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#275 of 1278 Pricing for G8
Oct 02, 2007 (9:41 pm)
The base model — priced from $27,595 — features a 261 horsepower 3.6-liter V6 with 250 pound-feet of torque. A more powerful G8 GT — starting at $29,995 — delivers 362 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque thanks to a 6.0-liter V8.
The basic G8 features a five-speed automatic with manual mode, while the GT version is offered with either a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual gearbox.
Curb weight for the V6 model is 3,885 lbs, while the GT weighs just five pounds shy of 4,000. 18-inch wheels come standard, while 19-inch alloys can be ordered with the GT model.
The sedan rides on GM's new Zeta rear-wheel-drive platform, which underpins the 2009 Camaro and possibly the next-generation Impala, in addition to several other planned vehicles.
G8 deliveries are expected to begin in early 2008 — a relatively short lead time made possible by some very effective badge engineering.
#276 of 1278 Re: Pricing for G8 [topgun7]
Oct 03, 2007 (4:44 am)
The 6-spd manual will not be available at launch, which is why it is not listed on the G8 builder site.
I wonder if leftlanenews got the pricing right.
#277 of 1278 Re: Pricing for G8 [qbrozen]
Oct 03, 2007 (6:05 am)
Just got the email from autoweek with the same pricing, so i guess that is official. It claims it was sent to dealers this morning.
Autoweek, however, does not list the 6-speed manual, and rightly so (for now).
The G8 will have a base 256-hp, 3.6-liter variable valve-timed V-6 engine and five-speed automatic transmission. It will have driver shift control and sport mode availability. Standard features will include StabiliTrak electronic stability control, six airbags and OnStar.
The G8 GT will have a 6.0-liter V-8 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Other standard equipment will include limited slip differential and a premium 230-watt Blaupunkt 11-speaker sound system, according to a memo Pontiac sent to dealers this morning.
#278 of 1278 G8 crashed in testing
Oct 03, 2007 (7:31 am)
Has anyone seen this!
#279 of 1278 Re: G8 crashed in testing [actualsize]
Oct 03, 2007 (10:40 am)
Not surprising that a tester fell asleep at the wheel. The article I read about Death Valley testing a few weeks back said that the testers operate out of a cheap hotel on very little sleep, plus, someone on Jalopnik noted that, being a Holden engineer, he may have also been jetlagged.
I was surprised to read that he had only minor injuries after seeing the car and a description of the crash!
#280 of 1278 Re: G8 crashed in testing [corvette]
Oct 03, 2007 (12:41 pm)
I've been the Death Valley tester staying in the cheap motel in Beatty, Nevada (the best one is a Motel 6). The days can be long, but I always got my 8 hours. The heat is the worst part - especially if you are doing hot-soak air conditioner tests: soak a black car in the summer sun a Furnace Creek for an hour, jump in wearing long sleeves and long pants, keep the windows up and start driving immediately with the fan on high blowing really hot air in your face for the next ten minutes. Good times.
And there are, of course, spy photographers to elude and civilian vehicles "in your way" as you try to drive a preset pattern.
I've seen a lot of crews for other companies with laptops rigged up for the driver to fiddle with while driving that pattern.
Another factor besides Aussie jet lag to consider here is the fact that they drive on the "wrong" side of the road down there. Add a little fatigue with a trafficless two-lane and it's possible to imagine someone drifting onto the wrong side of the road.
#281 of 1278 Re: G8 crashed in testing [actualsize]
Oct 03, 2007 (1:35 pm)
I drove through Death Valley this summer. I can't imagine doing a "hot soak" A/C test. Most of the time I got out of the car to take a picture, and got right back in--both due to the heat and because my left ankle was sore from walking too much in the days before. There were people out hiking in the 117-degree heat! I didn't see many civilian vehicles except near the major attractions.
On topic: My rental car was a Dodge Charger 2.7-liter. Hope Pontiac doesn't do a similar decontenting of the G8!
#282 of 1278 Re: Fuel tank in the trunk again? [bumpy]
Oct 06, 2007 (5:20 pm)
Gas tanks under the trunk have been unlawful in the US for a while now, which is why the GTO had to have it in the trunk (the Crown Vic & Co. were grandfathered in).
I believe your statement is false.
Reference the regulation or law.
#283 of 1278 Re: Fuel tank in the trunk again? [moparbad]
Oct 06, 2007 (8:05 pm)
My guess is that it's not illegal, however I believe there is a standard for rear-end collisions that makes putting it behind the rear axle very difficult. The Crown Vic and Company IIRC are also under big scrutiny due to the rear end explosions that have killed several Law Officers.
#284 of 1278 Re: Fuel tank in the trunk again? [paisan]
Oct 07, 2007 (11:40 am)
The test goes like this: Rear-end the test car at 50 mph.
If there are any fuel leaks, the tank fails.
Invert the smashed car 180-degrees. If there are any leaks, the tank fails.
Fuel tanks behind the rear axle aren't used because they simply can't pass this test - unless a racing-type ballistic-material fuel bladder is inside the tank. This upgrade is way too expensive for passenger car use.
But if an automaker would ever pop for the cost (and customers were willing to pay for it), they could pass the test with an aft-mounted tank.
I believe the aftermath to the above-mentioned scrutiny included discussions of retrofitting such bladder-lined tanks into police cars to keep them on the road, but I never heard the final result.