As Pontiac gets ready to launch the new high-performance 2008 Pontiac G8 it battles CAFE fuel-economy standards. GM wants to push Pontiac as the “affordable performance” brand with a new line of rear-wheel-drive cars.
So what’s going on at Pontiac? Well the 2008 Pontiac G8, which will be the first car in the US to use GM’s Zeta rear-wheel-drive platform, will go on sale in January of 2008. The base model of the Pontiac G8 will have a 3.6 liter V6 engine with 261 horsepower while the higher GT model will have a 6.0 liter V8 which will produce 362 horsepower.
The Pontiac G5 will get a redesign in 2009 while the G6 is slated for a redesign in 2012. GM originally wanted the next-generation G6 to debut in 2010, but with Pontiac moving to the rear-wheel-drive platform, the date has been changed.
Pontiac’s Solstice will get a fastback coupe variant for the 2009 model year and a higher-horsepower engine. The car will be redesigned and re-engineered in the 2011 model year.
A new high-performance coupe is on the cards that will be the successor to GTO and the Firebird. No time has being discussed as of yet. The Torrent will be dropped from the Pontiac line and will be added to GMC as a new crossover.
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