|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2009 Pontiac G8
|GT SLP Firehawk Sedan||6.0L Supercharger V8||RWD||6A||4.3 sec||12.6 sec @ 115 mph||----/----/---- mpg||Car and Driver|
|GT SLP Firehawk Sedan||6.0L Supercharger V8||RWD||6A||4.0 sec||12.1 sec @ 124 mph||----/----/22.6 mpg||Motor Week|
|GXP Sedan||6.2L V8||RWD||6A||4.7 sec||13.3 sec @ 107 mph||13/20/14 mpg||Car and Driver|
|GXP Sedan||6.2L V8||RWD||6M||4.7 sec||13.3 sec @ 109 mph||13/20/16 mpg||Car and Driver|
|GXP Sedan||6.2L V8||RWD||6M||4.5 sec||13.0 sec @ 109.6 mph||13/20/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|GXP Sedan||6.2L V8||RWD||6M||5.0 sec||13.2 sec @ 112 mph||13/20/22.6 mpg||Motor Week|
2008 Pontiac G8
|GT Sedan||6.0L V8||RWD||6A||5.2 sec||13.8 sec @ 104 mph||15/24/16 mpg||Car and Driver|
|GT Sedan||6.0L V8||RWD||6A||5.3 sec||13.8 sec @ 104 mph||15/24/16 mpg||Car and Driver|
|GT Sedan||6.0L V8||RWD||6A||5.3 sec||13.8 sec @ 102.8 mph||15/24/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|GT Sedan||6.0L V8||RWD||6A||5.6 sec||14.1 sec @ 100.8 mph||15/24/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|Lingenfelter GT Sedan||6.0L Supercharger V8||RWD||6A||4.4 sec||12.8 sec @ 112 mph||----/----/12 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Sedan||3.6L V6||RWD||5A||7.0 sec||15.4 sec @ 92 mph||17/25/17 mpg||Car and Driver|
About Pontiac G8
The Pontiac G8 didn’t last all that long, but you can’t blame the car for that. In fact, it’s considered one of the best US cars to bear the Pontiac name. But it was introduced in 2008, and went down with the ship when General Motors went bankrupt in 2009 and Pontiac didn’t survive the ordeal.
Nonetheless, if you’re looking for a used Pontiac G8, there are some to be found. In the two years of production, Pontiac sold more than 38,000 units of these excellent cars.
They should still run well, given that they’re mostly 7 years old. And as for future repairs, GM has promised to support all Pontiac cars through its existing service centers.
Pontiac was known as a performance brand, and the G8 truly exemplified that philosophy. It’s a rear-wheel drive platform available in 3 trims. The 5-speed automatic base model offered decent enough specs, with its 3.6L V6 giving you 256 HP and 248 pound feet of torque. The 6-speed automatic midlevel GT came with a 6L V8 with 361 HP and 385 lb.-ft.
The top of the line was the GXP, which was available in 6-speed automatic or an optional 6-speed manual. It only came out in 2009, but it really had a lot of fans drooling over it. It gave the same amount of 385 pound feet of torque as the GT, but you also get 415 HP. This made it the most powerful model that Pontiac ever released for the public. According to Pontiac stats and mostly confirmed by Car and Driver tests, it took 4.7 seconds to reach 60 mph, and about 13.3 seconds at 109 mph to finish a quarter mile.
Driving the G8
Once you get your hands around that substantial steering wheel wrapped in leather and you get on the road, the feeling seems very familiar if you’ve already spent some time in muscle cars. The ride is firm, exhaust rumbles nicely, and the torque is satisfying.
On all models, the G8 got the balance right between sportiness and comfort. The suspension was firm, yet you don’t really feel the imperfections of the road. While it’s true that you won’t be able to ignore the considerable size and weight of the car, it still handled very well for a full-size model, and you also offer a truly comfortable ride for your passengers.
The best one is clearly the GXP, as its suspension setup (which GM designates as the FE3 package) was tuned with hot laps on the famed Nurburgring track. The shock and spring settings on the GXP are 20% firmer than the more accommodating FE2-level setup in the base and GT trims. The GXP also features 18 mm front antiroll bars and 22 mm rear antiroll bars.
On tight and twisty roads, the GXP really shows you what it can do. The steering wheel feels comfortably weighty, which lets you to accurate point the car in the direction you want to go. With the P245/40R19 performance tires and the FE3 suspension, you get serious grip on the road along the way. And don’t worry about stopping when you have to, since the Brembo brakes, 14-in. four-piston caliper front, 12.76-in. single-piston rear can all provide the stopping power you need.
For the GXP manual transmission, you get 20 mpg for highway driving and 14 for the city. Add another mile to that for the automatic. But for city driving, you may dip to 11 mpg if you tend to really speed up.
Standard equipment for the G8 included 18-inch wheels, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, power front seats, and a CD sound system with 7 speakers and an auxiliary audio jack. In the 2009 model you also get satellite radio.
For the GT, there’s also a limited-slip differential and dual-zone automatic climate control. Your music comes courtesy of a premium sound system with a 6-CD changer. Options include 19-inch wheels.
The GXP offered 19-inch wheels and a unique front fascia as standard. There’s also the upgraded sport-tuned suspension. For additional options, you can get a sunroof, heated front seats, and leather upholstery available in two-tone colors.
The materials were satisfyingly of high quality, and the layout may remind you of Audi. In 2008 the G8 featured some weird-looking oil pressure and battery voltage gauges at the top of the center console, but in 2009 they just replaced it with a small storage compartment
It’s a great buy if you’re looking for a sporty used car that doesn’t look like every other car on the road. It’s affordable, it offers lots of room, the amenities are modern enough, and it provides some excitement. Basically, you have muscle car performance combined with sport sedan handling, with a driving experience that perfectly balanced comfort and firmness.
To learn more about Pontiac automobiles, visit the official Pontiac website.
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