2011 Pontiac G8 Sport Truck Makes New York Auto Show Debut!

After all those rumors and speculations, it's finally true; the El-Camino is back in the form of the all-new Pontiac G8 Sport Truck that will go on sale in the North American market in late 2009. Just like its G8 sedan sibling, the Sport Truck is based on the corresponding Holden Commodore model, which bears the Ute nametag in Australia.

But don't hurry and call it theSport Truck though because Pontiac has launched an online competition to find a name for its new vehicle. "Because its fans will surely be as unique as the vehicle itself, we're giving them a voice in selecting a name that reflects its appeal", said Craig Bierley, Pontiac marketing director The winning entry will be announced April 15.

Based on the G8 sedan, the Sport Truck has a longer wheelbase and a cargo bed (with an available soft tonneau cover). Additionally, there's 8.5 cubic feet (245 liters) interior cargo area behind the seats. Compared to the sedan, the 118.5-inch (3,009 mm) wheelbase is approximately four inches longer and the overall length is six inches longer. The cargo bed measures at 73.9-inch (1878 mm) in length and has 42.7 cubic feet (1208 L) of space while it can carry a payload of more than 1,074 pounds (488 kg) and tow a 3,500-pound (1,600 kg) trailer.

Power comes from the same 6.0L V-8 engine used in the G8 GT that delivers 361 Hp and 385 lb.-ft. (522 Nm) of torque. The V8 is matted to a 6-speed automatic transmission and according to Pontiac; it has a 0-to-60 time of 5.4 sec. The G8 sport truck rides on 18-inch aluminum wheels with a P245/45R18 summer performance tire. An optional Sports Package includes 19-inch alloys with P245/40R19 summer performance tires. (Pics edited by Carscoop) - Details and images after the jump



Model: -2011 Pontiac G8 sport truck

Body style / driveline: -two-passenger, front engine, rear-wheel drive coupe-based sport truck

Construction: -unitized body frame, 2-side galvanized steel body with high-strength steel in chassis

EPA vehicle class: -truck

Manufacturing location: -Adelaide , Australia


Type: -6.0L V-8 w / Active Fuel Management (AFM)

Displacement (cu in / cc): -364 / 5967

Bore & stroke (in / mm): -3.99 x 3.62 / 101.3 x 92

Block material: -cast aluminum w/ cast-in-place iron bore liners

Cylinder head material: -aluminum

Valvetrain: -valve-in-head; 2 valves per cylinder; roller lifters

Ignition system: -high-energy distributorless ignition; solid state direct-fire ignition w/ coil near plug and integrated ignition

Fuel delivery: -returnless, multi-port fuel injection

Compression ratio: -10.4:1

Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): -361 / 270 @ 5300*

Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm): -385 / 522 @ 4400*

Recommended fuel: -premium unleaded

Maximum engine speed (rpm): -6000

Emissions controls: -evaporative system, dual exhaust with close-coupled catalytic converters, equal-length exhaust, positive crankcase ventilation, electronic throttle control


Type: -Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic

Gear ratios (:1): -

First: -4.03

Second: -2.36

Third: -1.53

Fourth: -1.15

Fifth: -0.85

Sixth: -0.67

Reverse: -3.06

Final drive ratio: -2.92


Front: -multi-link MacPherson strut; direct-acting stabilizer bar (24-mm dia.); progressive-rate coil springs; fully adjustable camber, caster and toe

Rear: -four-link independent; progressive-rate coil springs over shocks; decoupled stabilizer bar (12-mm dia.); higher lateral stiffness for handling through two lateral ball joints per side; fully adjustable camber and toe

Steering type: -variable-ratio rack-and-pinion; rack forward of front axle centerline

Steering ratio: -46-53 mm per revolution

Steering wheel turns, lock-to-lock: -2.8

Turning circle, curb-to-curb (ft / m): -38.4 / 11.7


Type: -four-wheel disc w/ ABS; ventilated front and rear rotors; twin-piston front calipers; single piston alloy rear calipers

Rotor diameter (in / mm): -front: 12.64 / 321
rear: 12.76 / 324


Wheel size / type: -18 x 8-inch machine-faced aluminum (std); 19 x 8-inch machine-faced aluminum (w / optional Sports Package)

Tires: -P245/45R18 summer tire (std); all-season tire optional; optional Sports Package includes P245/40R/19 summer tire


Exterior -

Wheelbase (in / mm): -118.5 / 3009

Overall length (in / mm): -201.8 / 5127.8

Overall width (in / mm): -74.8 / 1899

Overall height (in / mm): -58.3 / 1480

Track (in / mm): -front: 62.7 / 1592

rear: 63.3 / 1608

Curb weight (lb / kg): -3995 / 1812

Weight distribution (front / rear) -TBD


Cargo box -

Length at floor (in / mm): -73.9 / 1878

Width at floor (in / mm): -TBD

Width between wheelhousings (in / mm): -47.4 / 1206

Tailgate width (in / mm): -TBD

Inside height (in / mm): -TBD


Interior -

Seating capacity: -2

Headroom (in / mm): -38.8 / 985

Legroom (in / mm): -42.2 / 1071

Shoulder room (in / mm): -59.0 / 1501

Hip room (in / mm): -56.7 / 1439


EPA passenger volume (cu ft / L): -TBD

EPA interior volume (cu ft / L): -TBD

Cargo volume (cu ft / L): -42.7 / 1208

Trailer towing maximum (lb / kg): -3500 / 1600

Payload (lb / kg): -1316 / 597

Fuel tank (gal / L): -19.2 / 73

Engine oil (qt / L): -8.9 / 8.5 (dry)
8.8 / 8.3 (w / filter change)

Cooling system (qt / L): -11.4 / 10.8