2009 Pontiac G8 ST Concept

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Long known for delivering performance of many kinds, Pontiac rolls into the 2008 SEMA Show with a trio of tuner-inspired concepts for enthusiasts of all stripes. Leading the pack is G8 GXP Street concept with a new LSX454 crate engine shoehorned under its hood, followed by an accessorized G8 ST and a performance-enhanced Solstice GXP coupe.

‘Pontiacs have always strived to provide unexpected levels of performance, regardless of the model,’ said Susan Docherty, vice president of Buick-Pontiac-GMC. ‘But these concepts raise the bar even higher, taking style and sportiness to the highest levels.’

None of the four Pontiac concepts is intended for production, but they use many components from GM Accessories and GM Performance Parts, as well as other aftermarket components, that are already on the market. Some new GM components are being evaluated for possible production as accessories.

All of the concepts share the spirit of late-model tuner vehicles, with enhancements and modifications that contribute as much to styling and presence as they do performance. It is a spirit carried forward from the hit of the 2007 SEMA Show, hip-hop star 50 Cent’s customized G8.

G8 ST concept

The 2010 Pontiac G8 ST is a dramatically different vehicle that blends the performance of the G8 sports sedan with the cargo capabilities of a light truck. It significantly stretches Pontiac’s commitment to style and performance and is expected to arrive in dealers’ showrooms in late 2009.

Pontiac ramps up the excitement for the production model with a concept vehicle upgraded with accessories that inspire enthusiasts about the possibilities of this distinctive vehicle. In fact, this concept incorporates many parts that will likely be offered by GM Accessories when the G8 ST hits dealerships.

Highlights of the concept vehicle include:

• Liquid Hot exterior color with enhanced clear coat

• Lowered ride height

• Custom 20-inch wheels

• Leather-trimmed seats with red inserts

• G8 GXP steering wheel with red inserts

• G8 GXP shift knob with red inserts

• Custom interior trim kit (proposed GM Accessories part)

• Hard tonneau cover (proposed GM Accessories part)

The G8 ST concept is powered by a uniquely configured 6.0L small-block V-8, rated at 361 horsepower (269 kW) and 385 lb.-ft. of torque (522 Nm). It features GM’s Active Fuel Management technology, which allows the engine to switch from V-8 power to four-cylinder operation during light-load driving conditions, enhancing fuel economy. The transmission is a Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic.
Source – Pontiac
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