• Aug 14th 2008 at 12:50AM
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Click above for hi-res gallery of the 2010 Pontiac G8 ST

We often go poking around General Motors' media resources, so imagine our surprise when we were searching for something totally unrelated and found fresh images of Pontiac's iteration of the Holden Ute. Still warm like just-baked cookies, the images show off a great looking dark-hued modern-day El camino. And for what do we deserve a new batch of G8 ute pics? They accompany word from on high that the official name for this trucklet has been decided. Meet the Pontiac G8 ST.

You may remember that GM solicited submissions, or rather suggestions, for what the G8 ST should be named. But after months of waiting and however many submissions, the best they could do was G8 ST? That's the name they started with! Now we feel all cheap and used, like GM knew what they were going to call this thing all along. Whatever, it will be holding court as the king of awesome in your local Pontiac dealer's showroom in late 2009 as a 2010 model. The 74-inch cargo bed and 3,500 lb towing capacity will allow you to haul more than just ass, though the V8 will surely facilitate that nicely. Pontiac's official press release can be found after the jump, and those new high-res images are in the gallery below.

[Source: GM]

Pontiac G8 ST at a Glance

  • Sports car with truck-like cargo and towing capabilities
  • V8 engine with Active Fuel Management linked to six-speed automatic
  • 74-inch cargo bed and 3,500 lb towing capacity
  • Estimated fuel economy near top of vehicles with comparable cargo/towing capacity
  • Available in late 2009 as a 2010 model


Segment-Defining Vehicle on Target for Late 2009 Launch

Detroit - After sifting through more than 18,000 possibilities, Pontiac has chosen to keep it simple, naming the recently revealed G8 sport truck the "G8 ST."

Thousands of fans submitted suggestions during a "Tame the Name" promotion, which delayed a final announcement until each possibility was considered and cleared for possible trademark use.

"Frankly, we were blown away by both the volume and quality of the names that were submitted," said Craig Bierley, BPG product marketing director for cars and crossovers. "'G8 ST' was one of the most popular suggestions, plus we noticed a far broader trend toward simple, easy-to-remember names."

"El Camino" was also a sentimental favorite, given the G8 ST's resemblance to the classic Chevy.

"We actually thought very long about El Camino," said Bierley. "In the end, we felt it was more appropriate to honor the El Camino's unique place as part of Chevy's heritage and not use that nameplate on a Pontiac."

Perhaps the ultimate reflection of the blurring line between cars and trucks, the G8 ST will create a unique niche segment in the marketplace: a sports car with truck-like cargo and towing capabilities. Sharing the basic architecture and 361 hp V8 engine as the G8 GT performance sedan, it will offer a 73.9-inch cargo bed that has 42.7 cubic feet of cargo space and can carry a payload of 1,000 pounds (453 kg) or tow a 3,500-pound (1,587 kg) trailer.

Thanks to its six-speed automatic transmission and Active Fuel Management system, the G8 ST should offer some of the best fuel economy numbers for V8-powered vehicles with similar cargo/towing ratings while still turning in zero-to-60 times of 5.4 seconds.

The G8 ST will be available in late 2009 as a 2010 model and will be backed by GM's industry best 100,000 mile, 5-year powertrain warranty. Pricing will be announced closer to availability.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      yes finally the australian yute has hit the western hemisphere, if yall think the g8 is american ur wrong its AUSTRAILIAN MATE!!!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Wef, at least the Australian (
        • 7 Years Ago
        you mean austrailia makes cars? i thought all they have to show is koala's and kangaroo's..

      • 7 Years Ago
      Just as when GM asked Americans to vote between the Beat/Traxx/Groove, the decision to name it the ST makes them look cynical and deaf, like they just refuse to listen to Americans' opinion, even on simple things like styling and vehicle names.

      This is a poor choice for versatility. It's a great sport truck, to be sure, but most people would be better off with something closer to the old Subaru Baja. I'll be holding off a new purchase till they make something closer to my needs.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Another 'hit' from Clueless Motors!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Poor decision by GM. This car will be dead in 3 years.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I hope this Australian creation does well across the pond.
      This post has been listed on DriveCritic.com
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Tame the name"??? Try "shame the name"...
      • 7 Years Ago
      No one seems to get the point:

      The G8 was subject to factory capacity limits, since they make many versions of the car for many countries.(at least before the world gas crunch)
      THEY WERE & ARE NEVER going to sell enough to make a profit that really helps GM.

      The G8, and this ST, with "Pontiac grille on a bland world car" are just keeping the brand alive. helping to sell the cheaper models -- giving GM time to get another generation of fresher and more fuel efficient cars figured out.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why, why, why would GM approve and spend development dollars on this is beyond me!! They could have build anything else but this trash!
        • 7 Years Ago
        What development dollars? The Australian arm of GM (Holden) simply put the existing front of the G8 onto the existing Holden Ute. There is not a single part on the G8 ST that is not already used on either the sedan or the existing Holden Ute.

        The sales of this vehicle will never be more than 20,000 per year because that is all the excess capacity available on the existing production lines.

        It is also not aimed at replacing any existing pick ups. While many people will wonder why anyone would buy one of these, the rest of the world looks at gas guzzling pickups like RAMs, F150/250, Silverados ect and just wonders why?

        And the car based Coupe/Utility was invented by Ford Australia in 1934!

        And don't worry the V6 and possibly even manual versions, which make up 75% of sales in Australia will probably be available soon after the car is released. I suspect thay are keeping their powder dry for a bit more media coverage closer to the release date.
      • 7 Years Ago
      One piece body... Large V8 engine... no 4x4 or AWD option.
      Well, this sounds like a failure to me, or a great reason for Ford to bring over the Falcon Ute.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Can they at least post up the names they were considering.
      • 7 Years Ago
      For the 5 millionth time IT IS NOT A TRUCK, a very good Sports Sedan with Utlity. Any more Pontiac ST is a TRUCK and I will start calling the Silverado as the new Colbalt SS replacement.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Its definitely NOT a truck, its mullet & mustache bait.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Boy, were you born yesterday?

        These things were invented here in the states and they are "TRUCKS".

        A Pontiac truck is oh so not right.
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