Cadillac or competing brand model ? Why ? Discussion, '08 CTS vs '08 Pontiac G8 in Item Specific Cadillac Discussion; Just wondering, did any '08 CTS buyers (or future buyers) consider (even momentarily) the Pontiac G8?
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Re: '08 CTS vs '08 Pontiac G8
I thought about it enough to compare all the dimensions and performance figures based on the Holden. G8 has more rear seat leg room, bigger trunk. To get equivalent performance as the CTS, I'd have to get the V8 and give up some fuel mileage. From what I could tell, the G8 couldn't be equiped with all the luxury features the CTS has. Plus, I felt the CTS was a little more exclusive. With the lower price of the G8, I figured I'd see myself coming and going all the time.
I also considered the G8 (along with Infiniti G35 and Saab 9-3). Once I decided that I wanted an American car (I guess the G8 is sill technically an import), these were the only two I could find that I liked. What I don't like about the G8, now that it is in hindsight, is how dulled down it is from the show version that came out earlier in the year. It looks like it received the "family treatment". Maybe I'll like the family treatment in 10 years, but I'll stick with the CTS for now.
is how dulled down it is from the show version that came out earlier in the year.
That one was never planned to come over. They showed a car with special competition rims( HSV rims) and said that they did not think they would launch the car with them. I think 2009 will yield a G8 GXP with those rims along with the HSV tune for the motor of 400+HP like they already do down under. I hope they do as I might consider than one once my CTS lease is up.
I haven't had a chance to drive the G8, but sat in one during the Chicago show. Much larger back seat, but the interior isn't nearly as nice, and the exterior styling isn't nearly as distinctive. As good as the G8 likely is, I don't think many CTS buyers will wish they'd opted for the Pontiac.