Elm City By Night: Pontiac G8 GT Illuminated

By Gunnar Heinrich | IMG Special to ADL by Kevin Kusina

THE G8 GT was made for the weekends.

As practical and comfortable as the car proved to be for everyday use, the muscular sedan (check those wheel well arches) really earned its stripes, chops, and/or fuel by being every bit the slick boulevardier last Saturday night in New Haven.

The red in the test car’s finish seemed to glow incandescent against the Elm City’s sodium vapor and neon – i.e. – it pops.

I lost count of the number of BMW drivers that swiveled to check out the G8; which externally owes much to the M√ľnchen School of Design (start at the kidney grille and head back to the Hoffmeister Kink).

Intriguingly, throughout this shameless copying, the Pontiac manages to retain a character uniquely its own.

Kudos to ADL’s camera guy exemplar Kevin Kusina and his Chevy Trailblazer (an ADL crew car of sorts) which comes complete with brake pedal that gives the same kind of feedback that comes from applying firm foot pressure to a softening pumpkin.

Thanks, Kev.

October 10, 2008

About the Author: Gunnar Heinrich is publisher of Automobiles De Luxe online and is executive producer of the Automobiles De Luxe Television series on PBS member station CPTV.

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  1. Yes, you may rip it a new one every time you drive it, but you love it like an annoying uncle.

  2. I almost mistook it for a Mercedes G8!! I look forward to your review of the Bentley Corolla and the Rolls Royce Rabbit.

  3. I almost mistook it for a Mercedes G8!! I look forward to your review of the Bentley Corolla and the Rolls Royce Rabbit.

    seriously just because these cars are up for grabs doesn’t mean it suits your content (this is meant as a compliment).

  4. Hmm…

    I appreciate those thoughts, “GM”. There’s some merit – the Pontiac name has been brought through the mud for years and the nameplate was never meant to compete with the likes of Cadillac, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, or Rolls-Royce.

    But this one car has special merit. It’s kind of like how the Robb Report included the Subaru WRX on its list of must haves a few years back. The same is true for Pontiac’s G8 GT.

    But as for the missing Bentleys and Rollses – I’ll have words from wheel time with the Bentley Continental GTC and the Porsche Boxster in a little while.

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