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(from General Motors
Press Release) PONTIAC INTRODUCES SEGMENT-BENDING G8 SPORT
NEW YORK The 2010
Pontiac G8 sport truck blurs the line between cars and trucks and is
creating an all-new segment in the North American car market. This
dramatically different vehicle blends the sporty handling of a
performance coupe with the cargo capabilities of a light truck.
Based on the all-new Pontiac G8 performance sedan, the newest member
of the G8 family has a longer wheelbase and a cargo bed suitable for
either work or recreation. The G8 sport truck significantly
stretches Pontiacs commitment to style and performance and is
expected to arrive in dealers showrooms in late 2009.
Pontiac has never shied away from offering segment-defining
vehicles, going back to the original GTO, said Jim Bunnell,
Buick-Pontiac-GMC general manager. Theres simply nothing else like
the G8 sport truck on the road today, and we definitely believe that
there are customers who will be excited by its distinctive design,
performance and cargo capabilities.
Another unique aspect of
this new vehicle is the fact that it will be named by a consumer.
Beginning today (March 15, 2008), consumers can visit
www.pontiac.com/namethiscar and submit their name ideas. As an
important part of the G8 family, we know that sport truck doesnt
fully describe the vehicles ability to blur the lines between
sports car and truck, said Craig Bierley, Pontiac marketing
director. Because its fans will surely be as unique as the vehicle
itself, were giving them a voice in selecting a name that reflects
its appeal. The winning entry will be announced April 15.
The G8 sport truck
maintains the same sporty exterior design as its namesake sedan.
Flared fenders wrap around the 18-inch wheels and give it a wide,
confident stance. The roofline has a coupe-like profile that
reflects the vehicles performance pedigree.
The doors, roof and exterior panels aft of the B-pillars are unique
from the G8 sedan. One-piece outer body panels give the vehicle a
sleek appearance. Wrap-around taillamps and fully concealed tailgate
hinges add to the sculpted look. A color-coordinated, soft tonneau
cover conceals and protects items in the cargo bed from the weather.
The sport truck draws
its strength from the same powerful 6.0L V-8 engine used in the G8
GT. It puts out 361 horsepower (270 kW) and 385 lb.-ft. (522 Nm) of
torque. The combination of a six-speed automatic transmission and
Active Fuel Management technology provides both car-like fuel
economy and an unexpected 0-to-60 time of 5.4 seconds.
While these performance numbers are respectable by sports car
standards, the G8 sport truck offers flexibility unlike that of a
sports car. A 73.9-inch (1878 mm) cargo bed has 42.7 cubic feet
(1208 L) of cargo space and a durable composite bed liner. It also
can carry a payload of more than 1,074 pounds (488 kg) and tow a
3,500-pound (1,600 kg) trailer.
The G8 sport truck is
based on the same rear-wheel-drive architecture as the G8
performance sedan. However, the sport trucks body structure was
reinforced in key areas to support its cargo and towing duties. More
than 60 new components were added to strengthen the structure.
Compared to the sedan, the 118.5-inch (3,009 mm) wheelbase is
approximately four inches longer and the overall length is six
Suspension and wheels
A four-wheel independent
suspension with electronic stability control delivers confident
handling, whether loaded with weekend home-improvement supplies or
towing a pair of personal watercraft to the lake.
The steering box is located ahead of the front axle line for a
quick, direct feel. The sport trucks front stabilizer bar is one mm
larger than the sedan, and the rear suspension has been enhanced to
support payloads without adversely affecting handling.
The G8 sport truck rides on 18-inch machine-faced aluminum wheels
with a P245/45R18 summer performance tire. All-season tires are
available. An optional Sports Package includes 19-inch machine-faced
aluminum wheels with P245/40R19 summer performance tires.
Brakes and steering
The sport truck shares
the G8 GTs four-wheel disc brake system, featuring 12.64-inch front
and 12.76-inch rear rotors. Front rotor thickness is 1.0 inch, while
the rear rotors are 0.87-inch thick. Twin-piston, front alloy
calipers and vented rotors and single-piston, alloy rear calipers
with vented rotors are standard, as is ABS.
Comfort and convenience
Given its heritage, its
not surprising that the G8 sport truck offers many of the same
creature comforts as the G8 GT, such as:
with electronic dual-zone climate control
steering wheel with DIC and radio controls
Remote keyless entry
and remote start
four-way adjustable cloth seats are standard. Heated, six-way
leather seats are available. They can be customized with
two-tone, black-and-red inserts and a coordinating gauge
Behind the seats is a
surprisingly large interior cargo area with more than 8.5 cubic feet
(245 liters) of storage space. There are two covered storage
compartments beneath the load floor and a pair of cargo nets.
The G8 sport trucks
230-watt Blaupunkt AM/FM/six-disc CD changer has an MP3 input and
five speakers. The 6.5-inch audio display controls both the sound
and climate control systems.
Safety and security
A full list of safety
features are standard, including:
electronic vehicle stability system
air bags with a passenger sensing system
Side thorax air bags
belts in all seating positions