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.