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Pontiac G8 2009

21 trips
16 MPG
Gas (Premium)
4 doors
5 seats

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No one likes to worry about mileage limits or added charges while they're driving a rental, especially a fun one like mine. Therefore, my mileage is unlimited and delivery is free to the whole Las Vegas metropolitan area. Turo insurance is required based on Turo's own rules, but if you are renting this vehicle, I highly recommend you pay for it using a credit card that offers PRIMARY Rental Car Insurance. This type of rental insurance is only offered by a few credit cards but using 1 of those credit cards affords me and you extra protection if the worst happens because you won't even have to go through Turo's insurance or your own insurance! Linked below is a list of all such credit cards: Next, you must know how to drive a manual transmission vehicle. When we meet to initially handoff the keys, you will drive me around the area for a couple of minutes so that I can quickly assess your ability to shift gears and use a clutch pedal, unless we discuss your manual shifting ability ahead of time. This is a 2009 Pontiac G8 GXP in black on black! The G8 GXP was only made for 1 year and there were only about 2000 GXPs made, of which, only about 700 have the manual transmission so you are driving a rare vehicle. This vehicle has the LS3 6.2 liter V8 straight from the factory, the same V8 that can be found in the 2009-2013 Chevrolet Corvette. The 6-spd manual transmission is amazing to row and a manual is truly rare in an automobile these days, especially a family sedan. But don't let the family sedan exterior fool you, with 415-hp (310 kW) and 415 lb./ft. of torque (563 Nm) plus the subtle but angry exhaust note, you'll fly under the radar of police but still draw stares when pulling up to valet on the Strip. Or you can blow the doors off other sporty cars with a 4.7 seconds 0-60mph (0-100kph) time. Literally, the only downside to all that power, size, and presence is that it sucks up fuel/petrol to the tune of 20 mpg (24 miles/imp. gal. or 8.5 km/L or 12 L/100km) on the highway. And in the city, it averages 13 mpg (16 miles/imp. gal. or 5.5 km/L or 18 L/100km). Combined driving averages about 17 mpg (20.5 miles/imp. gal. or 7 km/L or 14 L/100km). But it is a truly worthwhile price for the BMW-like driving dynamics and the American V8 muscle bass-line. In addition, this car sports ultra-high performance Michelin Pilot Super Sport summer tires so I'd recommend using the car to visit areas where the temperature will remain above freezing. However, when temperatures are in a comfortable range, these tires are ultra-sticky and invite confident driving along with the factory Brembo brakes. The interior of the car is no joke either. Leather seating all around with space for 5 (4 passengers + the driver). There is plenty of legroom in the back and the front, with space comparable to a BMW M5, Audi S6/S7 or Mercedes E63 AMG. The seats are all incredibly comfortable and supportive! The trunk also has a passthrough into the rear seat through the center, but unless you have anything truly oversized, it will probably fit in the cavernous trunk anyways. There is an audio input jack on the stereo system and the stereo itself definitely kicks out the beat. You can also link your phone to the Bluetooth for calls. The automatic dual-zone front climate control and the separate rear seat vents keeps all the occupants comfortable at all times no matter what the weather outside is doing. The windows are also tinted with heat/UV reflecting tint to keep the interior as cool as possible during the height of summer. However, the car is black so parking in the shade is encouraged as black loves to soak up the heat of the sun. For present day reference, the current Chevrolet SS sedan is the slightly updated version of this Pontiac G8 GXP. Known in Australia (where it was made) as the Holden Commodore VE-SS, the current Chevrolet SS is known as the VF-SS, so just slightly updated. Another great feature of Australian cars is that they are set-up for trailer hitches (American cars won't do it because auto manufacturers need to sell big trucks!) so accordingly there is a Class-I trailer hitch, ball and trailer wiring on this vehicle which is perfect for any hitch-mounted rack or trailer i.e. bike rack, luggage rack, mobility scooter rack, small utility trailer, small motorcycle carrier, etc. I hope you enjoy renting my vehicle and I look forward to hearing from you with any questions.


Manual transmission
Audio input
Long-term car
Heated seats
factory stock 415-hp, 6.2L, LS3 V8
6-spd factory stock manual transmission
Magnaflow exhaust for added sound
Michelin Pilot Super Sport UHP Tires
Cavernous trunk
Leather seats
Daytime running lights
Fog Lights
Class-I Trailer Hitch, ball, wiring
Power adjustable front seats
Cellphone charger x 2
In-dash info = mpg, tire pressure, etc.
Tilt and telescoping steering wheel
Automatic Dual Zone Climate Control
Separate rear HVAC vents
Audio cable

Parking details

You can park a car or motorcycle anywhere in the garages and parking lots surrounding Red Rock Casino for free as they don't charge for parking. Taking a taxi or using a rideshare service is always an option too.


No smoking, period. No animals in the car unless approved by me AND the car is cleaned before being returned. Please try to avoid eating in the car, but if you do, please check for dropped food immediately after eating.


21 ratings

Everything was perfect. James was very flexible and the answers were quick ! Would rent again with James.

Marie eve G.-Aug 3, 2018

I had an itch to drive something standard and this car goes above and beyond expectations. First time turo can't wait to drive the car again in December. Thank you again sir enjoy the Jim👍😁

Harley C.-Jun 23, 2018

James is a great person to work with, from the moment I booked the vehicle months before the trip up to the actual date of picking it up James was very helpful. The car itself AMAZING! So much power, drives smooth, not too bad in gas mileage for a V8. Extremely please with how everything turned out, definitely recommend to others and I’d definitely rent again if the time ever comes.

Douglas L.-Apr 28, 2018

The car was great, and the generosity from James even greater. He helped me collect and drop off the car, and was generous with his time to get me sorted. The car was a blast, very comfortable and roomy for 4 travellers and luggage, and it really eats the miles. It is a bit of a monster at startup, but settles down nicely until you need to pass someone. And a real cult car that has a following. I had more than one comment on the car from passersby, and ran into one superfan who could not stop talking about how awesome it was with everyone nearby. This was many since he worked for Pink jeep tours at the grand canyon. In comparison, I did not get this much attention from the Ghibli. Thanks James. Maybe again one day, if ever I am back in town.

Martin M.-Mar 18, 2018

Unique and underrated car, worth a try; perfect for enthusiasts. It was my first Turo experience and James and the car was without fault, flexible with pickup Locations and accommodating to time changes if needed. Also was provided with great info on the local area/scene.

Nick J.-Mar 7, 2018

Car Location
Las Vegas, NV 89135

McCarran International Airport

Up to 25 miles