Do not adjust your computer screen, you are not seeing the rebirth of the Pontiac brand. General Motors has chosen to use a G8 to disguise a test mule for the latest prototype of the forthcoming Chevrolet SS. The G8 was closely related to the Holden Commodore and Vauxhall VXR, the platform upon which the new Chevrolet performance model will be based. It should come as little surprise, then, that GM has opted to use the cladding from the former G8.

Thought the front clip of this mule is pure Pontiac, note the vents immediately behind the front wheel. That is a distinctive design hallmark of the Vauxhall VXR. Also note that this vehicle is right-hand drive, as the Holden and its Chevy counterpart will be very closely related. That likely includes potential drivetrains. The spy photos of this mule also reveal very wide rear tires, and rear wheels that do not match the fronts.

Production of all three vehicles is set to begin in Australia in late 2013. Click below to check out the gallery of the test mule for Chevy's new rear-drive performance vehicle.



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      mavsguy842
      • 2 Years Ago
      I miss Pontiac.
      Erik Grudzien
      • 2 Years Ago
      Like!!!! Im hoping the G8 front bumper will bolt right up to the SS when it comes out.
      car-a-holic
      • 2 Years Ago
      Rip Pontiac. That G8 was the only Pontiac in 20 years worth the shield. And I agree what a sad devolution of a brand....
      Matt Frawley
      • 2 Years Ago
      I need Chevrolet El Camino ute and Chevrolet Commodore SS will head to USA next year.
        frost54661
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Matt Frawley
        And then you won't buy it, remember the G8? I bet you said "I need this to come here now" and then bought an Accord.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Dodge Charger better watch out.
      genteng jatiwangi
      • 2 Years Ago
      wOW... MANTAP BRO... I LIKE IT
      Jamferma
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks just like the HSV R8 or GTS with a different front end, will prob have a 6.2L LS3 under the hood
      StevieJacks
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think you mean Vauxhall VXR8... virtually every Vauxhall from the Corsa to the Zafira has its own VXR version; the VXR8 was the car shown above.
      Proghog
      • 2 Years Ago
      If this car is going to be made in Australia like the article says then shipped to the US then why can't they ship the Holden Ute? The last article about the Holden Ute said that the tariffs wouldn't be cost effective to sell it in the US. Why would the tariffs be so different on these two cars when they are basically the same vehicle?
        MONTEGOD7SS
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Proghog
        The article you are referring to said the Ute would be hit with truck tariffs, which are 5x (from memory) larger than for passenger cars.
          EXP Jawa
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MONTEGOD7SS
          I think calling Pontiac a "true performance" division is a bit of a stretch. Yes, they had the G8, and once upon a time had the Firebird/TA, and GTO. But they also brought us the G5, G6, that little hatchback LeMans, Grand Am, etc. Not exactly stuff of performance dreams. They had theoretical brand positioning within GM as a mainstream performance division, but a lot of product was not.
          adrenalnjunky
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MONTEGOD7SS
          The weird thing there is that Pontiac was in process of bringing the Ute in as the G8 ST, it had been green lit, announced and was in process. somehow the tarrifs weren't an issue then. Then GM decided to kill the wrong company. Instead of a true performance division like Pontiac should have been re-imaged as, we kept Buick and GMC
        Hs
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Proghog
        Tariffs aren't an issue.... Holden released a statement refuting the "speculation in the press" and said no decision has been made on selling the Ute in the US.
      kyle
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like it, bring the ute and resurrect the El Camino!!!
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @kyle
        GM has already stated it will now be cost prohibitive to bring over the Ute, so yea, not happening.
        4gasem
        • 2 Years Ago
        @kyle
        Not happening...
      • 2 Years Ago
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      bluemoonric
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like this car but how many cars does Chevrolet need? GM did not learn anything from bankruptcy and they are headed down the same path again.
        Dwight Bynum Jr.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bluemoonric
        Um... what?! Chevrolet nor GM currently offer ANY V8 powered, rear-wheel drive full-size sedans in North America. If this were some badge-engineered twin of a current offering, I'd almost see where you were coming from. Not to mention, GM only has THREE North American brands that even produce "cars" anymore, and TWO of the three are "luxury" divisions. Anything outside of that realm (like a sporty sedan) has to end up somewhere and that "somewhere" is Chevrolet. So, what exactly is the problem here?
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