Pontiac G8 Sport Truck review

The Pontiac G8 Sport Truck was first previewed at the 2008 New York auto show. The real-wheel drive sport truck was produced by an Australian based subsidiary, the Australian General Motors Inc. It’s commonly known as the G8 ST, funny enough considering that they had more than 18000 suggestions to choose from. The Pontiac G8 ST shares the same platform with the famous G8 GT, sharing the same 361 hp 6.0 liter V8 engine. The 385 lb of torque in the V8 engine bundled up with a 6 speed transmission speed system gives the G8 ST an incredible acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds, while the Active Fuel Management Technology in this beast provides satisfactory car like fuel economy.

Pontiac G8 Sport Truck front view

Highlights

– Powerful 6.0L V8 engine with 385 lb of torque

– 6 speed transmission system

– 74 inch cargo bed

– Available in 3 model versions, 2008, 2009 and 2010 model.

– 4 wheel independent suspension

– 4 wheel disc braking system

Pontiac G8 Sport Truck Design and Structure

The G8 sports truck features the same design structure as the G8 performance sedan, with modifications in the body structure to accommodate and support its cargo carrying architecture. Apparently, it consists of a 74 inch cargo carrying bed, with a lengthened wheelbase of around 5 inches.

Engine

As seen earlier, the sport truck comes with a powerful 6.0 L V8 engine that outputs a whooping 361 hp (translates to 270 kW) with a maximum torque of 385 lb.-ft. (translates to 522 Nm). Moreover, the engine comes with a 6 speed transmission system, and features the active fuel management technology, all in a bid to provide both speed and fuel economy on the road.

Comfort and Convenience

Surprisingly, the Pontiac G8 ST features excellent comfy features. The ST’s interior boasts an electronic dual zone air conditioning climate control system. Both windows and mirrors are electrically powered, while the passenger seats are fully adjustable. Convenience features include a theft deterrent alarm system, Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, etc.

Pontiac G8 Sport Truck rear view

Suspension and wheels:

The Pontiac G8 ST concept comes with 18 inch aluminum wheels, while the suspension system is a 4 wheel independent one with electronic stability control, delivering both stability and efficient handling. An optional sports package consisting of 19 inch aluminum wheels is also available for this sport truck.

Braking system:

Apparently, the ST boasts an all wheel disc breaking system making the braking system more efficient and more effective. The front rotors have a diameter of 12.64 inches with a thickness of 1.0 inch while the rear rotors are 12.76 inches with a thickness of 0.87 inches.

Safety features:

– Front air bags with passenger sensing system

– Side thorax air bags

– Safety belt pre-tensioners

– Tire-pressure monitoring system

Pontiac G8 Sport Truck interior

Bottom line:

The Pontiac G8 Sport Truck redefines the car market industry with a unique segment, a sporty handling performance car with cargo carrying capabilities, forming a rare segment in the automotive industry.

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