Pontiac's 2008 G6 includes three different body styles--sedan, coupe, and convertible. The sedan is available in base, GT, or GXP trim, while the coupe is offered in either GT or GXP models. The convertible is only available in mid-range GT trim.
The G6 convertible has room for four and a unique, tight folding-hardtop arrangement designed by German coachbuilder Karmann that can stow away in about 30 seconds.
A total of four different engines are offered in the G6 range, each paired with either a four-speed automatic or six-speed automatic transmission. Base G6 sedans get an economical 2.4L four-cylinder engine underhood, with 164 horsepower, matched with a four-speed automatic. GT models step up to a 219-horsepower, 3.5L V6, plus a four-speed automatic with manual control. The top GXP model, which is new for 2008, gets a more powerful, 3.6L engine with variable valve timing, making 252 horsepower, along with a new six-speed automatic, also with manual control. On convertibles, the 3.5L engine is standard, with a 3.9L V6, making 222 horsepower, is optional. Both come with a four-speed automatic.
With the four-cylinder engine, the G6 returns impressive EPA fuel economy estimates of 22 city, 30 highway under the stricter 2008 calculations.
The base G6 includes air conditioning, a CD sound system, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and power windows, locks, and mirrors. The mid-range GT adds a generous amount of equipment, including fog lamps, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, cruise control, keyless entry, leather interior trim, and an upgraded eight-speaker Monsoon audio system with subwoofer.
Besides the new 3.6L engine and six-speed transmission, the GXP brings a sportier edge to the G6, with a performance-tuned suspension, larger 18-inch wheels, the StabiliTrak stability control system, and a number of other improvements in addition to what's offered on the GT, including a unique front fascia, dual exhaust tips, a rear spoiler, heated seats, and automatic climate control.
Six air bags are now standard on the G6, including side thorax air bags in front, and standard side curtain air bags on coupes and convertibles.
Major options--some of them available in value packages--include power-adjustable pedals, six-way power heated leather seats in front, an in-dash, six-disc changer, and remote vehicle start.
Engine, 3.5L Variable Valve Timing V6 SFI (Sedan and Coupe 219 hp [163.0 kW] @ 5900 rpm, 219 lb-ft of torque [297.0 N-m] @ 3200 rpm) (Convertible 217 hp [162.1] @ 5800 rpm, 217 lb-ft of torque [293.6 N-m] @ 4000 rpm)
Axle, 3.29 ratio
Front wheel drive
Suspension, Sport, with thicker direct-acting front stabilizer bar and enhanced steering rack bushing and thicker rear stabilizer bar
Steering, Hydraulic Power Steering (HPS)
Exhaust outlet, single chrome tip
Wheels, 17" (43.2 cm) Chrome-Tech cast aluminum
Tires, P225/50R17 touring, blackwall
Headlamps, halogen composite with reflector optics, automatic exterior lamp control and 20-second delay off feature
Fog lamps, front, integral in fascia with projector beam
Daytime Running Lamps
Glass, Solar-Ray light-tinted, heat rejecting
Mirrors, outside power-adjustable, Satin Black
Wipers, front intermittent, speed-sensitive, controlled-cycle
Audio system, AM/FM stereo with CD player seek-and-scan, Radio Data System (RDS), speed-compensated volume, TheftLock, equalizer, Driver Information Center and auxiliary input jack for iPod/MP3 player
XM Satellite Radio. With a wide variety of programming, XM has something to excite any driver. Whether you want to be entertained or informed, to laugh, think, or sing, XM has the perfect channel for you - coast-to-coast, and in digital-quality sound. 3 trial months - no obligation (Available in the 48 contiguous United States. Required $12.95 monthly subscription sold separately after 3 trial months. All fees and programming subject to change Subscription subject to customer agreement. For more information, visit gm.xmradio.com.)
Audio system feature, Monsoon high-performance 8-speaker system with high-mounted tweeters and subwoofer
Seats, 45/45 front bucket
Seat adjuster, driver 4-way manual with power height adjustment and ratcheting lumbar
Seat, rear 60/40 split-folding
Console, floor with floor shifter, integral armrest, lighted shift indicator, parking brake and storage compartment
Steering column, tilt and telescopic
Steering wheel, leather-wrapped
Steering wheel controls, mounted audio controls
Instrumentation, analog with speedometer, temperature, fuel, tachometer and trip odometer
Door locks, power programmable with lockout protection and delayed locking
Windows, power with driver Express-Down
Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
Remote Keyless Entry, extended-range
Trunk release, power
Theft-deterrent system, vehicle, PASS-key III+
Air conditioning, single-zone manual
Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
Visors, driver and front passenger vanity mirrors (Illuminated visor vanity mirrors)
Shift knob, leather-wrapped
Brake handle, leather-wrapped
Lighting, interior with illuminated entry and theater dimming
Map pocket, driver seatback
Map pocket, front passenger seatback
Traction control, Traction Control System (TCS), full-function
Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc, includes Traction Control
OnStar, 1-year of Safe and Sound plan. Includes Automatic Notification of Air Bag Deployment, Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, Emergency Services, Roadside Assistance, Remote Door Unlock, OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Hands- Free Calling, AccidentAssist and Remote Horn & Lights (OnStar services require vehicle electrical system (including battery), wireless service and GPS satellite signals to be available and operating for features to function properly. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service provides. OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics available on most 2004 MY and newer GM vehicles. Diagnostic capability varies by model. Visit onstar.com for system limitations and details. Includes rear center-mounted roof antenna.)
Air bags, dual-stage frontal and side-impact, driver and right-front passenger and head curtain side-impact, front and rear outboard seating positions with Passenger Sensing System (Head curtain side air bags are designed to help reduce the risk of head and neck injuries to front and rear seat occupants on the near side of certain side-impact collisions. Always use safety belts and correct child restraints for your childs age and size. Even in vehicles equipped with air bags and the Passenger Sensing System, children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. Never place a rear-facing infant restraint in the front seat of any vehicle equipped with an active frontal air bag. See the vehicles Owners Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
Safety belts, 3-point, driver and right-front passenger, height-adjustable
Safety belts, 3-point, rear, all seating positions
LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats