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Owner Spotlight-Meet STAGEUP
Oct 28, 2014 - 10:01 PM - by The Yeti
The Yeti's Avatar fk by NikonFly, on Flickr

Well hello there my fellow G8'ers! First of all, I'd like to say that it's an honor to be in the spotlight! My name is Rhett and I'm from Gilbert Arizona. I am proud to say that I've been a loyal GM fan since I was 5 years old. I saw my first Corvette in Los Angeles back in 1986 and that was all I needed to become a hardcore GM fan! Now, don't get me wrong, I do recognize a great automobile when I see one, even when it isn't GM. GM just creates that "spark" for me though.
So, needless to say, I have never owned anything, but GM. My first vehicle was a 1982 Chevy S10 that I drove during the late 90s. Next was a 1989 Buick Lesabre T-Type. After that I got my hands on a 1998 Grand Prix GTP coupe. I then felt the need for RWD. So, in 2005 I bought a new LS2 GTO M6. In 2007, I ended trading my GTO in for a LS6 CTS-V. During that time, I had also gotten ahold of my Awesome Syclone from the original owner in California. A couple months after that, I told my fiance it was time for her to "move up". So we went to the Chevy dealer and pick up her brand new 2007 TBSS. Fast forward to 2011. I was on a business trip one night and decided to type "G8 GXP" in my cars.com search. Thats when I saw "The next big thing"! lol. I scrolled down to the description, crossing my fingers that I'd see "Manual trans" in that description. YES! She was a manual!
So I rushed back home from my business trip and told the wife about it. The wife immediately said "we need that car!" Whooo Hooo! Most awesomest wife ever! So, I ended up trading the CTS-V in for the GXP! Great trade in my opinion. I haven't looked back!

At Wildhorse Pass Motorplex in Chandler AZ....

f5 by NikonFly, on Flickr

The GXP is kept fairly simple in hopes of keeping it as desirable as possible. So, simple bolt ons is all she has right now.

engine1 by NikonFly, on Flickr

Here is a great view of the "Man pedal". This is were the magic happens.

jk0 by NikonFly, on Flickr

Here she is running a 12.0@115 mph agaianst a poor 5th Gen Camaro. I know, I know. It may be a little difficult to see the Camaro during the race.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uupe...xsBDzFImcyBfeA

And here I am doing some testing on the street while granny shifting...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fK71...xsBDzFImcyBfeA

My G8 GXP has been my best car yet. What I love most about it is how rare she really is. I also love that the kids and the wife all have a blast in it while being comfortable. The G8 may not be all "GM", but it's got the most important part of GM sitting under that steel hood.

Here are the other two currently sharing the stable with the GXP...

b1 by NikonFly, on Flickr

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The Official SEMA Show After Party, And Everyone's Invited.
Oct 17, 2014 - 10:43 AM - by AutoGuide.com
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There's going to be something different about the SEMA Show in Las Vegas this year that might be worth planning a trip around. This year, the show's organizers will give people in Sin City a chance to see the show in person regardless of whether or not they are directly affiliated with the automobile industry. SEMA is one of the largest trade shows the city hosts every year, but normally admission is reserved for people who are there on "official" business. Typically, that means its a mostly off-limits mecca for modified car enthusiasts, but that won't be true this year because on Friday, November 7, much of the show will be publicly on display for "SEMA Ignited." From 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., cars from the show will pour out of the Las Vegas Convention Center onto the Strip. The show's organizers said they decided to add the event because there have been so many enthusiasts crowding around the exit at the end of the week to watch the cars exiting. Additionally, the "best of show" awards will be given out during a televised presentation as part of the Ignited event. A proud sponsor of SEMA Ignited, AutoGuide will be on hand to capture all the action.
Click here for more details on SEMA Ignited.
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Vote in the AutoGuide.com Reader’s Choice Car of the Year Awards
Oct 10, 2014 - 3:59 PM - by AutoGuide.com




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What new vehicle should be Car of the Year? The decision is up to you!

