Well, the wait is over.The G8, the highly anticipated flagship to GM’s newly revived “performance-oriented” brand for the masses, debuted at the Chicago Auto Show this week. To show that GM is serious with Pontiac’s new role, the G8 is rear-wheel drive, a must for any sports car. Same with a manual transmission for the GT trim though the first sedans to reach dealerships will be equipped with six-speed automatics.Engines include a 3.6-liter V6, five-speed automatic that generates 261 horsepower as well as the 6.0 liter V8 and its 362 ponies. The latter will include GM’s cylinder deactivation system which shuts down up to four cylinders to improve gas mileage.
Interior shots of the show car show a thoroughly modern design, a move from the brand’s well-known driver-oriented, “cockpit”, multi-button layout. It’s unknown, though, how many of the design elements will make to the production model.The G8 will most likely replace the Grand Prix though GM has yet to give the official word. Pricing information will be released at a later date.Our take? Pontiacs have always been one of our favorite cars. We’re pleased as punch that the G8 is rear-wheel drive and can’t wait to start driving it. However, we’re divided on the styling. We found the Holden Commodore, which the G8 is based on, to be a modern yet non-descript sedan and feel the same about the Pontiac version. Yet our reaction to those hood scoops are even more extreme: half of us like them while the other half hopes Pontiac offers non-scoop version.Additional articles:
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