2008 Pontiac G8 GT Review

Posted on 04. Apr, 2008 by in Auto News

The first time GM tries to create a BMW 3-Series fighter, we got the Cadillac Cimarron. After 27 years of trying again (and again and again) to take on the rear-wheel drive driver's car, we have a rebadged Australian import that goes by the name of Pontiac G8. No question: the G8 is a far better car than the Cimarron (what modern car which is not). But it's still not a 3-series. Frankly, it is not clear what it is.

The G8 body sides could no longer purely E46 if it was written in Chinese. Sure some hood were added at the eleventh hour offer fauxpenings Pontiac "character." But look at this car a thousand times, and it still does not look like a Pontiac. The pages are very clean, the proportions of iron too narrow for Detroit. (Or post-Bangle BMW, for that matter.). And as with Chinese knock-offs, can not such a close copy hope to have its own identity

Many enthusiasts pine for the day when BMW interior for the drive, with a firm have been developed if unflashy materials, minimalist lines and no gimmicks. Welcome to the cabin of the G8. Someone Down Under it seems her personal mission to squeeze all the power windows, power lock and power mirrors. Controls in a compact module on the center console (. As already seen in the GTO, there are ergonomic, and then there are Aussie ergonomics) As a result, the front door trim button-free, you can not cleaner than that

One thing that has not copied GM: the dimensions of an E46. People who have seen the G8 only images often think it is the size of a 3-series, or maybe a 5-series. In fact, the G8 is the regular wheelbase 7 closest. For GM, bigger is always better met. Is there a better way to improve on the 3-Series as a 20-inch length and a half feet rel add?

Of course, for buyers seeking a spacious saloon in the room will be welcome. The comfortable high-back seat cushion easily transport three adults, and the trunk can swallow any luggage. The entire rear seat does not fold, but the center pass-through provides a larger opening than some folding seats.

When behind the wheel, a relatively high seating position, and a driver-oriented design helps the largest Pontiac feel smaller than it is. It does not feel like a 3, but it does not look like a Dodge Charger feel either. A 5 maybe. Even some of the world's most powerful A-pillars (no room in the budget for high-strength steel?) Do not ruin the piston head party.

The G8 GT rear-wheel drive chassis feels almost balanced like a BMW. The tail may be smooth, controlled by gas-turns without the standard stability control killing of joy. There are more kickback through the steering feel than desirable road, but at least there is road feel-something that can be fewer cars said in the post-Lexus age. Body control is taut and precise, with very little in the way of clumsy slop.

With such a firm standard suspension comfort is not a G8 strength, even with the 18-inch tires (also less compliant Nineteens are optional). Think 3, with the sports package. Hardcore enthusiasts will not feel every bump. But the rest of the driving population? Sell this, complain to Avis and tenants. Apparently, GM has (finally) bought its own hype, and created a Pontiac suitable only for enthusiasts.

If there is something American about the G8 GT is the 361-hp 6.0-liter V8. Except this is more subtle than the typical American pushrod V8. This configuration cuts in both directions. They are not to be confused for the L76 is a high-winding DOHC unit, but it does not seem out of place in such an otherwise European car. The downside? While the G8 GT is undoubtedly quickly when to plant your right foot, you have to rely on the high-speed needle for this info. It would take me. Faster with a visceral engine

If only the six-speed automatic was a willing partner, it often resists downshifting. The best slushboxes smoothly select the optimum ratio before the driver is aware that he calls for a new corridor. This is not one of those cog swapper.

Besides the fact that a car is larger, GM will be counted to make it cheaper. In this case, you will receive a 7-size 5-handling 3-looking 361-horsepower sedan for the price of one 1 and one on the 128i.

While not clearly a Pontiac, the G8 is clearly a bargain for anyone who is looking for a super-sized, rod-powered, two-ton 3-series. Unless the 15/24 on the window sticker deters even this amount, GM will sell everything you care to lose money. (The Australian dollar near parity with the dollar? Got injured.). With a clearer identity, less spartan interior and more compliant suspension, there would be less need to support in-GM traditional fashion on a low price