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Old 03-15-2008, 09:36 AM   #1
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Pontiac G8 GXP has been REVEALED!!!




I just can't F-ing believe they ACTUALLY released it! It's like a dream come true! Words. They fail me.

http://jalopnik.com/367820/2009-pont...l-transmission

Unbelievable!!!

"PONTIAC ANNOUNCES THE 2009 G8 GXP
High-Performance Flagship Combines Progressive Design and Powerful Performance

NEW YORK - Today Pontiac announced the flagship of its GXP performance series, the G8 GXP high-performance sedan, at the New York Auto Show. This 2009 model will join the Solstice, G6 and Torrent GXP models in Pontiac dealerships in late 2008. The G8 GXP takes the G8's responsive driving experience, refined passenger environment and aggressive good looks to a new level. It also delivers an enjoyable driving experience, thanks to a 6.2L V-8 that produces in excess of 400 horsepower.

"More than just raw power, the GXP delivers the sophisticated yet exciting driving experience that enthusiasts expect in a car costing far more than the GXP," said Jim Bunnell, Buick-Pontiac-GMC general manager

Engine performance

The heart of the G8 GXP is the 6.2L LS3 small-block V-8, currently rated at 402 horsepower (300 kW)* and 402 lb.-ft. of torque (546 Nm)* pending final SAE certification. This engine is the newest member of GM's small-block V-8 family. It features a revised, larger-bore cylinder block, high-flow, L92-style cylinder heads; larger-diameter pistons; unique camshaft and camshaft timing; revised valvetrain with offset intake rocker arms; high-flow intake manifold; and high-flow fuel injectors.

The LS3 engine has an aluminum cylinder block with cast-in-place iron cylinder liners. Larger bores help create a 376-cubic-inch displacement. The block casting also features revisions and machining in the bulkheads to enhance its strength and improve bay-to-bay breathing. New pistons were designed for high-rpm performance.

New, high-flow cylinder heads aid engine breathing and are based on the large port and valve design found on the LS7 engine and other GM L76 engines. The larger-capacity, straighter intake port-design optimizes intake flow to the combustion chamber, an effect augmented by large valves, measuring 2.16 inches (55.0 mm) on the intake side and 1.59 inches (40.4 mm) on the exhaust side.

Pending final testing, the G8 GXP is expected to deliver 0-to-60 mph performance of about 4.7 seconds, and a quarter-mile time of 13.0 seconds at 108 mph.

Six on the floor

A new six-speed Tremec TR6060 manual transmission is optional on the G8 GXP. This next-generation manual smoothly transfers the engine's power and torque to the rear wheels with a reduction in shift throw. The transmission features a host of refinements including premium gear synchronizers; stronger gears, housing, and bell housing; a single-piece counter shaft; and machined gear teeth.

The standard Hydra-Matic six-speed 6L80 automatic transmission is technologically advanced and robust. It uses a clutch-to-clutch operation and an integrated 32-bit transmission controller to deliver smooth and precise shifts. The six-speed has a generous 6.04:1 overall ratio that enables a "steep" first-gear. The result is strong launch acceleration along with "tall" overdrive ratios that lower engine rpms for better fuel economy and reduced noise.

A 3.27 final drive ratio comes with automatic-equipped GXPs, and a 3.70 gear is matched with the manual transmission. A limited-slip differential is standard.

High-performance suspension

The G8 GXP rides on the G8's 114.8-inch (2915 mm) wheelbase with wide front ( 62.7 inches / 1,592 mm) and rear ( 63.3 inches / 1,608 mm) tracks. The four-wheel independent suspension is fully adjustable and is tuned for the highest performance in the G8 family. The GXP's ride and handling was developed and validated on racetracks and highways around the world, including the famed Nürburgring racing circuit. It rewards the driver with sharp, immediate responses, as well as a well-balanced road feel during spirited driving.

The suspension employs a MacPherson strut design in the front and a four-link, coil-over-shock design in the rear. A direct-acting front stabilizer bar, decoupled rear stabilizer bar and lateral ball joints on the rear suspension deliver increased lateral stiffness for more responsive handling. The front suspension features fully adjustable caster, camber and toe; the rear suspension has fully adjustable camber and toe, for more precise tuning.

Steering and brakes

The steering rate for the GXP is tuned to provide immediate response with definitive driver feedback. Like the G8 sedan and GT, the GXP's steering box is located ahead of the front axle line for a quicker, more direct feel.

The Brembo braking system matches the GXP's boost in performance with an equivalent increase in stopping power. The system includes 14-inch (355 mm) vented front and 12.76-inch (324 mm) rear disc rotors, with special quad-piston alloy calipers in front. The alloy calipers on the rear brakes have single-piston actuation. The four-wheel disc brake system includes standard anti-lock brakes and traction control.

Wheels and tires

The GXP rides on 19-inch polished aluminum wheels with a special machined face. Performance-oriented summer P245/40R19 tires are standard, and a comparable all-season tire is available. Combined with the suspension and steering enhancements, this setup gives the GXP exceptional cornering grip.

Exterior styling

The G8 GXP exhibits strong Pontiac design cues. A unique front fascia with a lower splitter and a distinctive rear fascia diffuser contribute to its sporty look. The dual-port grille, fog lamps, bold wheels and confident, wheels-at-the-corners stance are all unmistakably Pontiac traits.

