2010 Chevy Camaro vs 2010 Pontiac G8: Face-Off What If? - 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Long-Term Road Test

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2010 Chevy Camaro vs 2010 Pontiac G8: Face-Off What If?

November 13, 2009

G8 GT versus Camaro Smokey Burnout Edition

Just for fun, let's imagine that Pontiac hasn't joined Oldsmobile and Geo in the great GM brand graveyard (located amongst a block of abandoned buildings in Detroit).

With that assumption, which would you buy: the 2010 Pontiac G8 GT or the 2010 Chevy Camaro SS? Both are from the same platform from Down Under, both have V8s, both are rear drive, both are General Motors products, both have switchblade flip keys, both are built in former British colonies not of the Original 13 variety. Am I missing anything?

If this were a Face-Off, which car would you pick? Click through to see what my selection would be.

For me, I'd pick the G8 GT. I can see out of the thing and place the front end better, I can put people in the giant back seat and it still looks pretty damn cool. I love the ride and handling balance, power delivery is excellent and the entire car just feels "right" to drive. Oh yeah, the steering wheel fits human hands and I don't look like a pratt driving it. On the downside, I'm not a fan of the interior controls, which were designed by some dude in the Outback after a few too many Foster's.

And sure, the G8 GXP makes power more on-par with the Camaro, but it's only 0.2 seconds quicker from zero to 60 than the GT. Also, it may have a manual, but I could live with the auto in a car like this.

Finally, the G8 is cheaper when similarly equipped to the Camaro. You get a few additional niceties, but I don't think they are worth the extra cost. Besides, I certainly don't find the Camaro more fun to drive and I can live with a car that is only 0.4 seconds slower from 0-60. The Camaro seems more like a fashion accessory. The G8 is actually useful and ultimately far cooler by being subtle.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor

(Look for the return of Face-Off in the coming weeks)

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