• Sep 8, 2008
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The V8-powered Pontiac G8 GT has garnered a fair amount of respect around Autoblog HQ, with almost everyone who's spent time behind the wheel singing the praises of the Aussie-imported four-door muscle car. We're all suckers for rubber-melting torque and rear-wheel motivation, and even El Capitan Neff has thought about retiring his Alero for a shot at G8 ownership. For the rest of us, a six-speed manual would seal the deal.

Next year Pontiac will finally offer a proper cog swapper on its G8 GXP, and not only do drivers get to row their own gears, but they're getting an extra 13 horses and 15 lb.-ft. of torque to boot. The SAE has finally performed its official testing on the 6.2-liter LS3 V8 and output is up to 415 horsepower and an equal amount of twist.

With 19-inch HSV wheels framing 14-inch (front) and 12.76-inch (rear) discs and Brembo calipers, a standard LSD and a stiffened suspension, the additional power is just another reason to be smitten by the Pontiac G8 GXP. That, and the Tremac TR060 manual. We'll take ours in slate grey for maximum intimidation. Thanks for the tip, Torrent!


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      • 6 Years Ago
      wow
      • 6 Years Ago
      Watch your back BMW. Poor man's M5 that looks better, and performs like one. Keep the GXP under 40k, and we'll have another winner.
        • 6 Years Ago
        as long as it lasts more than 10k miles and the tranny doesn't crap out on you like most GM junk
        • 6 Years Ago
        At randy. Did some piss in your corn flakes this morning or did you just buy a m5 to compensate for your misgivings?
        • 6 Years Ago
        BMW doesn't need to watch its back... performance isn't the only factor to consider, there are other things too like refinement and *class*. There's no comparison because they're in a different league other than raw HP numbers.

        Calling it a "poor man's M5" is just another way of comforting yourself knowing you can't afford the real thing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow it's so ironic I sent this tip in about 45 minutes ago...

      *hint, hint*
        • 6 Years Ago
        oh..... omg.... is my name actually up there? wtf?

        NOW I look stupid......
      • 6 Years Ago
      i'm guessing $34k-36k base. i hope.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice and I'd love to have one but in the end it's not worth the nearly ten thousand dollar premium over the G8 GT, which is why I went with a GT.

      The GT already comes with an excellent suspension, steering, brakes, engine, seats and overall performance. The GXP is projected to cost $38k with it's only option being a sunroof. I decided it wasn't worth the wait or the money and I'm very happy with the GT.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Very nice wrong car at the wrong time. And GM wants a government loan bailout so it can make more crap nobody will buy?

      I've seen a couple of G8s and they look good and surely are, but the style is so derivative that the car looks just like everything else out there.

      The G8 would be a yawner even if it had a 1000 HP engine that you can't use on any U.S. highway anyway. GM deserves NO bailout!
        • 6 Years Ago
        'Nobody complains about the red lighting in BMWs'

        BMW interior lighting is amber not red.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'd hate to be one of "those" people but, you sir

        FAIL!
        • 6 Years Ago
        newsflash: The government loan program would be exclusively for converting existing US plants over to small car and hybrid car production. It has nothing to do with the G8 or any other performance cars. By the way, a bailout would be a program where money is handed over with no expectations of payback. This is a low interest loan program designed to help preserve jobs and bring more fuel efficient cars to market faster.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This thing is hot. What is the base price going to be? I want one in Silver or Black and then get some aftermarket pontiac badges (silver on black, or black on silver), tint, and run catless exhaust.....yeah
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hmm...I could see myself trading in the Vette on one of these when a backseat is necessary.

      Translation = when we decide to have a kid. ;-)
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is turning out to be a great couple of years for performance-per-dollar rides. I feel pretty amused when "imported" and "muscle car" share space in a sentence written in America, though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder how many nancy-boy pantywastes that have never driven a fast car are going to get killed in these cars? lol....probably a lot. I foresee a large quantity of these cars in salvage yards....with ditchbank damage.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is there any chance of the regular G8 GT coming in stick? That's the one I want. Plenty of power to be fun, but also reasonable on gas and a few grand cheaper initially.

      Unless they come out with that I'm actually thinking of buying the new Challenger R/T instead.

      Both cars seat five and have a big trunk, both cars have about 370hp, both cars are right at $30k, and both get the same gas mileage within 1mpg. However, only the Challenger lets me row my own gears.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not surprised a bit.
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