Behind the wheel of the Pontiac G8, Holden's latest export to the United States.
The 2008 Pontiac G8 lineup will offer two models: G8 and G8 GT. Each will come with a host of standard performance, convenience and safety features, including:
Four-wheel independent suspension
Four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and traction control
Electronic stability control
18-inch aluminum wheels (19-inch wheels available with sport package)
Seat-mounted thorax air bags and dual-stage frontal air bags for front passengers, with automatic passenger sensing system
Roof rail side-impact air bags for both seating rows
XM Satellite Radio
Power-adjustable front seats
Chrome Exhaust tips
Rear lip spoiler
A sport package will be available for both models and adds features such as specific wheels including 19-inch aluminum wheels and performance tires on GT a rear wing spoiler, leather shift knob, leather-wrapped steering wheel and alloy pedals.
Distinctive elements include hood scoops and front fender vents, as well as projector-beam headlamps housed in crystal-clear lenses. At the rear, jewel-like taillamps also are mounted in housings and feature bright detail work surrounding the red lighting elements. G8 models have red taillamp lenses and twin chrome Exhaust outlets, while G8 GT models feature clear taillamp lenses and quad chrome Exhaust tips. All models have an antenna mounted at the rear of the roof.
The base G8 model receives a 3.6L DOHC V-6 with variable valve timing, rated at 261 horsepower (194 kW). It is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode.
The G8 GT is powered by a uniquely configured 6.0L small-block V-8, rated at 362 horsepower (270 kW) and 391 lb.-ft. of torque (530 Nm). A six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode is standard and features the fuel-saving Active Fuel Management system, which enhances fuel economy by alternating between eight- and four-cylinder power. An optional six-speed manual transmission will be available soon after launch.
A limited-slip rear differential is standard with GT models.
A 114.8-inch (2915 mm) wheelbase, wide front ( 62.7 inches / 1592 mm) and rear ( 63.3 inches / 1608 mm) tracks, and a fully adjustable, four-wheel independent suspension system combine to give the G8 a confident, sharp driving experience.
The four-wheel independent suspension system employs a MacPherson strut design in the front and a four-link coil-over-shock design in the rear. Tuning is specific between the base and GT models, but both models use a direct-acting front stabilizer bar, decoupled rear stabilizer bar and lateral ball joints on the rear suspension. This system delivers increased lateral stiffness for enhanced handling.
The front suspension features fully adjustable caster, camber and toe; the rear suspension has fully adjustable camber and toe, which enables more precise, tailored suspension tuning.
A four-wheel disc brake system includes standard anti-lock and traction control features and is partnered with a standard electronic stability control system. Both the base and GT models feature vented front and rear disc rotors, with twin-piston alloy calipers in front; the rear brakes feature alloy calipers with single-piston actuation. The brakes are approximately one-inch larger on the higher-performance GT model.
Designed to meld form and function with world-class fit and finish, the G8's interior delivers both comfort and convenience, packaged in a level of sophistication not often found in its price range. A driver-oriented instrument cluster positions the gauges for easy, direct line of sight; an electronic driver information center is located between the large, round tachometer and speedometer.
Attention to detail includes jewel-like instruments, selective use of satin and chrome trim and rich-feeling, grained textures throughout. The instrument cluster glows with crisp, white light on the primary instruments and Pontiac 's signature red lighting illuminates the rest of the instrument panel cluster.
The seats offer firm support to hold occupants in place during aggressive cornering; all seats were designed to deliver excellent comfort during long drives. Cloth seating surfaces are standard, with heated leather seating available. G8 GT models will also offer an optional two-tone cloth or leather combination that pairs black with either red or blue inserts and color-matched instrument faces on certain exterior color combinations.
SUPERCHARGED PONTIAC G8 vs. GT500 vs. MUSTANG
A couple of G8's showed up to the East Texas Muscle Cars' Sunday Funday at Thunder Road Raceway Park in Gilliam, Louisiana.
Blue G8 - Magnacharger 1900, straight Exhaust with x-pipe and solo performance j bend Exhaust, Roto Fab intake, tuned by East Texas Muscle Cars.
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Pontiac G8 GT Vs. Ford Lightning
2008 Pontiac G8 GT Vs. 2001 Ford Lightning
Temperature was about 105 degrees during these runs. So we were both running pretty hot!
Pontiac G8 GT and GXP - Review / Transformation
This is a video review of a Pontiac G8 GT with Dave "DuBob" Richie. He's a former owner of a modified 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP, which is one of the nicest Grand Prixs in the country and won 1st place in several club contests. Dave is an active member on ClubGP and G8 Board. We definitely had some fun with this one, so I hope you'll enjoy it.
p.s. watch past the credits for some bloopers!
G8 GT vs. 06 GTO
On our way to the G.O.N.E. meet I spot a G8 GT in my rearview...quickly got the camcorder out. Sorry for the shaky camera work, this was really unexpected. The Brazen Orange GTO has headers, cam, and Exhaust, and was sort of playing around a little and then pulled on the G8 once he hit 4th gear. Note: I don't encourage this type of thing. heh.
2008 Pontiac G8 GT Start Up, Exhaust, and In Depth Tour
In this video I give a full in depth tour of a 2008 Pontiac G8 GT. I take viewers on a close look through the interior and exterior of this car while showing details, over viewing of features, and noting unique styling cues to the vehicle itself. I also show the engine and the details of it, start it up and see how it sounds under acceleration. A thorough tour/review of this car designed to give others a greater overall appreciation of the vehicle.
Worlds Fastest Pontiac G8 Twin Turbo by House of Boost
Worlds Fastest Pontiac G8 GT: Only mods to the car, House of Boost Twin turbo kit using Aerocharger turbos, Magnaflow Catback, CCW DragPack
No other mods to the car, no cam, no stall, no weight reduction.
Wicked fast spool time thanks to the Aerochargers VAIN technology. Not to mention the fact that they are self contained!
For more info go to: www.houseofBoost.com
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Pontiac G8 Test Drive
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Pontiac G8 GT Magnaflow exhaust with x-pipe
Pontiac G8 GT Magnaflow Exhaust with x-pipe. FYI, when you rev it up in Park or Neutral the limiter is only 4k RPM (thats what the popping noise is). sorry about the sound quality. its recorded with a normal camera which doesn't give a full range of sound. will try to get better footage with my video camera soon.
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