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by George Skentzos

US customers buying the Australian Holden Commodore-based Pontiac G8 will have to wait until 2009 for a manual transmission – if at all.


As with its Australian counterpart, the Pontiac G8 will be available with either the 3.6-litre V6 or 6.0-litre LS2 V8 engine.

At launch, the only transmission available to the US market will be the six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shift functionality unique to the US.

“It is believed that there will be a manual option for 2009, although GM has yet to confirm if and when a manual will be available.”

US pricing for the G8 will begin at AU$30,962 for the entry level V6 model, and AU$33,655 for the V8 – a virtual slap in the face for Australian buyers.

The Pontiac G8, which relieves the aging Grand Prix, will begin deliveries in the US by 2008.

Source: LeftLaneNews