Mechanically, the sport truck is nearly identical to the G8 sports sedan. It rides on the same platform, albeit lengthened about four inches between the wheels and six overall, uses the same four-wheel independent suspension layout with just a skosh more gusto in the rear to accommodate up to 1000 pounds of payload and a 3500-pound towing capacity, and the same sheetmetal forward of the doors. The interior is even a carry-over from the sedan, with the same trimmings and dimensions as the front seat of the four-door. Underhood, the G8 GT’s 6.0-liter V-8 is the only engine, with a six-speed automatic transmission and 361 horsepower ready to tank-slap that empty tail at every turn.
As much as we’re looking forward to driving this beaut (known as the Ute in Australia, where it is sold with a Holden badge), the real significance of the G8 sport truck is the commitment it represents from Pontiac. After years of what GM product guru Bob Lutz described as “enough body cladding to fill an Aztec,” the GM arm that has for years trumpeted itself as youthful, exciting, and sporty now seems to be telling the truth.