Pontiac G8

In the early 1900s, Pontiac had a beginning full of strife and struggle. In fact, the company came about almost by trial and error. It started with the Pontiac Buggy Company located in Michigan. This company was owned by Edward Murphy, who, like so many other buggy makers of the time, wanted to explore the idea of manufacturing automobiles. At this point, Alanson Brush offered Murphy his design for a two-cylinder car. Interestingly enough, Cadillac had rejected the design. Murphy accepted the offer, and together, he and Brush named their creation the ?Oakland.?

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Pontiac G8 Origins

As it turns out, the Oakland didn’t sell very well, but that didn’t stop the duo from trying another design. This time, in 1909, the company offered a four-cylinder car with the capability of 40 hp. Sales increased, and the company began to see a change in its fortunes. It’s unfortunate that Edward Murphy didn’t get to see his automotive dreams come true. The founder died unexpectedly before the sales improvements were noted.

To this day, Pontiac continues to offer diverse vehicles to the public. The G8 is one of the company’s most popular options.

About the Pontiac G8

The Pontiac name is known for being the driving and performance division of the GM family. It only stands to reason that the G8, as part of this family, would be known as a powerhouse of a car as well. The G8 line is popular for its large sedan body and impeccable powertrain and luxurious options. While it's suitable as a sedate family or business car, it certainly has the power to make it something far more substantial, especially to the car or driving fan. Most of G8s offer a well-equipped, V-6 engine for energy sufficiency on the road.

In addition to having plenty of power under the hood, the G8 family of cars is also well known for its appearance. There is no questioning the sports car aspects of the G8 when a consumer explores its body style and cabin design. Depending on the trim level, buyers also find the interior to be attractive and comfortable. All of the G8 models are equipped with an easy-to-see and use instrument panel to make driving a more pleasurable experience.

Pontiac G8 Features

GM and Pontiac offered the G8 sedan one last time in 2009. Like its earlier version, this sedan was fully equipped with all of the precision mechanics Pontiac could conceivably put in it. Body style and interior cabin design certainly weren’t lacking either.

In the 2009 model year, Pontiac released the G8 in three trim levels: the base model, GT, and the GXP. The base model offered plenty of extras, such as satellite radio, 18-inch alloy wheels, and a rear spoiler that added plenty of style to the car’s appearance.

The GT trim level was impressive as well with even more options to add to the powerful, six-liter, V-8 engine and six-speed automatic transmission. Buyers could choose from a limited slip rear differential, dual zone automatic climate control, and summer performance tires.

The most luxurious of the 2009 G8 family was definitely the GXP edition. This model was every car lover’s dream with plenty of power under the hood. The GXP trim level also offered leather upholstery, sunroof, and sport steering wheel options.

Pontiac G8 Evolution

Due to hard economic times in 2008, Pontiac was only able to offer the G8 in the 2008 and 2009 model years. Buyers looking for a used model only have those options. In both model years, the G8 cars were designed in a similar manner and both offer plenty of good looks and power for the buyer, but not so much in terms of gas economy.

The 2008 Pontiac G8 features a 3.6-liter, V-6 engine or the larger six-liter V-8 in the mid-level trim option. Neither engine is especially good on gas, but they do deliver quite an impact in regards to speed and performance. In the 2008 model, Pontiac equipped the G8 with a five-speed automatic in the base model, and the upgraded GT offered a six-speed automatic or the option of a six-speed manual transmission system. Thanks to all of the precision mechanics, not only is the G8 known for its speed, it also does well on the road with a relatively smooth, comfortable ride for such a powerful sedan.

Select a Pontiac G8 Year

2009 Pontiac G8
ESTIMATED RESALE: $14,536

MPG
13-25
Seats
5

2008 Pontiac G8

Midsize, Sedan


The 2008 Pontiac G8 is a full-size four-door sedan with serious muscle car ambitions.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $12,879

MPG
15-25
Seats
5

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