Pontiac G8: Fast, Truly Unique, and Australian!
July 16, 2018
I owned the 6.0 V8 GT-Sport version.
This car is both a BMW-esque daily driver, and an adrenaline pumping track car. There is so much I could write about how much fun it is to drive and how many people I have caught staring at it. I love this car.
Practical functionality of a sedan that can carry your groceries at 155mph (computer limited)
Awesome, comfortable seats
Beautiful proportions and body lines, very unique
Designed by Holden (GM-Australia) to replicate the 2001 BMW M5
Track-ready RWD, perfectly balanced 51/49 front/rear weight balance
It's not very much fun to drive slowly -- the car feels heavy and slow at low rpms
Not much for creature comfort
A TERRIBLE stock stereo -- to change it, a special HVAC kit must be purchased to replace the integrated HVAC in the stock head unit
The dash can get hot enough to melt itself in the sun -- strange that they designed it that way in Australia!
The EPA 14/24 is very optimistic.
The 4-cylinder fuel-saver mode pretty much ruins the car's throttle response (it can be turned off with a cheap handheld tuner)
Whether you are looking for a cheap BMW-esque sport sedan, or a car with a Corvette powertrain, or a car that just feels special, look no further than the Pontiac G8!