2008 Pontiac G8 Long Term Road Test

2008 Pontiac G8 GT: Wheels Done Right

June 25, 2009

Pontiac G8 GT Wheels

Here's an example of wheels done right: a chunky five-spoke design with a "machine-faced" aluminum finish. Unlike most alloy wheels, these appear to be unpainted and made from actual metal. You can see the brushed-like surface texture.

Contrast this with the ridiculous chrome-clad finishes American automakers somehow see as an upgrade on so many of its other cars. The Chevy Malibu we had in recently, the new Chevy Equinox, the Ford Edge or the G8 GXP are just some of the culprits/victims. Or how about Erin's 2010 Taurus? It looks like she stopped into the Big O Tire in Beloxi and found the cheapest chromed wheel she could find.

Even if it's real chrome rather than chrome-clad, I'll go for the G8 GT's aluminum finish and design any day. It strikes an appropriate balance between flash and class.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 23,655 miles

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