We can't wait to get our hands on the 2008 HUMMER H3 Alpha, because the other GM trucks we've driven that are equipped with the 5.3L V8 all make all the right sounds and pack the kind of punch you'd expect in a vehicle as butch-looking as the entry-level HUMMER. That probably won't happen 'till late summer, however, so we had to make do with an up-close inspection of one at the New York Auto Show in the meantime.
The example on display at the Javits Center is a lightly accessorized version (note the grille guard and roof lights... those are not standard equipment) that looks great in that gray color, which also happens to be new for '08. Inside, it's no different than other loaded, Luxury Package-equipped H3s, save for the Alpha badge on the steering wheel and the embroidered Alpha insignias on the headrests. The light khaki-colored interior on the display vehicle is very easy on the eyes, but the most welcome sight comes when you pop the hood to reveal a 295-horsepower V8. Who knew three more cylinders could be so exciting?
Check out our original coverage of the 2008 HUMMER H3 Alpha here, and peruse high-res pics from the show floor by clicking below.