2009 Pontiac G8 GXP – Shift for yourself

2009-pontiac-g8-gxp Bummed that the G8 GT doesn’t offer a meat cleaver?  Be bummed no more.  Today Pontiac revealed the 2009 G8 GXP, complete with available 6 speed manual.  For those of you who aren’t up on Pontiac speak, just know this – GXP is Pontiac for “go fast”.  As in, Corvette-powered fast.  Yes folks, the G8 GXP has the world-famous LS3 6.2 liter V8 sitting under that long hood.  Horsepower isn’t finalized, but should come in right around 402 ponies.

GM’s performance numbers look a little something like this:

  • 0-60 MPH in 4.7 seconds
  • Quarter mile in 13.0 seconds @ 108 MPH

It’s no secret that a good driver can beat manufacturer numbers any day – so this could be a high 12 second car, stock.  Damn.

The return of the manual

2009-pontiac-g8-gxp-rear Sure, you can get the G8 GXP with a 6 speed automatic if you want.  But why would you?  Pontiac is offering a Tremec TR6060 six speed manual, and I’d expect most buyers to tick that box.  Either way you get a limited-slip differential – you’ll need it to try to maintain some sort of traction.

Pricing hasn’t been announced yet…. but in all likelihood this is a car that will start in the very high 30’s.  $39,995 perhaps?  Less than a Charger SRT-8 with nearly as much power – not a bad deal.  Gas prices?  What high gas prices?

Published on March 19, 2008 in Pontiac

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