• Aug 20th 2008 at 12:59PM
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The Pontiac G8 Sport Truck was originally supposed to be powered only by General Motors' 361-horsepower 6.0L V8, but tough fuel economy standards and customer demand for fuel efficient products have conspired to change the General's plans. Edmunds Inside Line quotes an anonymous senior engineer at the General saying that the unique sport ute will receive automaker's 3.6L V6, as well. That's good news for fuel economy, but the better news is that the 3.6L V6 of choice will be the direct injection versoin. That will likely give the G8 ST the same 300+hp as the 2010 Camaro and Cadillac CTS. That should also make the base ST more appealing to enthusiasts and the average Joe, with more power at the pedal and a healthier torque curve. The DI version of GM's 3.6L V6 will also likely be available in the base G8 sedan for the 2010 model year, as well.

It makes sense that GM would go with direct injection for the G8 ST, as the General has already promised the powerful V6 for the Chevy Traverse and Camaro. Putting DI in more vehicles will help drive down the cost of producing these more high-tech engines economy of scale while also giving customers V8ish performance with V6ish fuel economy. Keep in mind, however, that though a GM engineer was quoted, none of this is official word from GM, so plans could change.

[Source: Inside Line]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I knew Pontiac was always jealous of the El Camino. This thing isn't in competition with a Super Duty so at least make it fun to drive with a manual 6spd.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Both holden and ford offer their 6cyl utes with manuals for around the US$24k mark (we get ripped off on cars here in AU so I wouldn't read too much into that price) It's a 6spd box in the Holden and I think it maybe a 5spd in the base model falcon.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Bah! Still would have preferred the wagon.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Maybe this is a stupid question, but when they're designing these transmissions, can they not just - by default - make the final gear extremely tall so the car loafs down the highway at 1200-1400rpm to further increase fuel mileage?

      Besides that, this is great news. I was reading the Camaro info at torquereport and the base V6 is VERY appealing in that car, and would make tons of sense in this retro trucklette.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Iam finally interested in this!
      • 7 Years Ago
      John, I purchased the G8 sedan and your interior comment is way off base. In fact it's one of the nicer interiors you can get at the car's price point.

      Unlike the majority of vehicles made in the US all the materials are substantial inside and matte finished, not blindingly glossy. The leather is more like what you'd have on an expensive jacket, not the shiny banana peel stuff in most vehicles. It's also actually black, not dull grey like most "black" interiors are.

      It's an extremely nice place to be for a muscle car and fitting for it's intent.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Stop calling it a muscle car.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Well, it IS a muscle car. So is the Dodge Charger, and the Ford Interceptor if they ever bring it out. Just because it's 4 doors and auto doesn't mean its not a muscle car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That interior is one of the cheapest looking Honda interiors to come out in a long time. It's a low priced car but the interior materials don't look much better than a Chrysler.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I never sat in G8, i suppose that G8 and this will be similar, but my god G5-or G6 whatever Pontiac calls it has the worst interior i ever saw in a car.

        That G was leather clad and all, the best trim level, just so happened only a few minute before that i was in Honda dealership.

        Believe me when i say this Fit has a nicer interior than leather clad G.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yeah but, when will it get a purpose?

      This is a great example of why GM is in the toilet.
      "Gee, we are losing billions a quarter, what can we do to pull out?"
      "I know, lets make a new El Camino. THat's waht everyone wants"

      F&*$ing idiots!
      • 7 Years Ago
      In oz the V8s are popular with young males who use them as an affordable sports coupe while theV6s are used mainly by tradies for carrying light loads during the week and towing the boat etc on the weekend.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This would work for me with a V6 and a 5 or 6 pd manual. It would have to be priced competitively with a nice compact truck ie Ranger, Colorado, Tacoma etc. Unfortunately, I doubt it will. It has the potential to be more than a niche vehicle. The first Rancheros and ElCaminos were the suburban alternative to the large pickup and were extremely popular. For the vast majority of what you would use a small pickup for, this would fit the bill. If you could get into a base type model for around 18K to 20K, they may have something. Only problem is they may take sales from Canyon/Colorado.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sorry, my last comment was for the Honda Fit thread. That's what happens with tabbed browsing, my mistake!
      • 7 Years Ago
      If you want to best mileage in an "automatic" form, the dual clutch (VW DSG, Porsche DPK) type transmissions will be more efficient and give better performance. Just a comment.
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