So you like the idea of a V8 powered, rear wheel drive performance sedan, but feel the Dodge Charger RT is too long in the tooth? Today Pontiac announced pricing for it’s new four-door tire smoker, and with the V8 G8 GT (say that five times fast) coming in at $29,995 (almost $1000 less than the Charger RT) Dodge might have some serious competition. The V6 model will be available for $27,595. The G8 GT comes equipped with a 6.0L V8 giving power to the rear wheels via a 6-speed slushbox automatic, although Pontiac has previously stated that a 6-speed manual version will be available at some point after the initial release.
The V6 is a VVT 3.6L with a 5-speed automatic. Both the V8 and V6 versions come standard with StabiliTrak electronic stability control and six airbags. We guess we’ll have to wait until 2008 to see if the G8 becomes the next hot performance sedan, until then, we’ll say Dodge has some worrying to do.
The official word:
DETROIT – Pontiac today confirmed pricing for its new rear-wheel drive G8 performance sedan will start at $27,595 when it hits the streets in early 2008. The V-8 powered G8 GT will be available for $29,995.
“The G8 represents the next phase in Pontiac’s commitment to bring seductively designed, high-performance vehicles to the showroom floor,” said Craig Bierley, Pontiac marketing director. “Our dealers and customers have been anxiously waiting for this vehicle since we first showed it at the Chicago Auto Show in February, so we’re really excited to get this car on the street early next year.”
The G8 is powered by a 3.6-liter VVT V-6 engine and five-speed automatic transmission and comes equipped with a number of standard convenience and safety features, including StabiliTrak electronic stability control, six airbags and OnStar. The G8 GT ups the ante with a 6.0-liter V-8 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and additional standard equipment.
Customers can get a closer look at the G8 at www.pontiac.com/g8.
(Source: Pontiac Media)