2010 Pontiac G8 ST: The Initials Stick

August 14, 2008
The winning name for the Pontiac sport truck shown at auto shows earlier this year is a simple one: G8 ST.

Pontiac announced this morning that its 2010 light-duty truck would wear the initials it bandied about when it first showed off the V-8-powered two-door truck. In the meantime, it's been running a naming contest on the Web to see if car pundits and enthusiasts could come up with better.

One of the names that cropped up often? El Camino, a nod to the Chevrolet model from the 1960s and 1970s that's a clear ancestor of the new Pontiac truck.

The G8 ST goes on sale late next year as a 2010 model, and with its 361-horsepower engine, Pontiac says it will hit 60 mph in 5.4 seconds. It shares the G8 sedan's basic running gear in front, but in back there's a 73.9-inch cargo bed that's good for 1,000 pounds of payload. The G8 ST also will tow 3,500 pounds, Pontiac says.

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