Praised by Chevy El Camino fanboys as a revival of a cult classic, the Pontiac G8 ST compact pickup truck was originally scheduled for release late next year, but GM is now reportedly reconsidering the decision. Built on the gamed G8 platform, the G8 ST pickup was developed by GM’s Australian subsidiary, Holden, and is/was expected to mirror the Pontiac G8 sedan in terms of performance. Following the G8 ST’s official debut 2008 LA Auto Show, GM released all the juicy details on the new G8 ST, confirming that it would be available with 6.0L V8, conservatively rated at 361 horsepower and 385 pounds-feet of torque. Tentatively expected to hit dealer lots in October 2009, pricing for the 2010 G8 ST was expected to once again mimic its sedan counterpart, likely beginning in the low 30k range.
Providing an impressive amount of specifics given the considerably large gap between the vehicle’s show debut and its intended production time, Pontiac’s once steadfast confidence in the G8 ST has now begun to waffle. According to vice-president of Buick-Pontiac-GMC, Susan Docherty, Pontiac is now having serious second thoughts regarding the wisdom of introducing what is most certainly a niche vehicle into an incredibly unfavorable market. While no official orders have been given to cancel production, Docherty did admit that it was a possibility. “We are having lots of discussions,” explained Susan Docherty. “We would be foolish if we didn’t take a second look at whether or not that is the right thing to do.”
Source: Auto News