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Pontiac Ponders G8 GXP Coupe

Article from www.edmunds.com/insideline

DETROIT — If the car enthusiasts within General Motors prevail, Pontiac will further expand its lineup of rear-wheel-drive performance vehicles to include a 400-plus-horsepower V8-powered G8 coupe. Just don't call it a GTO.

The coupe, which would be based on the Holden Coupe 60 concept the Australian division unveiled recently at the Melbourne auto show, would arrive in showrooms within three years' time.

Since neither the Firebird nor GTO name will likely to be revived for the Pontiac lineup, the G8 coupe will carry the performance mantle for the brand. To do battle with the big-horsepower Ford Shelby Mustang GT500KR, Dodge Challenger SRT8 and the upcoming Camaro SS, Pontiac will have to outfit its coupe with the 402-horsepower LS3 6.2-liter V8 that the company recently introduced at the New York auto show in the G8 GXP sedan.

As seen in these illustrations, the G8 Coupe GXP won't be a true hardtop like the Holden Coupe 60 Concept. Like the Camaro and Challenger it will grow a B-pillar and fixed rear side glass in production trim.

It'll also get the GXP sedan's 19-inch wheels, 245/40ZR19-spec summer tires and a version of the GXP's aggressive front fascia. That rolling gear would be attached to the sedan's stiff FE3 suspension and, like the sedan, the GXP coupe would offer an optional Tremec six-speed manual transmission.

Additionally, the G8 coupe, which has been developed alongside the Camaro, would be offered as the G8 Coupe GT, powered by the same 361-hp 6.0-liter used in the G8 GT sedan. Of course, this all assumes that a faction within General Motors that fears upcoming CAFE (corporate average fuel economy) standards doesn't quash the project.

"The G8 Coupe is not dead," said one source within the company. "This is an uphill battle. It shouldn't be. But it is." When pressed, our source indicates that the chance of getting the coupe is probably less than 50 percent.

Predictably, Bob Lutz is said to be in the pro-coupe camp. This isn't the first time the two factions have battled over G8 variants.

"The G8 GXP, the G8 sport truck and the G8 wagon were all part of the plan. Then they pulled all three just three or four months ago. It was a classic over-reaction to CAFE. We got the GXP back and, because Lutz is a big fan of the sport truck we got that back, too. But then Dodge killed the Magnum and that was the end of the wagon," our source says.

What this means to you: We don't care if they call it GTO or Firebird or Powder Puff. We still want this Corvette-motored coupe much more than a revival of the el Camino. — Daniel Pund, Senior Editor, Detroit


 

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Im praying they build it!!! That car looks AMAZING!! And it will bring good attention to Pontiac!

This car will extremely help Pontiac's quest in becoming the "excitment division"!!
 

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Im praying they build it!!! That car looks AMAZING!! And it will bring good attention to Pontiac!

This car will extremely help Pontiac's quest in becoming the "excitment division"!!
I want one...I want one...I want one...
 

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they should just call it a GTO. its the next gen platform so why not. just because it has an old name dosnt mean it has to be retro. its a modern muscle car so let it look like one.
if they came out with this i would trade in my GTO and get one. actually id keep mine and just buy this one too lol.
 

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they should just call it a GTO. its the next gen platform so why not. just because it has an old name dosnt mean it has to be retro. its a modern muscle car so let it look like one.
if they came out with this i would trade in my GTO and get one. actually id keep mine and just buy this one too lol.

I think they should stay with the naming theme.. so instead of just G8 Coupe.. or just GTO.. how bout the G8 GTO??
 

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I really can't understand why GM pulled the plug on the wagon and coupe but green lighted the Ute. I have to believe that the coupe would outsell the Ute by a large margin. If GM goes ahead with the coupe the name won't really matter. G8 whatever is good enough for me. G8 Star Chief? G8 2+2?
 

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There is nothing else like this in the BPG showrooms, so bring it!

By the way, bring the wagon, too.
 

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I really can't understand why GM pulled the plug on the wagon and coupe but green lighted the Ute. I have to believe that the coupe would outsell the Ute by a large margin. If GM goes ahead with the coupe the name won't really matter. G8 whatever is good enough for me. G8 Star Chief? G8 2+2?
I believe Lutz said the wagon was killed partly because the Dodge Magnum was killed and also because the "Sport Truck" would bring much more attention to Pontiac.
 

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G8 Coupe works best for the name so you have name association within the brand. Hopefully they can also make the Sportswagon work as well. The only problem with the G8s is the impact of having 4 V6 models on your CAFE #s.

Also, being biased, a G8 Coupe in the US ensures a Monaro in Australia as they will get the required production #s.
 

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I hope Edmunds isn't in an April Fools state of mind. That would be cruel.

Definition of no-brainer: a G8 Coupe GXP, based on the Holden Coupe 60 concept the Australian division unveiled recently at the Melbourne auto show.

What this means to you: We don't care if they call it GTO or Firebird or Powder Puff. We still want this Corvette-motored coupe...
I agree with you, Daniel-san.
 

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What this means to you: We don't care if they call it GTO or Firebird or Powder Puff. We still want this Corvette-motored coupe...
MMMMM....

Flashbacks of 2002, when the Monaro concept was unveiled.

We wanted it sooooooooooooooo bad

and GM was sooooooooooooooooo stupid for not bringing it over here right now, because here we were throwing deposits at GM, how could they not see that the Monaro was a modern day GTO, and that the Monaro was going to help Pontiac soooooooooooo much...

And then we s**t all over it.

And now we want them to do it again.


Fool me once....
 
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