Interior amenities and comfort

The G8 GXP's interior is driver-oriented with aesthetic and tactile details like instruments with a sporty appearance that match the car's performance. Interior materials consist of satin and chrome trim and high-quality textured materials throughout. The instrument cluster glows with crisp, white light on the primary instruments. Pontiac's signature red lighting illuminates the rest of the instrument panel cluster.

Standard comfort and convenience amenities include:

* Highly bolstered two-tone sport seats with color-coordinated gauge cluster and GXP embroidery
* Leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear shifter
* Power-adjustable front seats
* Fog lamps
* Alloy sport pedals
* A 230-watt Blaupunkt audio system
* XM Satellite Radio

The seats offer firm support to hold occupants in place during aggressive cornering. The standard heated leather seats were designed to deliver excellent comfort during long drives. They are available in Ebony or an Ebony/Red two-tone.

Safety

Maintaining the G8's tradition of a full suite of standard safety features, the G8 GXP includes:

* Four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and traction control
* 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

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Old 03-15-2008, 10:52 AM   #2
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That's awesome. I wonder how much of this will make it into the Camaro? Sounds like the performance numbers match up with Ed's statement.
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Old 03-15-2008, 10:52 AM   #3
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Detuned LS3, but it should be more than enough to lay a whoopin on the competetion.

Also, its a hair above 400 hp . . . wonder if its got AFM
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Old 03-15-2008, 10:58 AM   #4
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the goats been reborn!!!...with 2 extra doors!!!! and .2 extra liters!!! lol sorry, i love goats. so i guess this officially(as if we didn't already know) dismisses any idea that the GTO name is ever coming back. i guess it's good, the GTO was really a place holder while the camaro was on vacation. oh well, i love the goats anyways. sweet lookn' G8
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Old 03-15-2008, 12:07 PM   #5
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D@mn ...could you imagine? Room for 4 AND an LS3??? That is pretty darn cool.

Somthing else to think about...Blaupunkt stereo..maybe in the works for the Camaro?
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Old 03-15-2008, 12:28 PM   #6
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Poor man's CTS V???

I'm likeing the GTO \ G8 more and more.
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Old 03-15-2008, 01:48 PM   #7
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put me down for one in the 2010 model year, please
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Old 03-15-2008, 02:50 PM   #8
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Maybe the Camaro will get a Blauplunkt, but it also could just be a Pontiac feature. Pretty darn impressive for under $40K, and it ought to trump the Charger SRT8 right nicely. 6 speed manual option is good. I hope it makes its way down to lesser models as well. The styling additions are pretty restrained. That's surprising.
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Old 03-15-2008, 02:51 PM   #9
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Old 03-15-2008, 03:16 PM   #10
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but i thought the LS3 had like 430 hp? i am sorry but the extra money this car is going to cost over the GT model for like 40 hp is just not worth it to me. I would take GT and ad parts to bump it up to the 400 mark instead.
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Maybe the Camaro will get a Blauplunkt, but it also could just be a Pontiac feature... The styling additions are pretty restrained. That's surprising.
I'm tending to believe that since the GTO got the Blaupunkt stereo when it was in production, this is a Poncho option... I'd rather it be that way, because I'm not a huge Blaupunkt fan... I'd rather see a Delco/BOSE setup in the Camaro.

and I am stoked about this car because to me it just screams "sleeper"... debadge that baby and you'll be killing Mustangs and Challengers with your "V6" looking G8
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but i thought the LS3 had like 430 hp? i am sorry but the extra money this car is going to cost over the GT model for like 40 hp is just not worth it to me. I would take GT and ad parts to bump it up to the 400 mark instead.
Don't forget the transmission and suspension upgrades too.
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Old 03-15-2008, 06:41 PM   #13
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Detuned LS3, but it should be more than enough to lay a whoopin on the competetion.

Also, its a hair above 400 hp . . . wonder if its got AFM
Detuned... Yeah like the LS1 in the "Forth Gen"
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Old 03-15-2008, 07:02 PM   #14
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I have a question??????

I haven't been keeping current on all the Pontiac production lines (and im to lazy to do my own research)...so forgive me for my ignorance.

But is the G8 the replacement for the Grandprix? or is it a new production line?
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i was talking to the pontiac people at the buffalo auto show and they said they are phasing out the grand prix the G8 will be replacing it as the G6 replaced the grand am and the G5 replaced the sunfire.
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i was talking to the pontiac people at the buffalo auto show and they said they are phasing out the grand prix the G8 will be replacing it as the G6 replaced the grand am and the G5 replaced the sunfire.
Thanks Dave...you-da-man!

I suppect this...I owned an 98 Grandprix GTP (supercharge V6) and loved it.

Im a little sad to see that name go away, but thats life ...Thanks again!
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This is definitely VERY cool!!!

"Now," says the G8 to the SRT8. "about those tenths of a second you beat me by..."
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The G8 is replacing both the Bonneville and the Grand Prix, hence the bump in size.
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Pontiac brought over the 21st century goat’s cousin, after a test run, the Commodore, except it was more commonly known at the G8, which is a tremendous performance sedan.

With the recent demise of the brand the Pontiac G8 could go the same way as the ill-fated GTO, but if that means no more GXP we are going to have to ask Obama for our bail out money back. It would be just like an American automaker to kill a $37,610 sedan that makes a BMW M5 seem ridiculously overpriced. GM is offering a $3,500 cash incentive on all variations of the G8 Sedan.
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