• Oct 2nd 2009 at 3:59PM
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The Pontiac G8 has not deserved its lot in life, and despite the Australians trying to steal it back with the debut of two special edition Holdens that look awfully similar, this rear-wheel-drive sport sedan will find one way or another to stay on sale in the U.S. Unfortunately, its customers won't be the general public since General Motors, after a few crossed wires, has decided not to let the G8 live on as the Chevrolet Caprice. No, the G8's new audience will be the po-po, as in law enforcement.

We've been telling you about GM's plan to introduce a G8-based cop car for some time, and all evidence points to Monday as the cruiser's official debut at the International Association of Chiefs of Police convention in Denver, CO. While GM has not technically confirmed that the G8 will form the underpinnings of this new police package, the Zeta platform on which the G8 is based is the only RWD one large enough to accommodate a pair of officers and their collars. In other words, we don't expect GM to unveil a Kappa-based Pontiac Solstice police cruiser next week, as cool as that might be. So keep your eyes and ears peeled on Monday. The cops are coming and they'll be driving a G8.

[Source: Automotive News, sub. req'd, Photo by Tom Worthington]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder if they will use the long wheel-base model (Holden Statesman) as a basis for this police car instead? It would make most sense since it would give them more space in the car. But unfortunately it would also make the cars somewhat less attractive as a sport-sedan when they come up for auction later.

      Speaking of obtaining one for private use - why not just buy one straight from the fleet manager? I'm pretty sure a private individual can buy a Ford Crown Vic Interceptor from the fleet salesman at a Ford dealership, or at least that was true in the past.
        • 5 Years Ago

        It probably would make more sense to use the Statesman (especially when you consider a plexi or mesh occupant shield), but the G8 powertrains have already been cleared for US road duty, and the G8 has already been crash tested. Both processes are costly and time-intensive, so I would think that they would be forced to go with the Commodore. The LAPD was already working on the G8, anyway.
      • 5 Years Ago
      GM would be stupid not too have this platform available to the "authorities". With the Crown Vic being retired, the G8 is the closest car out there that would be beneficial to use as a cop car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      just buy a audi quatro or other AWD sedan with traction control + esp, nothing to worry.
      they will not succeed to push you from the road.
      just trotle and the car pulls itself back straight again.

      one advice to everone, make sure your next car is AWD.
      it's realy fun flooring it in a corner.
      you wont buy anything else again.

      it's a simply sunning feeling, my friend and i own both a d2 a8's.
      simply a rock on the road.
      it's like being pulled and pushed @ the same time.
      i can't put it on paper, but it's very safe.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cooler that the Dodge Charger.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As long as it's here and it ends up on the street (i.e. through auctions), I'm a happy man!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was thinking exactly the same thing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "and despite the Australians trying to steal it back with the debut of two special edition Holdens that look awfully similar"
      • 5 Years Ago
      Will it be called the Caprice or Chevy G8?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Use the longer-wheelbase Statesman, butch it up and sell the police package as a GMC. My wife {um yeah, my wife} buys and upfits all police vehicles for a well-known city, and the Holden platform is a better long-term proposition than the Chargers they're buying now.
      • 5 Years Ago
      the reason i originally was disappointed with the G8 ... was the fact that the manual was in the GXP only. i would most likely own one now if it was across the range like originally planned.

      i am guessing there isn't much of a market for a manual transmission cop car. a shame really.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can't imagine any police department purchasing "G8" police cars without a long term availability guarantee from GM. Regardless, how good is any GM commitment? It may not be around much longer.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is gonna pwn
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