What it Is
Pontiac G6 GXP Brief – 2007 Detroit Auto Show: GM’s performance brand is slated to offer two new sporty models for the 2008 model year, each pushing more than 250 horsepower and bolstered by some go-fast visual tweaks. One of the pair is the Pontiac G6 GXP, available this fall in coupe and sedan variants. Behind the redesigned fascia and below the scooped hood is a 3.6-liter V6 with variable valve timing that offers 252 horses. The G6 GXP also boasts new spoilers and wheels and a performance-tuned suspension outside, and aggressively-bolstered seats and racing gauges inside.
What’s Under the Hood
Pontiac offers the 2008 G6 GXP, available in coupe and sedan trims, powered by a 3.6-liter, dual overhead cam V6 engine with variable-valve timing and cranking out 252 horsepower and 251 lb.-ft. of torque. Mated to this front-driver’s six-cylinder engine is a six-speed automatic transmission designed to improve performance and efficiency versus a traditional four-speed gearbox. Behind the scenes are a sport-tuned MacPherson strut front suspension, a multi-link rear suspension, StabiliTrak stability control, and antilock disc brakes.
What it Looks Like
Designers have distinguished the 2008 Pontiac G6 GXP with a number of aesthetic upgrades, not the least of which are more conspicuous spoilers, sporty hood scoops, revised front and rear fascias and rocker panels, and dual exhaust openings. Up front are fog lights and a chrome grille with stainless steel inserts. Inside, the G6 GXP features sport bucket seats, upgraded gauges, and an automatic climate control system, while treats like leather sets, power-adjustable pedals, and heated seats are reserved for the options list. Base and Street Edition versions of the G6 GXP will be available, each with standard 18-inch painted alloys or optional black-chrome 18s.
Photos courtesy of Pontiac and Thom Blackett