Much of the talk about Pontiac's demise over the past weekend centered on the GTO and Firebird, hot performance models whose glory days were decades ago.
However, not a word was mentioned on TV or radio reports about a 2009 Pontiac that might be the most collectable of all the Pontiacs ever produced during the brand's 84-year history.
The car is the rear-drive G8 GXP sedan.
From this guy's corner, I believe the G8, the over-the-top G8 GXP, and a few future rwd models would have turned Pontiac's fortunes around if the brand had not been axed.
While running through various Web sites over the weekend, I noticed a headline: “10 orphaned cars to drive before you die.” The story appears at www.caranddriver.com.
Among the vehicles featured are the DeTomaso Pantera, Plymouth Superbird, Sunbeam Tiger, Tucker sedan and others. At the top of the list is the G8 GXP. The story focuses on orphaned vehicles produced after 1944 that suffered the indignity of being abandoned.
The Web site called the demise of the G8 GXP “the biggest tragedy of the past decade.” The GXP arrived on dealer lots just months before the brand was axed.
“All G8s were a delight to pilot, with sharp, BMW-esque handling, rear-wheel drive and powerful engines,” according to www.caranddriver.com.
But only the GXP came with a 6.2-liter V-8 derived from the Chevy Corvette, and it offered a six-speed manual transmission. “With 415 hp, the handsome sedan ripped off 0-to-60 runs in 4.7 seconds and sounded like a pissed-off African lion,” the story continued.
Fewer than 2,000 GXPs were imported “virtually guaranteeing collectible status,” the story said.