed V8. My current 2005 Tacoma V6 delivers me 16 MPG Hwy on a good day. I would be thrilled to add up to 10 MPG. Sign me up!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I was talking about Hwy miles, not combined. Edmunds "real world" MPG is a joke, especially when a vehicle like the G8 is concerned. I highly doubt ANY of the journalists who drove it did anything other than floor it every chance they got. Read the G8 blogs regarding MPG on highway. No reason for fellow G8 owners to stretch the truth to one another. Even your precious Edmunds ran an article a while back highlighting the amazing effect actual driving habits can have on fuel economy. Drive this vehicle with common sense and you'll get wonderful MPG for the power/torque available. Drive like a nut (and who wouldn't want to from time to time with so much on tap) and you'll pay the price. It is nice to have the option.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Edmunds got a real world 15.8 mpg observed fuel economy for the G8:

        http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Drives/Comparos/articleId=124883/pageId=136074

        They also got 17.5 for the Charger R/T which was a hair better than what I saw in mine but close enough to tell me that if your G8 GT is breaking 16mpg in most situations (spare me the one off anecdotes) you're doing pretty good.

        If you think you're going to get 26mpg in a 4100+ lb car powered by a 6.0 litre V8 you're out of your mind.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Maybe not in the city, but certainly on the highway.
      • 6 Years Ago
      well one this is for sure,

      The ranking system works very nice.. I had ranked sacyyz, low, based on some other stupid comment long time back probably and this time it showed "lowest ranked" right besides his name.

      So i guess it works abt fine.. u guys can rank too.. lol..anyone can.

      Its a good car, Saw tons of this ar and the variations, even HSV models in australia..
      I would buy the GXP once it comes out, the only thing its missing is a navigation, which u feel like having when u spend abt 40K OTD on a fast car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I own the G8 GT and I love it. I did not buy it to get better fuel mileage, but from my 3000 miles so far, driving mostly in the city I get around 14.9 MPG in the city with occasional bursts of speed.

      With half city and highway I got around 20 MPG these number are obtained from the on-board computer.

      This car is fun to drive, I love driving it. It is perfect for street driving where the road is not as flat as a racetrack. Which covers most of the road in the US.

      I have power when I want it and it is nearly impossible to discern when the AFM goes on or off, instead when you step on the pedal you notice the car downshifting which is far more of a delay.

      But this car is fast. Smooth and has a lot of interior room.

      You don't buy this car to save money, you buy it to have fun driving to where ever you need to go.

      Go and buy your Camry's and other FWD sedans and have fun being bored in your car driving to work so that you can save a few MPG.

      I will take RWD, 6SPD auto, IRS, side airbags, etc car for $30k any day. The only cars that come close begin at $34k and to get comparable equipment they end up being closer to $40 before taxes and fees.

      I have only seen two other G8's on the road in the past three months not including mine. I kinda feel bad for the company.

      I believe people will not understand this car until they ride and drive it.

      And that guy on the LA times wrote a crappy article that spent more time comparing the car to a BMW that he said it could not compare to versus actually reviewing the car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Whats annoying is that Im 99% sure GM will make this a stupid arse standard "option" that you will have to pony up for if you want the GT model. I for one could care less for XM radio. The fact that it adds $1400 to the price of the car just makes it even more of a horrible deal when I can get a XM receiver for under $200 these days and it isnt the crappy stock one.

      I hate that these days you really cant order a car the way you want it. You literally have 3 or 4 option packages on a car. Say you want a sunroof well then you have to pony up for the premium sound option to because apparently they go together.

      Stupid, stupid, stupid and dumb.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ok, i agree with all on here bout the XM issue, but why are all of you whining bout the AFM in the GT?

      First off, the AFM hardly ass to the price(if it even does)because GM already manufactures this engine with AFM, along with the 5.3L. A bigger V8(like the upcoming LS3), or a V8 from Holden, would add even more to the price.

      Second, stop kissin the Aussies ass already! If u like them so much, do your state a favor and move down there! Be lucky that u are even gettin a V8 from a car like this anyway! A V8 with AFM is better than nothin! We have a dying enviorment! The Aussie's is already dead! They have mostly desert! Why do u think they have super high speed freeways and powerful cars! Duh! No, i aint a hippie, but ill take a V8 wit AFM anyday!

      P.S. I gives no damn bout my grammar, so dont waste your time typin bout it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Anyone know how well these things sell? I drive past my dealer near me and I seen the same Red and White one there for atleast a month now. If not longer.
        • 6 Years Ago
        with 17/25 for the V6 and 15/24 (20mpg combined) for the V8 I still will consider it when I get a new sedan.

        After all with my v6 sedan I'm getting 22 combined, the price of gas now is not going to deter me from getting it that much. Heck in my 4 cylinder accord I'm getting 24 mpg combined....

        I only care about the combined numbers. My sedan is supposed to get 30 mpg highway, I have yet to break 24 on pure highway miles. 2008 numbers say 28 highway.... humbug
        • 6 Years Ago
        I have been wondering the same question (Brian's question: Anyone know how well these things sell). I believe the Pontiac G8 went on sale at the beginning of April and I haven't seen one on the street yet. I live in Pittsburgh and I saw the first ones on the dealer lot at the beginning of April but none on the road yet. I've been checking the new stock exchange on insideline.com and it seems that most people thought this would be a big seller, can we call it a bust yet? I drive a '07 Grand Prix and love Pontiacs and was hoping that this car would kinda revive the Pontiac brand. Too bad, maybe bad timing is to blame with oil prices hitting record levels and people finally understanding that fuel economy matters in a car, what a shame!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Chris,

        Those *are* the MPG numbers for the G8 GT (V8 engine). The V6 is rated at 17/25.

        Took me less than a minute to check this very simple fact. I don't understand why people are so willfully lazy.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It selling exreemly well here in Dallas. I've already seen a couple on the road, and I know the Sewell store that sells them has a waiting list for the GT's they can't get enough of them in.
      • 6 Years Ago
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