• Aug 4th 2008 at 3:32PM
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Click above for more spy shots of the G8 GXP from G8 Nation

Although we thoroughly enjoyed the fleeting time we spent with the Pontiac G8 GT, what whith its 361 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque and all, it's the upcoming GXP model that truly looks to catapult the Australian-bred sedan back into musclecar territory. We, along with just about every other gearhead, are especially looking forward to the six-speed stick and clutch pedal with which the 6.2-liter LS3 V8 making 402 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque will be paired. Of course, the rest of the car needs to be up to snuff too, so we are happy to take a gander at these spy photos of a pre-production prototype in Australia that indicate the nineteen-inch GXP-specific wheels and big Brembo disc brakes are present and accounted for. A slightly revised front fascia with a lower splitter combine with the rear diffuser to further signify that this is the high-zoot version of Pontiac's sport sedan.

[Source: LS1.com.au via G8 Nation]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      The G8 isn't meant to be a volume seller.

      Holden can only export so many per year to the US and the export deal is running until 2012. With this export contract Holden's plant is running at capacity to feed it's home market and export markets which is good for them and it also gives Pontiac something nice and unique to sell.

      The GTO was never dropped because it sold badly, it ran through the contract Holden had with GM which was for three years of production and GM stuck with it. Good for them, it was an excellent car and an excellent deal for those who bought them.

      The GTO was only made for three years because that's all the longer Holden was keeping the line tooled to produce that car. Production ended when Holden began the changeover to VE cars which is what the Pontiac G8 is and it now runs down the line.

      • 7 Years Ago
      I do love the absolute turn around the commenters here have done on this car, before it came here GM was stupid for not giving us fun exciting cars, then when they finally do they're still stupid and they'll never sell a single car. I can't wait to read how much flak the fiesta and euro focus are gonne get when they finally show up.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I suppose this is based upon the Holden HSV model I saw in a Shopping Mall in NSW earlier this year. US residents should note the relative "bargain" they will be offered because the HSV MSRP was Aussie95K!!!!!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      oh! there are many of them here in middle east with Chevy logo and Lumina ss name.. it just low quality car with cheap body and cheap plastic inside.. and only two air bag, the only good thing is the engine.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Two comments:

      1) Here in Spokane, Washington, I have seen only one G8 around town. It was a beautiful car, in my opinion. But just one. And that was a while ago. No more seen since then.

      2) I am a major Pontiac fan, and I would love to see the brand do well. But I am afraid that I am going to have to agree with several of the commentators here that the brand current seems badly placed in the current market. Too many cars that simply aren't competitive either in regard to quality (interiors, interiors, interiors) or fuel economy.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Have seen one on the road, but then again I rarely look at cars on the road, too busy driving. Dealer lot has about 6 and all are V6/AT. Still waiting for the 6 speed manual with the V8!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Can GM please and, once for all, just put to sleep the Pontiac brand! No one wants them, no one likes them and they are simply not selling. Pontiacs are rental fleet cars period. Even though the G8 is a great car, it came way way too late and in a bad economy too boot. It was dead in the water before even arriving.
        • 7 Years Ago
        At this point you're probably right that they should lose pontiac. The sad thing is that their lineup is starting to look really good. Though, unfortunately, at the wrong time.

        Solstice, G8, G8 GXP coupe, Ute, and a badly needed G6 update would make a nice looking lineup. . . if gas was $2.

        Now though they might as well bring the solstice into the chevy lineup as a sort of corvette jr, badge the G8 as a chevy like they do in other parts, and possibly bring the ute over as a chevy as well. And with the camaro we wouldn't need a GXP coupe (although I like it better)
      • 7 Years Ago
      I've seen some pics of the Holden high performance version of this car and the wheels are totally bad ass while these are just okay. And not to be a complete complainer here but that rear end with tiny tailights just isn't doing it for me. I'll definitely say all in all this is a great step forward for pontiac even though I still think GM should give them the axe.

      Matt, seen 3 or 4 in chicago. I don't know if its so much the car as people are worried about gas mileage and the economy. I feel like i haven't seen as many brand new cars in general lately.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Honey, are you ok with a longer engagement, something came up?"
        • 7 Years Ago
        Hit the reply button by mistake and wasn't paying attention.

        • 7 Years Ago
        Marques, what does your post have to do with Mark's?
        • 7 Years Ago
        "...what whith its 361 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of..."

        What is "whith?"
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hey Pontiac, Mazda called. They want thier wheel design back.

        • 7 Years Ago
        Shame that Holden had this design before Mazda....

        I've seen this car out and about in the Ringwood area (on Eastlink)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Glad to see it has fender vents. Without those, I might not consider buying it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I live in the highest per capita income county of a Gulf South state. The only G8 that I have ever seen was on the sales lot of Pontiac dealer in one of our poorest counties about 80 miles away. We have a huge local Pontiac dealership, but it has no G8s.

      There are no G8s on our streets. This is particularly interesting because the Holden Monaro-based GTO was fairly popular here.
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