• Jun 20, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of the 2008 Pontiac G8 GT

CarDomain recently sat for lunch with GM car czar Bob Lutz, and one of the topics that came up was the ever-vanishing manual transmission. Lutz explained that modern automatics are no longer the less efficient option by default, and with CAFE dictating so much nowadays, carmakers can actually improve their fleet average fuel economy more by going with automatics that can be programmed to deliver maximum efficiency (as far as the EPA is concerned, at least). He then went on to state that there will be manuals available in both the Camaro and the 2009 Pontiac G8 GT, which gets a 6-speed unit from Tremec. So if you waited on Poncho's new muscle sedan, your patience will be rewarded. Of course, your patience will also got you a price increase too, but at least those dopey digital auxiliary gauges will be gone, as well.


[Source: CarDomain]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Finally, the auto enthusiastic crybabys are getting there manual tranny filled bottles. Now i can peacefully go back to sleep.

      I'll take my G8 GT with an auto and AFM, thank you!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Life is too short to drive boring cars, get a stick.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This car is a great value for the money. Stop whining and buy one if it fits your needs and you can make the payments. GM gets one right once in a while, and lately more frequently than not. Stop hating and start buying. It's worth what it costs....something rare these days !!
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is awesome! Looks like I might not have to spring for a manual GXP if the price goes through the roof. :)

      I like autos for a whole bunch of reasons, but when you really want to carve out corners, you need a stick to do it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow - GM has addressed the two major deal breakers I saw with the G8. As much as I hate to admit it, there was no way I was buying a G8 with those stupid gauges on the center stack. The though of looking at those for 100K miles made me want to vomit.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is awesome! Looks like I might not have to spring for a manual GXP if the price goes through the roof. :)

      I like autos for a whole bunch of reasons, but when you really want to carve out corners, you need a stick to do it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        blast. AutoBlog needs a method for us to edit/delete posts.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I hate to be the party pooper, but, unless GM has had a last-minute change of heart since June 9, I think that both CarDomain and this whole story are wrong. It seems that the manual option is ONLY for the G8 GXP. Check out this official GM link:
      http://media.gm.com/us/pontiac/en/product_services/r_cars/r_c_g8/09index.html
        • 6 Years Ago
        actually all that link does is confirm this story. it says

        TR6060 6-speed manual
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        Final drive ratio: 3.27 (GT) 3.70 (GXP)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nothing like clutching and shifting out of a big sweeper or into a tight hairpin yourself. Even though performance is better in DSG's SMG's and any other "auto Manual" I (and most enthusiasts) very much enjoy rowing my own gears and modulating my own clutch.
      • 6 Years Ago
      wonder if it'll be the t56 or 6060
        • 6 Years Ago
        i figure so too. it is a great box. i have it in my 08 z06. smooth like butter. i had a t56 in my previous vette, but this one feels so much more refined.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I imagine GM will be using the TR6060 since that's what's slated to be equipped on the GXP.

        This would be in keeping with GM's long-standing modus operandi push global engineering further and further. Sharing parts is important to keep costs and complexity down, The TR6060 is a good box to have by your side, so this would be a good thing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I just saw a V6 model in person (first one for me) a few minutes ago. I didn't get a chance to drive it. It was an Avis car and the rep was getting an estimate for damage to the front bumper. The very first customer scuffed the paint off the side of it! The car only had 70 miles on it and already needs paint work. Amazing how bad some folks drive.

      The car looks good in person but the center stack was sort of blah and plain. The seats look and feel really nice. I'm not a fan of black interiors but overall it was good looking inside and out.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The G8 would have been such a sweet car back when gas was $2. a gallon or less.

      Now it's just madness.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Crap, one less thing to complain about - GM haters
      • 6 Years Ago
      now i have to get one..
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