2008 Pontiac G8

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$26,910 - $29,310
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Engine Engine 3.6LV-6
MPG MPG 17 City / 25 Hwy
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2008 G8 Overview

2008 Pontiac G8 GT – Click above for high-res image gallery As a tyke I staged an all-out assault on my parents' better judgment for a G.I. Joe hovercraft. Not three months had passed following their surrender when I ransomed my mischievousness for the next toy my happiness hinged upon. Oh, that hovercraft? Forgotten. The auto industry works the same way. We often convince automakers that we'll buy every cool car they'd make if they would just grow a pair and build 'em. They do their part and then... we don't. The trust is broken and we're back to buying what automakers know will sell. After much whining from performance enthusiasts, the rear-wheel-drive 2008 Pontiac G8 GT is finally here and at first glance is packing almost everything we wanted. Will GM be made to look like the pushover parent and left paying the bill for this Aussie import while customers shift their attention on to the next big thing, or will the G8 turn out to be the toy we never tire of? Read on to find out. %Gallery-21415% All photos © 2008 John Neff / Weblogs, Inc. Unlike GM's newest all stars, the Cadillac CTS and Chevy Malibu, the Pontiac G8 is not a new product developed specifically for North America. It is technically an import from Australia; a rebadged version of the rear-wheel-drive Commodore VE sedan on loan from Holden, GM's Australian division. We've been down this road before with the Holden Monaro-based GTO sold from 2004 – 2006. Enthusiasts promised GM that the GTO would be a big hit, but we didn't buy them in big numbers. Apparently all is forgiven, as GM's back again with the G8. Forgettable styling is not an issue with the G8 as it was with the GTO. Pontiac designers took the stately form of the Commodore VE and added their own corporate face with recessed twin grilles and a split lower air intake incorporating a pair of fog lamps. The hood features sporty nostrils that are semi-functional, meaning that while they don't redirect air directly into the engine, they do allow it to pass into the engine compartment to aid cooling. The integrated chin spoiler, subtle side skirts, and tasteful wing placed atop the rear deck ensure that this Pontiac won't be mistaken for a Saturn, and the G8 wears its fender flares like a muscle shirt pulled tight over a set of standard 18-inch, five-spoke wheels. The Ignition Orange color of our tester was also a pleasant surprise, and those body-color door handles are like finger nail polish that matches the dress. Open the G8's unusually light doors and you'll encounter this sedan's biggest target for criticism: its interior. Being sourced from Australia, the G8's switchgear is not from the familiar GM parts bin, though it feels fine to the touch. Our tester came equipped with the Premium Package that also adds padded leather to the center armrest, shift lever and door panels, which nicely offsets the two …
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2008 G8 Overview

2008 Pontiac G8 GT – Click above for high-res image gallery As a tyke I staged an all-out assault on my parents' better judgment for a G.I. Joe hovercraft. Not three months had passed following their surrender when I ransomed my mischievousness for the next toy my happiness hinged upon. Oh, that hovercraft? Forgotten. The auto industry works the same way. We often convince automakers that we'll buy every cool car they'd make if they would just grow a pair and build 'em. They do their part and then... we don't. The trust is broken and we're back to buying what automakers know will sell. After much whining from performance enthusiasts, the rear-wheel-drive 2008 Pontiac G8 GT is finally here and at first glance is packing almost everything we wanted. Will GM be made to look like the pushover parent and left paying the bill for this Aussie import while customers shift their attention on to the next big thing, or will the G8 turn out to be the toy we never tire of? Read on to find out. %Gallery-21415% All photos © 2008 John Neff / Weblogs, Inc. Unlike GM's newest all stars, the Cadillac CTS and Chevy Malibu, the Pontiac G8 is not a new product developed specifically for North America. It is technically an import from Australia; a rebadged version of the rear-wheel-drive Commodore VE sedan on loan from Holden, GM's Australian division. We've been down this road before with the Holden Monaro-based GTO sold from 2004 – 2006. Enthusiasts promised GM that the GTO would be a big hit, but we didn't buy them in big numbers. Apparently all is forgiven, as GM's back again with the G8. Forgettable styling is not an issue with the G8 as it was with the GTO. Pontiac designers took the stately form of the Commodore VE and added their own corporate face with recessed twin grilles and a split lower air intake incorporating a pair of fog lamps. The hood features sporty nostrils that are semi-functional, meaning that while they don't redirect air directly into the engine, they do allow it to pass into the engine compartment to aid cooling. The integrated chin spoiler, subtle side skirts, and tasteful wing placed atop the rear deck ensure that this Pontiac won't be mistaken for a Saturn, and the G8 wears its fender flares like a muscle shirt pulled tight over a set of standard 18-inch, five-spoke wheels. The Ignition Orange color of our tester was also a pleasant surprise, and those body-color door handles are like finger nail polish that matches the dress. Open the G8's unusually light doors and you'll encounter this sedan's biggest target for criticism: its interior. Being sourced from Australia, the G8's switchgear is not from the familiar GM parts bin, though it feels fine to the touch. Our tester came equipped with the Premium Package that also adds padded leather to the center armrest, shift lever and door panels, which nicely offsets the two …Hide Full Review