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2008 Pontiac G6 GXP

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The 2008 Pontiac G6 GXP. I just saw one for the first time on the road. There doesn't seem to be much buzz surrounding this model.

When did it hit the dealerships?

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The 2008 Pontiac G6 GXP. I just saw one for the first time on the road. There doesn't seem to be much buzz surrounding this model.

When did it hit the dealerships?

A while...I remember seeing a couple at the local Pontiac dealer about 6 months ago..haven't seem any on the road...it's a very polarizing design.

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I wonder if it would have done better as a pillarless hardtop?

But seriously, maybe the GXP thing would have been better on the hardtop convertible?

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I like it because it breaks the mold of headlight\grille/headlight in one horizontal plane.

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I wonder if it would have done better as a pillarless hardtop?

But seriously, maybe the GXP thing would have been better on the hardtop convertible?

I think that would be interesting...a GXP HC with a manual transmission.

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I think it looks ridiculous in person. I've only seen one.

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I'm glad I don't see many of these on the road. They are hideous.

+1

It means that a good majority of the public still have good taste.

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My main beef with this car is the hammerhead wing.
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This thing looks so bad I would buy a Camry before I bought a G6 GXP, because not even the Camry is as ugly.

And if we're comparing FWD, the Altima is awkward at some angles but still not anywhere near as ugly ore miss proportioned. It's no contest with Accod, which is by far the best looking FWD coupe on the market right now.

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The base coupe has an attractive overall shape. I like the car much better without all the add-ons and that hideous rear wing spoiler. The front end design is this vehicle's major downfall. The car has one of the most boring headlight designs combined with an elongated bucktooth grille (I love the Bugs Bunny references in the previous posts) that singlehandedly destroys the iconic nature of Pontiac's twin nostril grille. If Pontiac could give the G6 coupe an interesting, yet attractive front end design, then I think it would be one nice looking coupe.

The GXP version is atrocious. It's too "boy-racer" for my tastes.

On a side note: I think the G6 convertible is a definite indication that a "TwinTop" coupe version of the upcoming Insignia would be one hot looking car.

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This thing looks so bad I would buy a Camry before I bought a G6 GXP.

I would buy a Camry before any G6.

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i think there's one on a lot in the next town over. not seen any on the streets though.

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No longer a fan of the Warrner Bro edition G6. When I saw it persone it killed it.

There are a few in my area here in Ohio and all were driven by women.

I supported this car when I saw the GM pictures. And I though it would look better inperson.

Well I hated it at the auto show and on the road it is worse. The real wing is wrong and the nose looks like it is in a fun house mirror.

But the shinny gille is what is the deal killer as it is like some kind of chome. Pontiac should have used the nickle plate like on the Solstice. Pontiac should have cut down on the bling and understated the grille. Even the black like on the race cars would have been better and more aggresive looking.

Either way the sooner they send Elmer Fudd to take out this waskaly wabbit the better. The G6 needs replaced. Maybe Pontiac should have taken a right in Albuquerque.

Lets just pray Pontiac if they survive do not go on to make a Daffy Duck G8 with a screaming duck on the hood!

I am sad to say if the market does not imporve and they do not start bring in more money GM will be Chevy, Caddy and maybe Saturn by the end of 2011. The slow market has taken this out of GM's hands at this point. You might have to go to ShangHi to get a Buick, By a Chevy to get a truck and the Pontiac name may have to be suspended.

Many at the Pontiac Natiionals yesterday are very worried and most are not the kind that worry.

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The G6 is really a lame product--very old-school GM. It debuted with a crap steering system with crap engines and a crap interior and crap transmissions, and they've been slowly trying to improve it since.

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G6 GT coupe is well-equipped with no options, imo. I just wish the 18" rims continued into '09 as a stand-alone option. A Silver Green GT coupe with Ebony cloth, woodgrain trim, and the 18" rims would suit me just fine, alas, it appears the 18s are only included with the "Street Edition" '09 GT trim level.

Yesterday, I stumbled upon my local BPG dealer's annual Pontiac show. Some very sweet cars there, as old as 1933, IIRC. A beautiful 40's Woodie wagon, in Battleship Gray, a red '63 Tempest 326 convertible, perfect '73 Grand Am tintop, '77 Can Am and a PRISTINE '77 Grand Prix SJ in silver/silver with black vinyl buckets and a 400, Rallye II rims with blackwalls... shown by the original owner, a little granny who was talking very well for herself with a goodlooking guy admiring the car.

