• Oct 28, 2008
Click above for hi-res gallery of the Pontiac G8 GXP

Pontiac hopes to clear things up with a post on Pontiac blog regarding the future of its current products, namely the G8 and Solstice. It was just the other day that rumors of the brand's two rear-wheel drive vehicles possible being canceled hit the interwebs, and we dutifully reported on the story as we always do. According to Pontiac, though, those rumors are nothing more than speculation and should not be taken as gospel unless you hear it from the horse's (or Mr. Lutz's) mouth, which we have not. Still, the rumor in question indicates that the G8 will live on at least another five years, assuming it continues to sell that long, but would not be replaced after that. This could still be the case. Likewise, the Solstice has not been canceled, but it's replacement in GM's lineup still seems unlikely given the low volume of sales the vehicle attracts. In short, nobody can predict the future, but sometimes the handwriting on the wall isn't that tough to read.


[Source: Pontiac Underground]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      umm...hey Brian,

      why don't you do some real world testing....i have taken 2 G37s, 1 coupe and 1 sedan in my completely stock G8 GT running 87 octane

      it was close but the G8 just started pulling away up top
        • 6 Years Ago
        Anything can happen on the street, I'm saying both drivers being equal the G8 GT is not faster than the G37 in the standing 1/4 mile baring factory freaks.

        I like both cars, but think the G8 is a great looking car. I am seriously thinking about the G8 GXP with 6spd, but am having a hard time making myself spend $40,000 for a Pontiac.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Actually the Miata outsells the Solstice in the US.

      2008 Sales YTD (as of Sept)

      MX-5- 9,991
      Solstice - 9,683

        • 6 Years Ago
        Sorry but a STOCK G8 GT is not faster than a G37 sedan. It's close, but not faster. Do some research next time before posting...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Glad to see that the G8 will be around for a longer time.

      If GM and everyone else(especially the idiots at edmunds.com)stop promoting the V8 so much in this vehicle, then it would sell better. Sure, the V8 is the cream-of-the-crop motor, the motor of choice, but in every vehicle, the smallest and most fuel efficient motor sells the best. The majority of G8s i have seen were V6s. Regardless of what everyone says, the V6 is a nice practical choice for one that loves the G8s looks but doesnt want V8 power. I test drove a V6, it drives amazing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      1 out of 2 isn't so bad (I believe 50% on a test is still failing though in grade school). The Solstice can be a competent Miata fighter. I have rented a Solstice and can honestly say I would pick it over a Z4 any day. For about 22k, you can't beat that price.

      The G8 on the other hand.... sigh......
        • 6 Years Ago
        What about the G8 is worthy of "...sigh..."? I drive a VW and at least I can admit that it is an amazing car. It quite possibly has the highest value of any full size car on the market. Its fast, it has nice styling, its interior is awesome, and its a damn bargain for having all of those qualities in one package.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Like I said in the last post...

      Five years? Come on, this doesn't mean anything. In the next five years this car will be revived, freshened, killed again, moved to a new platform, dramatically changed, returned to its original design, and then killed again, maybe. In that time Pontiac will be almost dead, have many new plans made for it, watch those plans stagnate, and have more new plans. While that is going on, GM will go into merger talks with at least 5 different automakers and probably merge with at least 2 of them.
      • 6 Years Ago
      By the way, haven't there been reports of future work on Zeta being killed off even in Australia (meaning, that there is a possibility of the Commodore moving onto a FWD platform as the Falcon may)?
      • 6 Years Ago
      This car should've been the Impala, personally. The Impala name has more cache' than the G8 (although, it's been sullied over the past two decades or more). Just my opinion.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That OH so much heavier Solstice doesn't seem to mind the 300 extra pounds when it TROUNCES the MX-5 in SCCA Showroom stock B class. And the GXP doesn't have any problem totally dominating T2 against 350Z's even after SCCA ADDED weight to it to "keep it fair".

      And the Solstice has outsold the miata every month it's been in production right up until last summer, and that doesn't even count the SKY. All GM ever wanted for the Sol was to take 'some' of the mx.5 market, and instead, it's kicked it's ass everywhere except the fanboys's minds. HUGE success GM. Keep it up.
      • 6 Years Ago
      [Relieved exhalation...]
      A part of me lives again!
      • 6 Years Ago

      If the Pontiac brand is culled, they could rebadge the G8 as the Chevy Caprice. The GXP model could be badged the Caprice SS.
      • 6 Years Ago
      the G8 is a good car, but i've driven the V6 and it's not worth the money, the V8 its just happens to come out in a time when pwople do care about the fuel economy cause it is a very nice package

      the car needs to mloose 300-400 lbs - imagine the G8 Gt coming in at 3700lbs instead of over 4k and now you pretty much have a G37 sedaon with more power (but not as nice an interior) for about $3k less

      yeah, i guess i'd still opt for the G37, for $33k it can't be beat.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The ZETA platform, which is the G8 basis, was designed and engineered during an era of relatively inexpensive gasoline and therefore the V8 option was expected to be a big seller. Therefore the car was engineered on that basis. I believe any replacement will be engineered around both 4 cylinder and V6 as the major options. With perhaps a low volume high end V8 offering. That new car would necessarilly be lighter in weight to meet newer CAFE regulations.

        So to say the G8 is being cancelled and NOT replaced in 5 years is really a truism. Either the ZETA platform will have a major revision by that date, with weight reduction being the main theme, or GM will have to begin engineering a completely new platform for cars offering higher mileage. That's reality.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The G8 isn't that much of a larger car than the G37.
        The wheelbase is only 2.6" longer, length 9" longer in the G8, 0.5" taller, and the big one, 5" wider.

        The mileage 15/24 of the V8 (on premium, if you want the full power of the engine) vs the G37 18/26 (also on premium)
        The curb weight is 400lbs more on the G8, hence the lower city mileage

        The G37 isn't any slower than the G8 in the 1/4 mile.[compare summer tires vs. summer tires]
        and get the sport package and the handling should be better than the regular G8 and probably on par with the G8 GXP
        • 6 Years Ago
        LOL... even at 4,000lbs the G8 GT is faster and handles better than a G37 sedan. Plust you can't forget about the fact that it's a full-size car. And Infinitis have just as much plastic as the Pontiac, it's not like the G has a full leather dash...

        The funny thing is that there isn't that much of a difference in MPGs:

        G8 GT - 15/24 MPG
        15000 miles per year
        19.5 avg mpg
        769.231 galons per year
        $3.30 per galon (although G8 takes regular)
        ----------
        $2538.46 gas money per year

        G37 - 17/25 MPG
        15000 miles per year
        21.5 avg mpg
        697.674 galons per year
        $3.30 per galon
        ----------
        $2302.33 gas money per year

        So you saved a fortune ($236.15) in gas money by opting for a smaller, slower and more expensive ride...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ligor, According to CarsDirect, the going rate for a baseline G37 is just under $35K. The going rate for a V8 G8 is just over $27K. There's about a $7800 difference between the two. The G8 looks like a much better deal.

      • 6 Years Ago
      This car seems to get good reviews, if GM can bump that MPG number by 4-5 these G8s will sell.
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