Pontiac may have passed away years ago, but if you scan the numerous forums dedicated to the Pontiac G8, you’ll find a community that is alive and well with daily posts, comments and technical FAQs revolving around modifying these stately sedans. And they’re passionate, too, often exuding a pride about their G8s in the most vocal sense.
While the Chevy SS is the spiritual successor to the G8, and to GM’s natural RWD progression years later, next to a G8 it looks a tad sedate, especially when a G8 like Romualdo’s has just the right amount of visual acuity.
Fender flares from the factory are accentuated when introduced to a set of proper coilovers such as the ones from BC Racing that Romualdo installed. They not only drop the G8 down for better handling and performance, but they also offer adjustability depending on the situation. He also chose a set of 20-inch K3 Projekt IND-5SGs with flat faces that seem to fit perfect in the clean styling and appearance of this particular G8. It’s a case where the more you stare at the car, the more you appreciate it (and in my case, the more I personally want one spec’d out similarly).
In 2009, when the reckoning was coming down on Pontiac and American automobiles in general, GM vice chairman (at the time) Bob Lutz was quoted as saying the G8 was “too good to waste”, and he fought tooth and nail to keep it from fading away. However, no amount of brand loyalty and enthusiast indoctrination could keep it alive.
It’s a shame that it didn’t work out for the G8. I personally love the looks, and I know it could easily be made better with the right amount of modifications. Unfortunately, the timing just wasn’t right, and the G8 fell victim to a massively terrible time period for this country that affected not only Pontiac but also countless Americans.
There’s a light still shining, though. The brand is gone, there will be no more G8s made, but the pure enthusiasm for the car remains as strong as ever. This is the core of the car scene, and owners are still doing everything they can to keep it just the way it is.
2009 Pontiac G8 GT Specs
Horsepower: 398.4 Wheel Horsepower
Torque: 374.9 Torque
Livernois Stage 1C cam
Dual titanium valve springs
LS7 lifters and buckets
COMP Cam trunion bearings
Ported intake manifold
Ported/polished throttle body
Kooks LTH 1-7/8
3-inch Dual Solo Performance unbalanced catback
BC Racing BR coilovers
K3Projekt IND-5SG 20x9.5 F and 20x11 R
Michelin Pilot Super Sport 265/30/20 and 285/30/20
Brembo 6-piston front and 4-piston rear
Goodridge SS brake lines
GXP front bumper
3.45 rear differential
CHenry Motorsports Tune
Carbon Fiber Valve covers
Carbon Fiber Radiator cover