Pontiac announced pricing today for the most powerful production car it's ever offered. The 2009 Pontiac G8 GXP will start at a moderate $39,995, including $685 destination and freight charges and $1700 in gas guzzler taxes.
That price is quite competitive, considering the GXP packs the 415-hp 6.2-liter LS3 V-8 from the Chevrolet Corvette. With that power plant, the four-door G8 GXP will sprint to 60 mph in under five seconds. There aren't many other sedans out there that can hustle like that for under $40K.
Options for the G8 GXP are few. It is the only G8 model available with a manual transmission (a six-speed Tremec 'box), but those who prefer to do their own shifting will have to pony up an extra $695. Shift-it-yourselfers will be further disappointed to learn that the six-speed manual is equipped with GM's dreaded skip-shift feature that forces first to fourth up shifts under low load conditions. The only other option offered is a sunroof for $900.
The G8 GXP is rated for 13 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the freeway (hence the gas guzzler charge), and is expected to arrive at dealers in the first quarter of 2009.