2010 Pontiac G8 Sport Truck Preview

Jeff Youngs | Dec 31, 2009
FAST FACTS
  • All-new Sport Truck model, to be named by consumers

  • Standard electronic stability control and anti-lock braking system (ABS)

  • Full complement of air bags/safety features

  • Standard 361-hp, 6.0-liter V-8 engine

  • Standard 6-speed automatic transmission with Active Fuel Management

  • 73.9-inch cargo bed with composite bed liner

  • Payload capacity of more than 1074 pounds

  • Can tow a 3500-pound trailer

  • 18-inch, machine-faced aluminum wheels

  • Expected to arrive in dealer showrooms in late 2009

Introduction

The 2010 Pontiac G8 Sport Truck-to be named by consumers-is an all-new model in Pontiac's G8 lineup. Based on the all-new Pontiac G8 performance sedan, the G8 Sport Truck carries a longer wheelbase as well as a versatile cargo bed. The sport truck is expected to arrive in dealer showrooms in late 2009.

Model Lineup

The 2-passenger, front-engine, rear-drive coup_-based Sport Truck, when it arrives in dealer showrooms in late 2009, will be an all-new model in the Pontiac G8 lineup. The body structure, reinforced with more than 60 new components, has a wheelbase about 4 inches longer and overall length 6 inches longer than the G8 sedan. Flared fenders, wrap-around taillamps, fully concealed tailgate hinges and a color-coordinated, soft tonneau cover to protect/conceal items stored in the cargo bed-as well as the coup_-like roofline profile-add to the Sport Truck's unique look, Pontiac says.

True to its G8 heritage, the new Sport Truck is expected to carry many of the same standard or optional features. These include cruise control; dual zone climate control; driver information center; Bluetooth connectivity; steering-wheel-mounted audio controls; power windows/locks/mirrors; remote keyless entry/remote start; and a theft-deterrent alarm system. In addition, 4-way adjustable, fully bolstered cloth seats are standard, with heated, 6-way leather seats optional that can be customized with 2-tone, black-and-red inserts and coordinating gauge cluster.

Two covered storage compartments are located beneath the load floor and include two cargo nets. The interior cargo area has more than 8.5 cubic feet of storage space. The Sport Truck has standard 18-inch, machine-faced aluminum wheels and summer performance tires, with all-season tires available as an option. Also available is an optional Sports package, including 19-inch, machine-faced aluminum wheels and summer performance tires.

Hardware

Shared with the Pontiac G8 GT, the G8 Sport Truck's 6.0-liter V-8 engine with Active Fuel Management delivers 361 hp at 5300 rpm and 385 lb.-ft. of torque at 4400 rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission which, in combination with the Active Fuel Management system, provides fuel economy comparable to a car and 0-60 mph time of about 5.4 seconds, Pontiac claims.

Four-wheel independent suspension with electronic stability control offers consistent handling during towing or loaded-bed situations, the automaker says, adding that the truck's front stabilizer bar-one millimeter longer than the G8 performance sedan-and its enhanced rear suspension helps support payloads without a compromise to vehicle handling.

Safety

The 2010 Pontiac G8 Sport Truck will include a full complement of standard safety features. These include electronic stability system, ABS, tire-pressure-monitoring system and OnStar. In addition, the truck will feature dual-stage frontal air bags with passenger sensing system; head-curtain side air bags; side thorax air bags; 3-point safety belts in all seating positions; and safety belt pre-tensioners.

Technology

The 2010 Pontiac G8 Sport Truck will provide premium sound with a 230-watt, Blaupunkt AM/FM 6-disc CD changer with MP3 input and 5 speakers. The sound and climate control systems are controlled through the 6.5-inch audio display.
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