2009 Pontiac G8 GXP
2009 Pontiac G8 GXP. Click image to enlarge; Click here for more photos.

Oshawa, Ontario – GM of Canada announced that its new rear-wheel-drive Pontiac G8 performance sedan will go on sale at Pontiac dealerships in June. The V6-equipped G8 has a starting MSRP of $31,995 and the V8-powered G8 GT model starts at $36,995.

“Delivering driving character and performance typical of more expensive cars, the new Pontiac G8 will definitely punch above its weight,” said Marc Comeau, vice president of sales, service and marketing for GM of Canada. “With its bold styling, dynamic design and sport-biased set-up, the G8 will be sure to put a smile on the face of driving enthusiasts.”

The G8 sedan comes equipped with a 3.6-litre DOHC V6 generating 256 horsepower and 248 lb.-ft. of torque in a wide power band beginning at a very low 2,100 rpm. Linked to a five-speed Hydra-Matic 5L40E automatic transmission, the V6-powered G8 is capable of zero-to-100 km/h times of approximately seven seconds.

The GT model ups has a 6.0-litre V8, with fuel-saving Active Fuel Management technology, producing 361 horsepower and 385 lb.-ft. of torque. Zero-to-100 km/h times of 5.3 seconds are possible with the six-speed Hydra-Matic 6L80E automatic transmission linked to a standard limited-slip differential.

The Pontiac G8 features twin hood scoops, projector head lamps, vented front fenders, 18-inch wheels, and a true duel exhaust system with chrome tips. As well, the G8 GT model sports crystal-clear rear lamp elements and chromed quad exhaust tips. Standard equipment includes StabiliTrak stability control system with traction control, Driver Shift Control with sport mode, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, remote vehicle start, six airbags, power adjustable seats, MP3 input jack, OnStar and XM satellite radio.

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