Coordinator, GM Social Media
Never have I been more aware of my newbie status in the car industry than I was this week as I spent some time with automotive journalists and bloggers in San Diego. But regardless of my still blooming knowledge of how cars work, I can tell a good car when I drive one. Such was the case during my time driving the brand new Pontiac G8.
You know, I could tell you that the G8 has two powertain options (256 hp 3.6-liter V6 or 361 hp 6.0-liter V8), that it has a four-wheel independent suspension, that it has standard disc brakes featuring ABS and StabliTrak, or that the G8 361 hp G8 GT is the most powerful sedan under $30k in North America, but I’ll leave all that to the automotive journalists and bloggers who joined us for the media drive of the G8 this week. What I want to tell you about is what this fledgling auto enthusiast thought about the car.
I’ve seen the G8 before and even had the chance of filming some of the engineers driving a fleet of them into Detroit after a cross-country drive, but I guess I forgot how impressive the styling of the car was until I saw one outside the doors of the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego. Man, that car has a presence; a point noted by many of the hotel guests as they stopped to check it out.
After a quick early morning walk-around of the vehicle with a G8 engineer two of our media guests and I hopped in a bright red G8 GT (V8 version) and started our journey. I was immediately impressed with the beautiful interior, the styling of which really added to ambience of this powerful sedan. It took a little while to get used to having the power window controls and side-view mirror controls in the center console, rather than on the doors, but the reason for this I assume is due to the global nature of the vehicle. Having these controls in the center makes it easier to go from left-hand drive to right-hand drive.