G8 in Showrooms Now, Some Dealers Very Proud of Them

Unlike more mainstream media types who are coddled by manufacturers and allowed to check out new cars in advance of their release to the public, we at DB find ourselve much like you in that we must wait to test new cars until they show up in our local dealer showrooms. Such is the case with the hotly anticipated Pontiac G8, especially the V8 iteration. As they recently have arrived in showrooms near you (and us), it was time for a DB first drive. Armed with our best serious-buyer visages we swooped on the local dealer, who happened to have two black GTs. The friendly Reptile that greeted us was remarkably arrogant about the whole thing as he directed us to one of the cars. I looked it over, then went for the door to inspect the interior. The door was locked. Our Reptile didn’t offer to get the keys. We scanned the window sticker. $32,950, as advertised. It was appended with another sticker which cheerfully pointed out that the price had been also appended–with a $3000 “Market Adjustment.” “Yeah, its because these are so rare right now–we’ll probably have that for awhile. We had that on the Solstice for almost two years,” explained the Reptile proudly. Upon hearing how long we’ve been waiting to drive one, so that we could make our final determination whether to purchase it over the new M3 sedan, Reptile said this would not be possible. “Yeah we’re really not doing test drives on these right now, unless you’re buying one.” He seemed unconvinced that we were at this stage of the buying process.

As we left, the Reptile handed me his card, asking us to come back and give him as chance to earn our business. We’ll be happy to not oblige, and find someone else more eager to sell a new G8 GT.