Pontiac G8 ST concept The 2010 Pontiac G8 ST is a dramatically different vehicle that blends the performance of the G8 sports sedan with the cargo capabilities of a light truck. It significantly stretches Pontiac’s commitment to style and performance and is expected to arrive in dealers’ showrooms in late 2009. Pontiac ramps up the excitement for the production model with a concept vehicle upgraded with accessories that inspire enthusiasts about the possibilities of this distinctive vehicle. In fact, this concept incorporates many parts that will likely be offered by GM Accessories when the G8 ST hits dealerships. Highlights of the concept vehicle include: * Liquid Hot exterior color with enhanced clear coat * Lowered ride height * Custom 20-inch wheels * Leather-trimmed seats with red inserts * G8 GXP steering wheel with red inserts * G8 GXP shift knob with red inserts * Custom interior trim kit (proposed GM Accessories part) * Hard tonneau cover (proposed GM Accessories part) The G8 ST concept is powered by a uniquely configured 6.0L small-block V-8, rated at 361 horsepower (269 kW) and 385 lb.-ft. of torque (522 Nm). It features GM’s Active Fuel Management technology, which allows the engine to switch from V-8 power to four-cylinder operation during light-load driving conditions, enhancing fuel economy. The transmission is a Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic.[Source: GM]
We're big fans of the Pontiac G8 ST so the thought of a radical SEMA version from GM had us a bit worried. Thankfully, the adjustments to the G8 ST seem to be generally mild and include the Liquid Hot paint job, a revised ride height (revised down — it's that kind of truck), 20-inch wheels and some interior touches from the Pontiac G8 GXP. Don't be surprised to see many of these parts offered either on a future G8 ST GXP or through the GM parts catalog. Click here for a larger photo. Press release below the jump.