What Changed for 2008:
- All-new G6 coupe, sedan and convertible
- All-new GXP model
- GXP-specific leather seating, trim and instrumentation
- New Street Edition package
- New 6-speed automatic transmission
- Standard stability control system
Pontiac expands its G6 portfolio in 2008 with the addition of the all-new front-engine, front-wheel drive, midsize 4-passenger G6 coupe, 5-passenger sedan, and convertible. In addition, Pontiac offers its G6 GXP model and Street Edition package. Other high-performance GXP models from Pontiac include the 2008 Grand Prix, Solstice and Torrent.
For 2008, Pontiac's G6 lineup includes coupe, sedan and convertible models, available as GT and GXP coupe; base sedan, GT sedan and GXP sedan; as well as base convertible models. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, console, analog instrumentation, cruise control, power door locks, and front bucket seats. Five packages are available on the sedan: Sport (available on base sedan); GT Preferred (available on base sedan); GXP Performance (available on GXP); Premium (available on GT); and Sun and Sound (available on base, GT and GXP models).
All GXP models include body-hugging, highly bolstered seats; racing-style gauges with true-red light-emitting diode (LED) instrument backlighting; automatic climate control; tachometer; and theft-deterrent system. Available options include heated seats; 6-way power-adjustable pedals; leather seating surfaces and leather-appointed seating with two-tone inserts; remote vehicle starting; and in-dash 6-disc CD changer. GXP coupe and sedan feature specific GXP sport-tuned suspensions; stability control; large, heavy-duty 4-wheel disc brakes and 4-channel anti-lock braking system. Base GXP models get 18-inch aluminum alloy painted flangeless 5-spoke wheels, while the Street Edition GXP (available in coupe and sedan) includes a new hood with scoops, hammerhead spoiler, and unique 18-inch wheels. Black chrome-finished 18-inch wheels are also available.
Two equipment packages are available on the G6 convertible. The Sport package includes a 3.9-liter V-6 sequential-fuel injection engine; exhaust outlets with dual chrome tips; 4-speed automatic transmission; 3.69 axle ratio; stability control; 18-inch alloy ultra bright 5-spoke flangeless wheels; front automatic air conditioning; and 6-way power driver seat adjuster. The Premium package includes remote vehicle starter; heated driver and front passenger seats; front bucket leather-appointed seats; 6-way power driver seat adjuster; power adjustable pedals; and front and rear carpeted floor mats.
There are four powertrains in the 2008 Pontiac G6 lineup. These include the Ecotec 2.4-liter 4-cylinder multi-port fuel injection engine that delivers 164 hp at 6400 rpm and 162 lb.-ft. of torque at 5000 rpm, paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission; and a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with sequential fuel injection (SFI) that generates 219 hp at 5900 rpm and 219 lb.-ft. of torque at 3200 rpm, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, standard on GXP. The 3.6-liter V-6 engine with sequential fuel injection and variable valve timing (VVT) produces 252 hp at 6300 rpm and 251 lb.-ft. of torque at 3200 rpm. It's mated to an advanced, electronically controlled 6-speed automatic transmission. Standard in the convertible is the 3.5-liter V-6 engine with sequential fuel injection that delivers 217 hp at 5800 rpm and 217 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. The optional 3.9-liter V-6 engine with SFI generates 222 hp at 5600 rpm and 238 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm.
EPA fuel economy estimates for the family of G6 engines are as follows: 22 mpg city/30 mpg highway for the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine; 17 mpg city/26 mpg highway for the 3.5-liter V-6 engine; 17 mpg city/26 mpg highway for the 3.6-liter V-6 engine; and 15 mpg city/22 mpg highway for the 3.9-liter V-6 engine.
Standard safety features on the 2008 Pontiac G6 include GM's StabiliTrak dynamic stability control system; PASSLOCK theft-deterrent system; OnStar (one-year of service included); dual-stage frontal and side-impact air bags; driver and right-front passenger air bags with passenger sensing system; and 3-point safety belts with pre-tensioners for front-seat occupants.
A Monsoon high-performance 8-speaker sound system with high-mounted tweeters and sub-woofer are standard on GT and GXP models. Other technology features include power programmable body-colored outside mirrors; heat-rejecting Solar Ray light-tinted glass; stereo with 6-disc in-dash CD changer, Radio Data System, TheftLock, random disc function and graphic equalizer; Driver Information Center; and auxiliary input jack for an iPod/MP3 player. OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation, vehicle diagnostics and hands-free calling are also available.