It just goes to show that you’re never too old to learn something new! I was at my wife’s parent’s place on Saturday for a birthday party (not mine), and anticipating our great thirst, my brother-in-law and I went for a beer run to the local supermarket. In the parking lot was a beautiful, extremely well-maintained 2009 Pontiac G8 GT. Now, I thought that the G8 was just another of Pontiac‘s plastic Grand Am derivatives, but it turns out I was wrong. As my brother-in-law explained, the G8 is a rebadged Holden Commodore, imported from Australia. This model in particular, the GT, is fitted with a 6-liter Chevrolet Corvette V8 engine, producing 361 horsepower. Another version, the GXP, has a 6.2-liter V8 with 415 horsepower, but considering that only 6 of those were sold in Canada, we were not so lucky.
I’ll admit to never having been a big fan of modern Pontiacs, as I felt they always had too much tacky plastic, but this one has a very pleasing shape. Notice the curve at the bottom of the doors?
Here’s the proof, if the hood scoops and fat tires weren’t enough. I know the panel’s a little dirty, but I could hardly start polishing a stranger’s car in the parking lot.
With its dual exhaust, fat tires, cool wheels and flaring fenders, the Pontiac G8 GT looks like it could take on anyone, or anything! And with a 0-60 time in the low 5s and a quarter-mile time as low as 13.5 seconds, this G8 GT is a sleeper car not to be messed with!