2010 Pontiac G8 sport truck
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2010 Pontiac G8 sport truck

New York, New York – This surprising new model from Pontiac is a mid-sized two-door “sport truck” that’s sure to revive memories of the Chevy El Camino and Ford Ranchero models sold in the 50’s, 60’s and 70s.

Based on the new rear-wheel drive G8 sedan, the G8 sport truck “blends the sporty handling of a performance coupe with the cargo capabilities of a light truck,” says a GM news release.

“Pontiac has never shied away from offering segment-defining vehicles, going back to the original GTO,” said Jim Bunnell, Buick-Pontiac-GMC general manager. “There’s 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’ doesn’t fully describe the vehicle’s 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, we’re 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 the G8 sedan, but the doors, roof and exterior panels aft of the B-pillars are unique. 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 colour-coordinated, soft tonneau cover conceals and protects items in the cargo bed from the weather.

The sport truck uses the same 6.0-litre V8 engine found in the 2009 G8 GT sedan. It puts out 361 horsepower and 385 lb.-ft of torque. A combination of a six-speed automatic transmission and Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) technology provides both car-like fuel economy and an unexpected 0-to-60 time of 5.4 seconds, claims the company.

Compared to the sedan, the sport truck’s 118.5-inch (3,009 mm) wheelbase is approximately four inches longer and the overall length is six inches longer. Its 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 two-passenger sport truck is built in Adelaide, Australia.

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