News was released today that Pontiac’s 2008 G6 GXP will carry a sticker price of $26,795 for the sedan and $26,595 for the coupe. The regular GT version of the G6 will have a price of $22,995 for either coupe or sedan. So what makes up the bulk of the difference between the two cars that would warrant an increase in price that is over $3,000? Try a sport tuned suspension, 6-speed automatic transmission, 18″ wheels and a lim 35 extra horsepower from a 3.6 liter engine (that is .1 liter larger engine than the GT).
While we should know that the G6 is not the G8 and will not have the same performance expectation (i suppose), it just seems as though we should expect more for $26,595. For that price point a Mustang GT can be had that has 48 more horsepower than the G6 GXP. And if Pontiac’s counter to that remark is that horsepower is not everything then they have no business putting out a sporty GXP with the expressive Hammerhead spoiler out the back.
The speed inspiring moldings that shape the G6 GXP are a telling expression of acceleration and should receive the support from within to back-up what it is saying. Many writers and industry people recognize that Pontiac is inÂ a major funk right now and in need of rescue. No one in GM seems eager enough to stick their neck out there and make a statement with something daring. The G6 GXP could certainly be part of that “dare to be daring” move, but it seems they stopped it half way. The design says “Go”, but the performance says “is it safe yet?”
Two years ago Pontiac hit a home run with the new Solstice. Today the Solstice is already old news in the fast moving industry and hardly moving. For 2008 Pontiac has new versions of the G6 and G8 that will be coming to the U.S. market very soon. What Pontiac lacks in performance bravery these days their Australian counterpart, the Holden Company, makes up for with unashamed brashness. Maybe the decision makers at Pontiac need to take a Pilgrimage Down Under.