Pontiac's Chicago Auto Show
focus is an all-new, rear-wheel drive performance saloon, dubbed the Pontiac G8. "With the balance of rear-wheel drive and the availability of V8 power, the G8 represents another step in Pontiac's commitment to its performance DNA," said John Larson, Pontiac general manager.
The G8 is the first North American application of GM's new global rear-wheel drive architecture developed by Holden, GM's Australian subsidiary. The G8 show car unveiled at the show is representative of the production GT model, including use of the 362-horsepower 6-litre V8 engine and optional six-speed manual transmission.
The 2008 Pontiac G8 line-up 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 aluminium wheels (19-inch wheels available with Sport package), seat-mounted thorax air bags and dual-stage air bags for front passengers (with automatic passenger sensing system), roof rail side impact air bags for both seating rows, OnStar, XM Satellite Radio, power-adjustable front seats, fog lamps, chrome exhaust tips and a rear lip spoiler.
A Sport package will be available for both models and adds features such as specific wheels - including 19-inch aluminium wheels and performance tyres on the GT - a rear wing spoiler, leather shift knob, leather-wrapped steering wheel and alloy pedals. Both models will be available in US dealerships in early 2008.
Pontiac last sold a rebadged Holden in the previous GTO, which was also sold in Britain as the Vauxhall Monaro
. Hopes are high for a European version of the new car too.
Paul Shippey - 8 Feb 2007