Although General Motors seems to mess up delivering products to the market sometimes, one of the cars that became a legend in the automotive community was the Pontiac G8 GXP.
Based on the Australian Holden, a lot of drivers said they were reminded of the E39 BMW M5.
That's because it boasted a V8 powerplant and it was heavy. Not to mention it had a pretty decent cabin for a Pontiac AND it was spacious enough to carry four adults.
BUT when push came to shove and General Motors had to reorganize itself after its bankruptcy, Pontiac was one of the brands it decided to axe. Thereby the limited G8 GXP, with its LS3 V8, uprated sport suspension, Brembo brakes and more was killed.
You would have thought that folks in the biz were told that an arm was about to be amputated. They made a lot of noise how they thought the G8 GXP could be repackaged. And, they were right.
GM saw it differently though and sat on its hands for a couple of years. While one could argue that GM continued the car's legacy through the introduction of the Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV), the reality is that vehicle was NEVER made available to the public.
The 2014 SS is the first crack since the G8's demise you and I can go pick one up. And, even worse, now you can't get one with a do-it-yourself gearbox. It's automatic only.
That leaves me wondering a couple of things:
1) WHY did it take SO long to bring this car back around?
2) Is it TOO LATE to resurrect it? To me it seems that there are MANY different avenues to go down now if you want this kind of performance.
What say you, Spies?
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