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Built in Australia by Holden factory, the Pontiac G8 crossed the Oceans and landed in America, trying to revive the former glorious brand.

But then, the financial crisis struck, and the whole brand went extinct not before customers could enjoy this Australian/European/American muscle car-inspired four-door sedan. The car was built on top of an older platform used in Europe for Opel and Vauxhall, in Australia for the Holden Commodore, and in the U.S. for the G8. It was, actually, a brand-engineering product.

The car's exterior didn't look like an ordinary sedan fit for families, even though it was perfectly capable of doing that. Its front fascia sported an aggressive bumper with a wide air-dam at the bottom, split in half by a vertical slat in the middle. The upper grille was also designed in Pontiac-specific styling. Last but not least, to emphasize the car's performance-inspired character, the hood sported two louvers that made the vehicle looks even more aggressive.

Inside, Holden installed high-bolstered front bucket seats separated by a tall center console. Depending on the options, the G8 featured an infotainment unit with a touch-screen mounted on the center stack. Even the dashboard featured a similar design to the one from the Commodore, with a rounded visor above the instrument cluster, where the carmaker placed four dials and a center TFT display. At the back, there was room enough for two passengers.

Under the hood, GM dropped a 3.6-liter V6 which didn't match the car's aggressive look, but it also offered a 6.0-liter V8 that could smoke the tires. Later on, Pontiac introduced a more powerful version named GXP, which featured a Corvette engine.

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PONTIAC G8 2007 - 2009
  2 gasoline engines
  • 3.6L V6 5AT (261 HP)
  • 6.0L V8 6AT (370 HP)

PONTIAC G8 3.6L V6 5AT (261 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.6L V6 5AT (261 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
3564 cm3
Power
194 KW @ 6300 RPM
261 HP @ 6300 RPM
260 BHP @ 6300 RPM
Torque
250 lb-ft @ 3200 RPM
339 Nm @ 3200 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
245/45R18
DIMENSIONS
Length
196.1 in (4981 mm)
Width
74.8 in (1900 mm)
Height
57.7 in (1466 mm)
Front/rear Track
67.2/63.3 in (1,707/1,608 mm)
Wheelbase
114.8 in (2916 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.3 in (109 mm)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.31
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3885 lbs (1762 kg)

PONTIAC G8 6.0L V8 6AT (370 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  6.0L V8 6AT (370 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
5967 cm3
Power
270 KW @ 5700 RPM
370 HP @ 5700 RPM
362 BHP @ 5700 RPM
Torque
391 lb-ft @ 4400 RPM
530 Nm @ 4400 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
245/45R18
DIMENSIONS
Length
196.1 in (4981 mm)
Width
74.8 in (1900 mm)
Height
57.7 in (1466 mm)
Front/rear Track
67.2/63.3 in (1,707/1,608 mm)
Wheelbase
114.8 in (2916 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.3 in (109 mm)
Cargo Volume
17.5 cuFT (496 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.31
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3995 lbs (1812 kg)
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