Wasting no time in stepping back into his newly redefined vice-chairman's capacity, Bob Lutz today confirmed what's been rumored and hoped for since the announcement the Pontiac Division would be shut down, namely that there's very real chance that the high-performance G8 sedan will carry on wearing a Chevrolet badge. In a wide-ranging webchat forum on GM's Fastlane blog, Lutz happily noted that: "The G8 has finally been discovered by a broader percentage of the buying public. The owners are ecstatic about them, many calling it the best sedan they've ever driven. We consider it too good to waste. So we're studying the feasibility of bringing it in as a Caprice for both law enforcement and the public." While that statement may not qualify as being an absolute life preserver, it's as close as you're likely to come given today's still-grim market conditions.
Based on a mildly retrimmed version of GM's Australian-built Holden Commodore, the rear-drive Pontiac G8 matches its roomy interior and well-sorted chassis with three different engines: a base 3.6-liter/256-horsepower V6 as well as two V8s -- a 6.0-liter/361-horse version and a 6.2-liter that cranks out 415 ponies in its top-line GXP guise. The G8 has always possessed impressive bang-for-the-buck credentials. Supported by a more effective (i.e. better-funded) Chevrolet marketing effort that's further reinforced by its potential for dedicated police use, this nascent next-gen Caprice could well prove a winning proposition that would cost GM little more than a new set of Bow Tie badges.