Doh! I Could've Had a G8!

Justin Berkowitz
by Justin Berkowitz
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?

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  • Wulv Wulv on Oct 03, 2007

    Yay, A Holden that will be available in Canada. I know a couple of people that have been seriously looking at this car for a while, but were wondering if, like the GTO, it wouldn't meet our bumper safety standards. Looks like the G8 is coming though.

  • Olddavid Olddavid on Oct 03, 2007

    I guarantee that any excessive ADP on G8's will engender a major delay on the offending dealers' parts and/or advertising accounts. Cash-flow is the name of the game for the modern auto dealership, and to interrupt a large source of said $$$$ will be a sufficient incentive to the egregious offenders. But always remember, we car aficionados are a tiny percentage of the car buying public, but they value our input because we're vocal in our opinions, and tend to share said opinions with our less passionate fellow drivers. I hope that the car is a home run for GM. I laud them for trying so damn hard.

  • Jkross22 Jkross22 on Oct 03, 2007

    Saaa-Weeeet! I echo those that have said, bring on-eth the stick-eth. If they do, put me down for an order w/sport package.

  • Ricky Spanish Ricky Spanish on Oct 04, 2007

    I also heard a 6-speed/400 hp version is in the works. Get rid of those silly nostrils and you might have a passable vehicle.