Over the years Pontiac
has been a familiar face when it came to declaring "best bangs for your buck." In fact, for years, the GT version of the Grand Prix had been a front runner four or five years in a row. Pontiac
definitely knows how to excite, and the new G8
GT that I test drove picks up right where the elder GTs left off. A sharp and sporty sedan that delivers rear-wheel-drive performance and an amazing 361 horsepower, the G8
GT starts at just $29,310. My tester had an optional Premium Package, showcasing leather interior treatments and heated seats that brought the grand total to $31,395. Needless to say, you would be hard pressed to find another sedan in this class that can deliver the ponies and the room anywhere close to this price.
Most of the talk about the G8
GT starts and ends with the powerful engine. But I maintain this is one of the best-looking, most muscular sedans on the market. Pontiac
is not trying to be a sophisticated import or play luxury sedan wanna-be. With big 18-inch wheels pushed out to the corners, the G8
GT is a true American sport sedan.
All that talk about the G8
's horsepower is warranted. Delivering a 6.0-liter V-8 engine with 361 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque, and a custom-tuned suspension, the midsize G8
sedan proudly plays flagship for Pontiac
. Mated to a bold V-8 that helps propel the G8
from 0-to-60 mph in 5.3 seconds is a six-speed automatic transmission, featuring StabiliTrak.
For those desperate souls looking for exceptional power with delightful fuel economy, there is some good news: the G8
GT V-8 has an active fuel management system that deactivates up to four cylinders during prolonged high-speed driving (i.e. highway). As you might suspect, fuel mileage is better because of the fuel management system, but still average at best for the class with city/highway ratings of 15/24 mpg. Want more good news? The G8
GT runs on regular gas, no premium fuel required.