Eye-Balling the 08 Pontiac G8

In my quest to find my next lease, I had initially narrowed it down to the following cars:

  1. Infiniti G37
  2. Infiniti G35
  3. Honda Accord V6 Coupe
  4. Mazda CX-7 GT
  5. Toyota Camry V6 SE
  6. Nissan Altima 3.5 SE Coupe
  7. Lexus IS250*

Then, I thought to my self, the Lexus IS250 is kinda nice, although sort of underpowered compared to the other cars I have on my list. Since I figured that the refinement of the IS would make up for the lack of power, I added it into “The List”. Now, I’m thinking of adding another car, the Pontiac G8 GT.

Last Thursday, after I got off work, I noticed a pitch black sedan roaring down the street. As it passes me, I thought to myself…is that the Pontiac G8?? After a double-take, I realized it was. Not just any G8, it was the GT with its 6.0 liter V8 packing a whopping 361 ponies under its dual-vented hood. That is one sexy/muscular car I thought…I could see myself in it.

So today, I shoot over an email to my nearest GM dealer to see what kind of deal they got. Well, they only got two. A Panther Black GT and a nasty Orange. The price quoted was $1000 under MSRP, and that is IF you are a current GM customer so you can get the rebate. I don’t know about you, but last time I checked, not that many people where GM customers. I haven’t been one since 1992. Then again, I wasn’t really the customer, it was my sister’s car.

So whats my take on the G8? Its a nice car obviously. I wouldn’t mind getting my greedy hands on it. The raw power itself makes it very enticing. The G8 is based on Australia’s Holden Commodore, so its not exactly BRAND NEW, so hopefully, we won’t need to be GM’s guinea pigs. For 31-32k this car is a deal, even if you pay sticker for it, but I wanna save money and paying MSRP for a car is never “saving” money. My recommendation is to wait it out, the car might not sell very well for all we know. I just hope, for their sake, they are willing to go closer to invoice and introduce more attractive lease rates by July. Otherwise, no American car for me.

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