Acceleration and handling; aggressive sport-sedan appearance.
The Pontiac G8 sport sedan comes in two models for 2009: the G8 and G8 GT. The G8 comes with a 256-horsepower, 3.6L V6 with variable valve timing, while the G8 GT steps up to a 6.0L V8 making 361 horsepower and 385 lb-ft of torque. The V6 is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission and the V8 is mated to a six-speed automatic with manual shift mode. A six-speed manual is reportedly a possible mid-year addition. The V8 uses the Active Fuel Management system, which saves fuel while coasting or cruising by temporarily shutting off half of the cylinders.
The G8's suspension has a four-wheel independent design and is adjustable, front and rear, in several different ways to provide tailored suspension tuning. Powerful four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock are standard on the G8; they're vented in front on both models, but the G8's brakes are even larger to handle additional braking needs.
The interior features a cockpit-like instrument panel, dressed up with satin and chrome trim plus Pontiac-signature red lighting. Well-bolstered sport seats are ready to offer firm support in cornering with good overall comfort. Optional on the G8 GT model is a two-tone cloth or leather combination, which brings black seats with red or blue inserts and color-matched instrument faces. From the outside, there's quite a bit of attention to design details; for instance, in back on GT models there are clear taillight lenses and quad chrome exhaust tips, while all G8s have projector-beam headlamps, fog lamps, and an aggressive front fascia.
The G8 GT also piles on more luxury features, including dual-zone climate control and an 11-speaker Blaupunkt audio system with MP3-compatible six-disc changer and big LCD color display. Bluetooth and XM satellite radio round out the notable standard items.
On the safety front, seat-mounted thorax air bags are standard, as are roof-mounted side curtain air bags that cover front and rear outboard occupants. Electronic stability control is also included, as is traction control.
Major options include a Sport Package, available on both models, which brings larger 19-inch aluminum wheels, summer performance tires, leather trim, and alloy pedals A Premium Package includes leather upholstery, leather trim, and heated power front seats.
The 2009 Pontiac G8 enters its second year of production with a longer list of standard equipment. All G8s now include Bluetooth, XM satellite radio, and traction control.
The 2009 Pontiac G8 straddles the line between sophisticated sport sedan and buff muscle car, offering handling that's better than many rivals but with firm yet comfortable touring comfort. Compared with pricier European sport sedans, it is an especially strong value.
Vehicle Price: 29,000.00
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