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New York '08 Preview: 2010 Pontiac sports truck

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After more than two decades, the ghost of the El Camino has finally risen from the grave, at least for U.S. drivers. It never actually went away in Australia. Now that the Pontiac G8 has ushered in a new era of affordable rear-wheel-drive performance at General Motors, the car-based pickup truck, or Ute as they are called Down Under, is coming back. Rumors have been flying for months about a G8 Ute and GM even showed the GMC Denali XT concept at the Chicago Auto Show last month – a four-door ute with a two-mode hybrid power-train that may or may not see production.

What we will definitely see in showrooms late next year is the Pontiac G8 Sport Truck. The G8 Ute gets a 6-foot 2-inch long cargo bed behind its two-passenger cab. Compared to the sedan, the pickup has a four-inch longer wheelbase plus two more inches hanging behind the rear axle. The box that's unified with the passenger compartment comes with a color matched soft tonneau cover to enclose the 42.7 cubic feet contained within the composite bed. That's nearly double the volume of the late and unlamented Chevy SSR. The G8 can haul almost 1,100 lbs and tow 3,500 lbs, that latter figure also 1,000 lbs more than the SSR.

This time around GM isn't skimping on the power in the initial offering, with immediate availability of the 361-hp 6.0L V8 from the G8 GT sedan. That will push the G8 to 60 mph in about 5.4 seconds. No word yet on whether they will offer up the 3.6L V6 as a base engine, although that does seem likely whether its the direct-inject version or not. There's even 8.5 cubic feet of room inside the cab behind the seats to protect valuables.

You might be wondering about that rather lame G8 Sport Truck name. Since so many people were clamoring for GM to bring the Ute to the U.S., the company has decided to let fans name the new vehicle. They've set up a site at www.pontiac.com/namethiscar where you can submit your ideas. The winning name will be announced on April 15. We imagine "El Camino" has already been entered.

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I submitted my idea for the name at the Pontiac site..neat.

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I submitted my idea for the name at the Pontiac site..neat.

I think they really want to move away from the alphanumerics. You can't even numbers in.

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I've made my submission. Let's see what happens ...

I submitted Pontiac Custom-S! :smilewide:

I know this is off subject, but thank you for finally getting a sig that my eyes can digest with the joy of a nine-course meal. Before, my eyes only vomited after each viewing ... :P

And might I ask, how do those waffles taste by the way? :smilewide:

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I've made my submission. Let's see what happens ...

I know this is off subject, but thank you for finally getting a sig that my eyes can digest with the joy of a nine-course meal. Before, my eyes only vomited after each viewing ... :P

And might I ask, how do those waffles taste by the way? :smilewide:

You're welcome. :P

Back on topic, you gotta love how edmunds has already knocked the ST by saying it'll probably just collect dust on the showroom floor.

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I've made my submission. Let's see what happens ...

I know this is off subject, but thank you for finally getting a sig that my eyes can digest with the joy of a nine-course meal. Before, my eyes only vomited after each viewing ... :P

And might I ask, how do those waffles taste by the way? :smilewide:

Waffles? You do know this car will be scrapped after I'm done? :AH-HA_wink:

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Waffles? You do know this car will be scrapped after I'm done?

And I'm sure you'll find your way onto a few people's hit lists. :P

Between this, the GXP, and the yet to be released Solstice Targa... I can't say I've been this excited about Pontiac in a very long time. Or any new vehicle, for that matter. I really want to go up to NYIAS to see them up close in person if I'm able to justify it (a trip to NYC from Brookville is going to be mighty expensive with the fuel chugging Cutlass and I'm pretty sure my Mom's Sunfire is out of the question). I wonder if I'll be able to hitch a ride from someone who'll be going and can justify a detour to Brookville... Anyone? I'll pitch in 50% for gas! :D

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I was wondering if Borger would swoop in here and knock the smiles off our faces, and sure enough...

One of these with the 3.6L would be perfect in my garage.

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I was wondering if Borger would swoop in here and knock the smiles off our faces, and sure enough...

One of these with the 3.6L would be perfect in my garage.

I don't know how, what I'm going to do with my company car, has anything to do with knocking the smile off your face, let alone the due off your lily? :AH-HA_wink:

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Oh duh now I get it.

ANYHOO, calling this Pontiac Sport Truck an El Camino would be silly. El Camino is a Chevrolet. I don't know what I'd call it, though... just bring it.

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Waffles? You do know this car will be scrapped after I'm done? :AH-HA_wink:

Denial isn't just a river in Egypt ya know. :P :AH-HA_wink:

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Maybe I'll take pics of it being scrapped, so you can see first hand. :AH-HA_wink:

Pics ... pics ... that reminds me, will you have your camera ready by this time next year, by any chance? :AH-HA_wink:

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Pics ... pics ... that reminds me, will you have your camera ready by this time next year, by any chance? :AH-HA_wink:

Perhaps you should call Chris Doane, I don't do freelance work! :P

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I was wondering if Borger would swoop in here and knock the smiles off our faces, and sure enough...

One of these with the 3.6L would be perfect in my garage.

Shouldn't let someone have control over whether you smile or not. Thats giving someone WAY too much power, especially if you've never met them.

Now, back to cars. This thing is cool. Camino, its your day buddy. Enjoy it! I am rooting for the G8 and all its variations to sell well. I really like the looks of this. Now when do we get the Crew Cab GMC version?

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Perhaps you should call Chris Doane, I don't do freelance work! :P

My, my! It sounds we have a mighty dirty mind here! :P

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My, my! It sounds we have a mighty dirty mind here! :P

I think you're the one with the dirty mind, I'm simply talking about taking pictures. :AH-HA_wink:

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I think you're the one with the dirty mind, I'm simply talking about taking pictures. :AH-HA_wink:

Well, I can only imagine what you'd say if I told you what I wanted you to photograph is black. :AH-HA_wink: :P

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Well, I can only imagine what you'd say if I told you what I wanted you to photograph is black. :AH-HA_wink: :P

You should wash it more often! :smilewide:

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You should wash it more! :smilewide:

Herein lies the problem: it's not around to be washed at the moment. But when it does show up, I expect you to visit and take some nice photos, ya hear? :AH-HA_wink: :smilewide:

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Herein lies the problem: it's not around to be washed at the moment. But when it does show up, I expect you to visit and take some nice photos, ya hear? :AH-HA_wink: :smilewide:

There is no intelligent life west of the Chesapeake Bay! :AH-HA_wink:

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