Indeed, they did make some attractive models – like the Firebird and GTO – but also had some magnificent failures, such as the Aztek. There were also lots of inbetweeners, neither great nor outright failures. In my opinion, the latest evolution of the 'G' series, aka the full-size G8 sedan, was one of them.
It was produced by Holden in Australia as a rebadged Commodore and then exported as the Pontiac G8 to America in left-hand drive form. Built on the GM Zeta platform, it was casually related to the Buick Park Avenue, Chevy Camaro plus Caprice, and the Holden Statesman from late 2007 to the summer of 2009.
However, its potential evolution with the 3.0-liter LY7 V6, plus 6.0L and 6.2-liter LS3 V8, was cut short abruptly when General Motors decided to suspend its Pontiac brand, and it never really fulfilled its promise of taking over the reins from the Pontiac Bonneville and Grand Prix. Well, at least not in the real world.
It's a different thing with the imaginative realm of digital car content creators, where everything and anything can be brought back to life, even if we don't want it revived. A good example comes from this virtual artist, better known as tuningcar_ps on social media, who likes to CGI-play with simple yet quirky stuff, such as a new generation of the departed Scion tC or this Pontiac G8 resurrection, for a second time.
The pixel master initially reinvented the Pontiac G8 with a straightforward nose job – subtly adapting the quirky cues of the Australia-born full-size performance sedan to today's perception of car style. Naturally, it was gifted with a V8, and the pixel master even pushed the boundaries of logic by making it a crimson G8 Type S fitted with a V10 engine!
However, luckily, the author wasn't yet satisfied with the result. As such, now we have a second POV to assess the CGI reinvention – the traditional rear three-quarter look. And I have to say, the digital situation has improved tremendously, making this hypothetical 2025 Pontiac G8 rebirth a worthy heir to GM's performance sedan lineage. And, hey, it didn't even need the unconventional V10 swap to make it enjoyable this time!