There's no missing the 2008 G6's Pontiac family resemblance. The traditional split front grille traces its lineage back nearly six decades to the early 1950s.
The 2008 Pontiac G6 is a carryover design from 2007. It's available in sedan and coupe models, as well as the retractable hardtop convertible like we the one we drove.
The G6's impressive retractable steel roof separates into two sections and stows neatly away beneath the rear trunk lid. The complete transformation from coupe to convertible is accomplished in less than 30 seconds with the push of a single button.
Engine/transmission choices range from a 164 horsepower 2.4 liter inline-4 found on the base sedan, to the up-rated 3.9 liter V6 that produces 227 horsepower and 235 pound feet of torque. The larger engine can be mated to either a six speed manual or the four-speed/sequential automatic.
For 2008 a GXP trim has been added, boasting a 252 horsepower 3.6 liter V6 linked to a Hydra-matic 6-speed automatic transmission.
EPA estimated fuel economy ranges from 15 miles per gallon city with the 3.9 liter engine, up to 30 miles per gallon with the in-line four.
Opting for the "Sport Package" to get the larger engine also means the G6 will also come equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels and Pontiac's "StabiliTrak" vehicle handling system that modulates throttle and braking input to maintain control on slick surfaces.
Four-wheel discs with ABS and traction control provide braking for all models in the G6 line-up.
The G6's well-appointed interior features a leather wrapped steering wheel, which provides controls for the audio system that includes Satellite radio, 6-disc-in-dash-CD changer and a high performance 8-speaker sound system. Heated seats are optional. Front and side impact airbags are standard.
Base MSRP for the 2008 Pontiac G6 is $19,750. The GT Convertible that we tested starts at $29,910 with a nicely equipped version coming in at just about $32,000.
With a one-button steel convertible top and the availability of a 3.9 liter V6 power plant, this coupe/convertible could be the answer to the age old question: Hard top... or convertible?