Doh! I Could've Had a G8!
Pontiac has announced prices for the Australian imported
Commodore G8 sedan, and they're exemplary. The rear wheel-drive sedan with a 260 horsepower V6 and a five-speed automatic will run $27,595. Upgrading to the 360 horsepower 6.0-liter V8 and a six-speed auto will cost you roughly another two-and-a-half grand ($29,995). That's $1600 cheaper than the Hemi-propelled Charger R/T. While the dope Dodge still makes you go on a dealer inventory expedition to find cars equipped with the optional side airbags, all G8s pack six standard airbags, Stabilitrak and the Onstar Big Brother tracking system. And the V8 model has… wait for it…. a limited slip differential. Two complaints. First, the G8 should have had the 300 hp direct injection V6 and the 400 hp version of the 6.0-liter V8. Second, GM is not offering the anticipated six-speed manual transmission. Nevertheless, this is a slick, desirable car; the betting on dealer gouging starts now. I'm setting the under-over at $5k over sticker. Any advances?