One G6 GTP coupe in white with the 18s, debadged, with a low ducktail spoiler, aftermarket exhaust, dark windows and "G6performance.com" stickers caught my eye. Another great thing at the show was the large turnout of new GTOs, driven by hot young men. There were crowds assembled at one blue one in particular, with a built LS2 engine, owner claiming 700+ ft/lbs torque.

Pontiac needs to keep their romantic, rebel spirit alive... because there are people who value that spirit. GM, please keep your brands focused, your customers will stay, and new ones will be snagged... but you MUST let the brands communicate to the customer. Let Pontiac be Pontiac.

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Pontiac needs to keep their romantic, rebel spirit alive... because there are people who value that spirit. GM, please keep your brands focused, your customers will stay, and new ones will be snagged... but you MUST let the brands communicate to the customer. Let Pontiac be Pontiac.

This has been the major problem with Pontiac for quite some time now. GM has given the division too many roles in the past (the worst being "twin-nostrilized" rebadged Chevy clone brand) and now the brand has a major identity crisis. With the exception of the G8 and Solstice, the rest of the lineup is basically "Chevy with an attitude" products aimed at the same affordable portion of the market that Chevy covers. To give some mojo back to the Pontiac brand, the General would need to give it distinct products with a little "something, something" special to differentiate the brand and make it relevant again in the market and in GM's hierarchy. The window of opportunity to do this may very well be closed tight and nailed shut at this point in time. GM doesn't have the money to make it happen and the U.S. market isn't in any condition to properly support it or make it successful.

It's a shame that GM allowed its bean counters and dealers to dictate the pathetic path that Pontiac is on today. When the company had the resources and market conditions to remake Pontiac into something that was truly more premium than Chevy that could retain and/or grow market share, GM turned away and allowed it to deteriorate into what it is today.

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Yep, these are out and about albeit in scarce numbers. When I was car shopping, I actually started to like them...hah...after looking at some coupes.

But price wise and equipment, color, etc. I went for a GT coupe and love it. But that's not that I dislike the GXP...the 3.6L/6-speed alone was swaying me there for a few hours of romping around in one. Good thing I was just as impressed, but in a little different way, with the unexpectedly ferocious 3.5L puhrod.

What IS even more rare is not only do I have the '08 GT coupe but an intern at work had an '08 GXP coupe in full Street Package guise before me. Hers is red metallic with black leather, and it's quite the site to see my White Diamond GT and her Red GXP next to each other...so close yet SO different. Oh, and the, ahem, $29k GXP was a graduation gift :rolleyes:

When I was test driving some and took both a GT and a GXP back to work in the same day, everyone liked the GT more and thought the GXP was bizarre. I said "batmobile" and all still agree. BUT I still really like the GXP...maybe it's the old school, bad days of wings and scoops or maybe it's just because it's another step up on car I love as it is, but it's a cool car in person. Bizarre, and can be garish, but attention getting.

I still need to get a picture of our 2 cars side by side...but for the time being...

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I still wish the GTP model was around with the clean look of the GT with the 18's but also the 3.6L/6-speed.

There's still some 2007 leftovers around and I considered a few of these, for a nice discount, when buying my '08 GT. Then again, gas mileage and power wise, I'm still elated with the 3.5L as it is...AND my White Diamond with Taupe cloth, which I never could have had otherwise.

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I saw one on the road. The spoiler doesn't fit the car, and looks a little bit ridiculous. Didn't get a good look at the front.

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This has been the major problem with Pontiac for quite some time now. GM has given the division too many roles in the past (the worst being "twin-nostrilized" rebadged Chevy clone brand) and now the brand has a major identity crisis. With the exception of the G8 and Solstice, the rest of the lineup is basically "Chevy with an attitude" products aimed at the same affordable portion of the market that Chevy covers. To give some mojo back to the Pontiac brand, the General would need to give it distinct products with a little "something, something" special to differentiate the brand and make it relevant again in the market and in GM's hierarchy. The window of opportunity to do this may very well be closed tight and nailed shut at this point in time. GM doesn't have the money to make it happen and the U.S. market isn't in any condition to properly support it or make it successful.

It's a shame that GM allowed its bean counters and dealers to dictate the pathetic path that Pontiac is on today. When the company had the resources and market conditions to remake Pontiac into something that was truly more premium than Chevy that could retain and/or grow market share, GM turned away and allowed it to deteriorate into what it is today.

All you say is quite correct. But if you look at GM history it's not an entirely new state of affairs. Up until about the mid fifties, you could barely tell the difference between a Pontiac and a Chevrolet. When you look at Pontiacs pre 50s, they almost look like rebadged Chevrolets.

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