Last post on Apr 06, 2009 at 8:22 AM
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Pontiac G8, BMW 3 Series, Lexus IS 350, Car Comparisons, Sedan
Mar 26, 2009 (8:27 am)
I drove a g8 gt recently. General impressions:
* The sport seats are very nice.
* Wish the sides didn't slope in so much. My head is practically resting on the roof rail.
* The engine, at low RPM, is very very quiet.
* The auto trans started out in a high gear, and i felt like i was lugging the thing. Press gas more, still lugging. Then press a little more and it drops 2 gears and i'm going like a bat out of hell. Would have liked a manual better.
* car is pretty composed even over rough roads, but felt somewhat ponderous.
Seems like a good car for the price, but not sure if it's going to come out ahead of a 335i for me. Maybe the GXP would be better ( manual tranny, stiffer suspension ).
#102 of 102 CTS & G8 GT trans. Re: Thoughts from a 3-series shopper [hgerhardt]
Apr 06, 2009 (8:22 am)
“I also drove a new CTS with the same trans as the G8, but in that application it was more like the Bimmer's auto. Therefore, the software calibration in the G8 is what makes it good.”
Actually, the trans. in the CTS is a 6L50, in the G8 GT, it is a 6L80. They are physically different as well as the software \ calibrations being a lot different.
I test drove a fully loaded CTS DI [ and drove a more mundanely equipped CTS as a rental for almost a week ] and I would agree that the CTS is calibrated much more toward the ‘luxury sedan’ end of the scale – where the G8 GT is calibrated as a ‘sport sedan’. There were several aspects of the CTS trans. [mis-]behavior that I found very annoying, when driven in a [ um ] spirited manner. Though when driven like a more traditional luxury car, with my daughter in the co-pilot’s seat, in & around San Diego for a couple of days – it was acceptable.
Very happy 6L80 driver . . .