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    Pontiac G8 GT Show Car 2007

    (from General Motors Press Release)

    Designed for enthusiasts who are passionate about performance, the all-new Pontiac G8 performance sedan – arriving at dealerships in early 2008 – is the first North American application of GM’s new global rear-wheel-drive architecture. The V8-powered G8 GT SEMA Edition was displayed at the ’07 SEMA Show with a host of tuner-inspired custom touches, including a hot orange paint scheme with matching leather seat inserts, door panels and instrument panel pad.

    Under the hood is the production 6.0L V-8, rated at 361 horsepower (268 kW) and 385 lb.-ft. of torque (520 Nm). A six-speed automatic transmission with Driver Shift Control backs the powerful small-block engine and complements a four-wheel independent suspension outfitted with unique 20-inch wheels and performance tires.

    The G8 GT SEMA Edition car is equipped with production equipment that includes:

    Standard ABS and traction control augmented by high-performance HSV brakes

    Electronic stability control

    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

    OnStar with available Turn-by-Turn navigation

    Power-adjustable front seats

    Fog lamps

    Quad polished stainless steel exhaust tips

    Rear lip spoiler

    Augmenting the SEMA Edition is a series of modifications, including:

    Custom orange exterior paint

    Orange-accented interior components, including seat inserts, door panels and instrument panel pad

    Enhanced brake package with drilled and slotted rotors

    Lowered performance suspension package

    Twenty-inch wheels with performance tires

    The G8 has a progressive styling package highlighted by strong Pontiac design cues, such as a dual-port grille, fog lamps, bold wheels and a confident, wheels-at-the-corners stance. The car’s design accents Pontiac’s performance lineage, with fenders that flare over the wheels, seemingly hugging the wide tires and enhancing its athletic stance.

    Distinctive elements include hood scoops and front fender vents, as well as projector-beam headlamps housed in crystal-clear lenses. At the rear, taillamps feature bright detail work surrounding the red lighting elements.
    Engine = 6 liter V8
    Aspiration = natural
    Torque = 385 lb-ft
    HP = 361 hp
    HP/Liter = 60.2 hp per liter

    Pontiac G8 GT #1
    "Horsepower sells motor cars, but torque wins motor races."
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    Wow, the spec is almost as good as the Holden, and you almost can't tell it's the same car! Seriously though, I think I'd still go and spend about ten grand on an old Trans-am and some quick mods. I know it has a live axle, and this is probably a lot more refined and higher in quality, but that seems to miss the point a little.

    P.S. The photo seems to show a standard H pattern manual of six speeds, any word on the availability?

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    Audi Killer?


    Cue Audi fanboism.
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    doesn't really seem like much of a show car, the only custom bit is the paint i would like the little boot lip spoiler to be an option here, though.
    Quote Originally Posted by bruxell View Post

    P.S. The photo seems to show a standard H pattern manual of six speeds, any word on the availability?
    for some reason there is a delay on the manual transmission, which seems wierd since holden shipped the manual from the word go.
    apparently GM is trying to fiddle with it for fuel economy? or something?
    Quote Originally Posted by baddabang View Post
    Audi Killer?


    Cue Audi fanboism.
    audi has nothing on this, for this price although i think it's more of a BMW 5 series competitor.
    Andreas Preuninger, Manager of Porsche High Performance Cars: "Grandmas can use paddles. They aren't challenging."

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    Finally.

    Something interesting from Pontiac.

    Way more interesting than the Aztec thingy from a couple years back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clutch-monkey View Post
    doesn't really seem like much of a show car, the only custom bit is the paint i would like the little boot lip spoiler to be an option here, though.

    for some reason there is a delay on the manual transmission, which seems wierd since holden shipped the manual from the word go.
    apparently GM is trying to fiddle with it for fuel economy? or something?

    audi has nothing on this, for this price although i think it's more of a BMW 5 series competitor.
    Maybe trying to beat the guzzler tax?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NSXType-R View Post
    from Pontiac.
    ...hardly
    it was actually me who killed vasilli zaitsev, heinz thorwald, carlos hatchcock, and simo hayha

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    Quote Originally Posted by blingbling View Post
    ...hardly
    I gotta give it to them though, this is about the best thing that happened to them in the last couple years.

    Australian muscle cars rock. I have no idea why Americans can't come up with anything Americans like and need to depend on another country's cars to make the brand look good. It's really stupid I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baddabang View Post
    Maybe trying to beat the guzzler tax?
    must be, i always thought manuals were more fuel efficient though. well, it's not as if the 6 speed auto will do badly in the meantime
    Quote Originally Posted by NSXType-R View Post
    I gotta give it to them though, this is about the best thing that happened to them in the last couple years.

    Australian muscle cars rock. I have no idea why Americans can't come up with anything Americans like and need to depend on another country's cars to make the brand look good. It's really stupid I think.
    punishment for not making the mustang and corvette in RHD
    Last edited by clutch-monkey; 10-31-2007 at 05:27 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clutch-monkey View Post
    doesn't really seem like much of a show car, the only custom bit is the paint i would like the little boot lip spoiler to be an option here, though.
    Or use one of these as the base?
    "A string is approximately nine long."
    Egg Nogg 02-04-2005, 05:07 AM

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    Quote Originally Posted by clutch-monkey View Post
    punishment for not making the mustang and corvette in RHD
    I think the Monaro is good enough as a muscle car. Besides, it looks better on your side of the Pacific anyway.

    In addition, the Ford offerings are way better on your side. You guys still get better cars than us. And ironically, it's an American car company. Really is strange that American car manufacturers doesn't save the best for its own country, like most other car manufacturers do in Europe and Asia.

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    imo it's because the AU market has always been highly competitive, so they had to cater exactly to the market to survive, in the US i think because it's a much larger market it is only in the past few years/decade starting to get as competitive - they could bank off patriotism a bit more as well.

    a fair few holden employees are american too, so maybe the they can do their thing a lot better when not directly under the bean counters
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    Worst media pics ever?

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    Dont give up hope, their will be more to come.
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    Remove the Pontiac Front clip - it looks awful.
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