2010 Pontiac G8 Sport Truck Engine and Name Update
There's been little news about the 2010 Pontiac G8 sport truck since the coupe utility pickup was unveiled earlier this year at the Chicago auto show. Now we're hearing from G8Nation.com, via Autoblog and Jalopnik, that Pontiac is considering a V-6 engine option for the Australian-built ute, and that “El Camino” is still in the running for the sport truck's official name.
Autoblog says a G8 sport truck with a 256-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 would share the sedan's EPA fuel economy ratings of 17/25 mpg city/highway. Pontiac originally said the first batch of G8 sport trucks would arrive only with the 361-hp, 6.0-liter V-8. Offering the V-6 at launch would likely save G8 sport-truck buyers money over the V-8; the purchase price would probably drop to under $30K (we're expecting a starting price of $31K for the V-8 version), and the V-6 runs on regular unleaded gasonline instead of the pricier premium unleaded required for optimal performance in the V-8 version.
Contrary to earlier reports, Jalopnik says the El Camino name is still viable for the G8 ST. El Camino was one of the most popular names submitted to Pontiac as part of its "Name the G8 ST" online contest. PickupTrucks.com's sources say the flip-flop on the name has been happening at the highest levels of the Pontiac and Chevrolet brands inside General Motors. Chevy purists think the El Camino name shouldn't be used on a Pontiac product, while El Camino supporters think it’s the perfect name for the G8 ST regardless of what badge it wears on its nose.