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    PONTIAC INTRODUCES SEGMENT-BENDING G8 SPORT TRUCK

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    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 Pontiac's 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. "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."

    Consumer named

    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.

    Design

    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 vehicle's 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.

    Performance

    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.

    Structure

    The G8 sport truck is based on the same rear-wheel-drive architecture as the G8 performance sedan. However, the sport truck's 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 inches longer.

    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 truck's 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 GT's 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, it's not surprising that the G8 sport truck offers many of the same creature comforts as the G8 GT, such as:

    • Air conditioning with electronic dual-zone climate control
    • Cruise control
    • Driver Information Center
    • Bluetooth connectivity
    • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel with DIC and radio controls
    • Power windows/locks/mirrors
    • Remote keyless entry and remote start
    • Theft-deterrent alarm system
    • Fully-bolstered, 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 cluster.

    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.

    Sound system

    The G8 sport truck's 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:

    • StabiliTrak electronic vehicle stability system
    • Tire pressure monitoring system
    • Dual-stage frontal air bags with a passenger sensing system
    • Head-curtain side air bags
    • Side thorax air bags
    • Three-point safety belts in all seating positions
    • Safety belt pretensioners
    • OnStar

    Overview

    Model:
    2010 Pontiac G8 ST
    Body style / driveline:
    two-passenger, front engine, rear-wheel drive coupe-based sport truck
    Construction:
    unitized body frame, 2-side galvanized steel body with high-strength steel in chassis
    EPA vehicle class:
    truck
    Manufacturing location:
    Adelaide , Australia

    Engine

    Type:
    6.0L V-8 w / Active Fuel Management (AFM)
    Displacement (cu in / cc):
    364 / 5967
    Bore & stroke (in / mm):
    3.99 x 3.62 / 101.3 x 92
    Block material:
    cast aluminum w/ cast-in-place iron bore liners
    Cylinder head material:
    aluminum
    Valvetrain:
    valve-in-head; 2 valves per cylinder; roller lifters
    Ignition system:
    high-energy distributorless ignition; solid state direct-fire ignition w/ coil near plug and integrated ignition
    Fuel delivery:
    returnless, multi-port fuel injection
    Compression ratio:
    10.4:1
    Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm):
    361 / 270 @ 5300*
    Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm):
    385 / 522 @ 4400*
    Recommended fuel:
    premium unleaded
    Maximum engine speed (rpm):
    6000
    Emissions controls:
    evaporative system, dual exhaust with close-coupled catalytic converters, equal-length exhaust, positive crankcase ventilation, electronic throttle control

    Transmission

    Type:
    Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic
    Gear ratios :)1):
    First:
    4.03
    Second:
    2.36
    Third:
    1.53
    Fourth:
    1.15
    Fifth:
    0.85
    Sixth:
    0.67
    Reverse:
    3.06
    Final drive ratio:
    2.92

    Chassis/Suspension

    Front:
    multi-link MacPherson strut; direct-acting stabilizer bar (24-mm dia.); progressive-rate coil springs; fully adjustable camber, caster and toe
    Rear:
    four-link independent; progressive-rate coil springs over shocks; decoupled stabilizer bar (12-mm dia.); higher lateral stiffness for handling through two lateral ball joints per side; fully adjustable camber and toe
    Steering type:
    variable-ratio rack-and-pinion; rack forward of front axle centerline
    Steering ratio:
    46-53 mm per revolution
    Steering wheel turns, lock-to-lock:
    2.8
    Turning circle, curb-to-curb (ft / m):
    38.4 / 11.7

    Brakes

    Type:
    four-wheel disc w/ ABS; ventilated front and rear rotors; twin-piston front calipers; single piston alloy rear calipers
    Rotor diameter (in / mm):
    front: 12.64 / 321
    rear: 12.76 / 324

    Wheels/Tires

    Wheel size / type:
    18 x 8-inch machine-faced aluminum (std); 19 x 8-inch machine-faced aluminum (w / optional Sports Package)
    Tires:
    P245/45R18 summer tire (std); all-season tire optional; optional Sports Package includes P245/40R/19 summer tire

    Dimensions

    Wheelbase (in / mm):
    118.5 / 3009
    Overall length (in / mm):
    201.8 / 5127.8
    Overall width (in / mm):
    74.8 / 1899
    Overall height (in / mm):
    58.3 / 1480
    Track (in / mm):
    front: 62.7 / 1592
    rear: 63.3 / 1608
    Curb weight (lb / kg):
    3995 / 1812
    Weight distribution (front / rear)
    TBD

    Cargo box

    Length at floor (in / mm):
    73.9 / 1878
    Width at floor (in / mm):
    TBD
    Width between wheelhousings (in / mm):
    47.4 / 1206
    Tailgate width (in / mm):
    TBD
    Inside height (in / mm):
    TBD

    Interior

    Seating capacity:
    2
    Headroom (in / mm):
    38.8 / 985
    Legroom (in / mm):
    42.2 / 1071
    Shoulder room (in / mm):
    59.0 / 1501
    Hip room (in / mm):
    56.7 / 1439

    Capacities

    EPA passenger volume (cu ft / L):
    TBD
    EPA interior volume (cu ft / L):
    TBD
    Cargo volume (cu ft / L):
    42.7 / 1208
    Trailer towing maximum (lb / kg):
    3500 / 1600
    Payload (lb / kg):
    1316 / 597
    Fuel tank (gal / L):
    19.2 / 73
    Engine oil (qt / L):
    8.8 / 8.3 (w / filter change)
    Cooling system (qt / L):
    11.4 / 10.8

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    And there's going to be a GXP version of this as well. :bowdown:

    I might have to have a ST GXP with a six-speed. :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:
     
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    So they brought over the Holden Ute. How is this a new segment when it's just a modern el camino? Of course theres the ranchero, gmc sprint, rampage, scamp, baja, caddy... Are they labeling it as a new segment to somehow avoid being compared to an el camino? Or are there some major differences (other than being new) that I am not seeing?
     
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    yep, found my new vehicle
     
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    Yeah, there's nothing else like it on the new car market.
     
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    Well as said in the other thread I've got about 18 months of time to save up some cash so I can get some wheels and a front end conversion shortly after I get it off the lot :)
     
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    It gives me 18 more months to enjoy my GTO before I get rid of it.
     
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    I'm going to have to buy that.
     
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    That looks quite a bit more attractive in NBM, which is one of my favorite colors.
     
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    i think i want it
     
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    thing's gonna look so cool on the road!
     
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    Okay, I like the G8, but I can't justify buying one. But this would be a whole lot easier to justify, if only I had something to carry.

    I should go buy an ATV, or a machine gun, or something.
     
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    or a clue
     
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    I wouldn't need a truck to carry that though.
     
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    Haircut? :run:
     
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    To quote Doonesbury: What is the matter with you people?
     
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    seriously though. i will be buying one.
     
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    While I'm not particularly excited about this version of the vehicle, I've thought numerous times about how convenient it would be to have a small truck for hauling various things. This thing would fit the bill perfectly, plus have a comfortable, stylish cab.

    Edit: The towing capacity is not stellar, but it would be enough to tow, say, a stripped out race-car to a track day :naughty:
     
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