|Large car; Built in Australia|
|Good condition price range: $16,500 – $27,000*|
2009 Pontiac G8 Front
2009 Pontiac G8 Rear
2008 Pontiac G8 Interior
2008 Pontiac G8 Profile
Any G8 is on the sporty end of the full-size-car class, with potent engines, balanced handling, and a roomy interior. The V8 is the better value, with appreciably stronger performance offsetting only slight penalties in price (when new) and fuel economy.
Introduced for 2008, the Pontiac G8 sedan marked the return of a large, rear-wheel-drive car to GM’s performance-oriented division. Available as either a base model or sporty GT, the G8 shared its basic design with large cars from GM’s Australian Holden subsidiary. The base sedan came with a 256-horsepower 3.6-liter V6, while the GT held a 361-horsepower 6.0-liter V8. A five-speed automatic transmission was standard on the base model, while the GT got a six-speed automatic. A manual gearbox for the GT was expected, but failed to materialize.
Exterior appearance was similar for base and GT models, with the most obvious differences being chrome-trimmed door handles, clear taillamp lenses, and four exhaust tips on the GT. Standard safety features included antilock brakes, traction control, an antiskid system, curtain side airbags, and front side airbags. GM’s OnStar assistance also was standard. A Sport package for the GT included metal-faced pedals, a sport steering wheel, and 19-inch tires on alloy wheels (replacing the usual 18-inch rubber). Both models could have a Premium Package that added leather upholstery and heated front seats. Rivals included the Dodge Charger, Hyundai Genesis, Nissan Maxima, and Chrysler 300.
A new high-performance GXP model debuted for 2009 with a 402-horsepower, 6.2-liter V8 engine and six-speed automatic transmission. A six-speed manual gearbox was optional. The GXP sedan had a performance suspension with 19-inch wheels and unique exterior styling. In addition to the GXP, the G8 remained available in base and GT trims. Satellite radio and a wireless cell-phone link were newly standard on all 2009 G8 models.
In spring 2009, as General Motors faced financial crisis, the company announced that its Pontiac division would be phased out by the end of 2010, leaving only four “core” GM brands.