Pontiac’s 2009 G8 GXP was a welcome model in the united states and was the apt four-door Corvette, which the Americans had a longing for long. The model offered a sharper steering and there was a very spectacular response from the highly featured Brembo four-piston brake. Even though, it was not a huge hit, G8 GXP had surely won many hearts while on roads.
The 2009 Pontiac G8 GXP was the right type of four-door Corvette, which the Americans have ever longed for. Offering a sharper steering with a spectacular response from the Brembo four-piston brakes, G8 GXP has had all to rule the roads. The model was also featured an exceptionally balanced as well as neutral handling option to the driver and moreover the minimalist classy look of the interiors of the vehicle was really fabulous. All this for an undercut price, which made GXP so popular among the road masters.
Even though GXP was not the most successful Pontiac model, it will surely be remembered for long as one of the most powerful stock Pontiac of all times. As with the Holden’s HSV GTS, which is the direct ancestor of the G8 GXP, the top model G8 features a full strength 415-HP, 6.2-L LS3 V-8 engine which is derived directly from the Corvette’s engine. This when paired with a featured six-speed automatic transmission system or alternatively with a six-speed Tremec manual transmission, offers pretty decent pull. The LS3 V-8 was actually designed to run the Active Fuel Management, with the GM’s cylinder-cutoff mechanism; however the engineers later decided to put it off the GXP model as it would be dropping the engine output further by 20 to 30 HP.
Instead of it, the G8 GXP got the first-to-fourth gear skip system, which was one among the most hated system upto then, which eventually blocks the second and third when the vehicle is in low-road driving. By prompting the drive to fourth gear very early in an effort to save fuel. However, even this modification didn’t help GXP to pull itself out of the penalty for gas-guzzlers; however, this aggressive move just helped at a minimum to cut down the tax a bit. The internet was also thick with initiate it yourself instructions for the Corvette, so most of the Pontiac owners turned off this function pretty easily.
The next effect of all these efforts and change of thoughts was the most composed and modestly soft blacktop cruiser, which was capable of a spring to 60 mph in about 4.7 seconds. Quarter mile took about 13.3 seconds and at the speed of 109 mph, you can feel the LS3 roaring and rumbling with the right V-8 chuckle. The final turning of the chassis was done at Germany and the result of it was a truly adorable machine, which has got a deft Euro-sedan handling. The steering of GXP was much lighter and communication than the best racks from BMW and however managed to instill confidence to the driver while in hard corners.
At the lumpy roads, the FE3 suspension system had returned the shocks and there is also a 2mm-thicker rear stabilizer bar. As in all G8 models, GXP also features highly comfortable seats featuring excellent thigh support as well as thick bolsters. The back seat riders are also well taken care of with more leg and knee room as well as a restful recline feature.