The AutoGuide.com Reader’s Choice Car of the Year Awards are back and we’re once again giving you the opportunity to vote on what the best car of 2015 should be.

In addition to the overall Car of the Year award, there are six other categories where you can vote for your favorite including Truck of the Year, Sports Car of the Year, Green Car of the Year, Utility Vehicle of the Year, Luxury Car of the Year and Luxury Utility Vehicle of the Year.

Voting will run until November 9th and once we tabulate all the results, the winners will be announced November 20th. Then we’ll be presenting each of the automakers with a legit award that they’ll proudly display.

Oh, and for voting, you’ll be entered to win a set of BF Goodrich tires!

Your vote counts, so vote today right here. http://www.autoguide.com/2015-reader...-the-year.html
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2014 Paris Motor Show Coverage
Oct 01, 2014 - 2:28 PM - by AutoGuide.com



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Kicking off the auto show season, the Paris Motor Show opens its doors to the public next week, but AutoGuide's team of reporters will get you inside early with three days of coverage from the City of Lights.



And there's a LOT of amazing hardware to see, from the Ferrari 458 Spider A, to a wild new Lamborghini Hybrid. The performance car action doesn't stop there either with the world premiere of the Mercedes AMG GT set to take place, along with a new 500+ horsepower C63 AMG.



Additional German performance comes from the new Audi TT, while rumors suggest a TT sedan will also be unveiled.



A long list of other cars includes the Range Rover Sport, Jaguar XE, Honda Civic Type R, Fiat 500X, Kia Sorento, VW Golf Alltrack and the Toyota C-HR – a sort of Prius crossover.



And one really big surprise is a 550-hp Infiniti Q80 hybrid concept.



Coverage runs October 1st to 3rd and, as always, includes the best auto show video coverage out there.


For more Paris Motor Show coverage: http://www.autoguide.com/auto-shows/...rage-4134.html
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Owner Spotlight-Meet hazer396
Sep 12, 2014 - 10:28 AM - by The Yeti
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Hello Everyone, My name is Hassan aka Hazer, and I have been a part of G8Board since I bought my G8 in 2009. The car has come a LONG way since I bought it, and could be one of the most modified G8s ever.
I have always been a car guy, ever since I was a kid. I remember I used to be hooked on the Need for Speed games and would watch all the information videos about the cars themselves. Growing up I had always been different from all the other kids that would only talk about imports, and I would be the only one that would talk about GM Cars (which still hasn’t changed). I guess my love for GM began since my dad had always loved GM as well.
Enough about me time to talk about the car! You all may know my G8 as Oreo, since it is white and black I thought the name worked. I got it as an early Graduation present from my parents in 2009 when I was 17. I was looking at buying my dream car at that time which was a 1995 Nissan 240SX (which would have been swapped), but my dad didn’t want me to get something unreliable to drive to College every day. I gave him my savings and we were looking at 07 or 08 Subaru WRXs, but we didn’t get the deal we wanted. My dad had a bunch of points saved up on his GM Rewards Card so we went to Howard Pontiac/GMC and they had 2 G8s left which were both V6s; a PBM which had the ugly base model stereo or a WH which had the sun and sound package, so we ended up buying it for $24k + Taxes on August 6th 2009.
After going through many stages of the car:



My V6 put down 242whp and 260wtq, which was achieved with Pace Setter Longtube headers for a V6 Camaro, which I was the first to have, a Roto-Fab CAI, a custom 2.5” Exhaust, and a MACE Tune. The car wasn’t necessarily slow, I did beat 2010/2011 Camaro V6s, automatic G35 and 350z’s which is pretty good. I had put GXP Brembos on the front and BC Coilovers which still are some of my favorite mods on the car. I took the car up to Gingerman Raceway in South Haven, MI last year and had no issues keeping up with Mustang GT 4.6s and a Genesis Coupe 3.8.



I was getting bored of the power and really wanted to get something faster. I decided to try and sell the car, but at the same time I loved my car too much. I really was looking at CTS-V V2 sedans, or a 2014 Camaro SS 1LE had me dreaming. I tried to get at least $20,000 for my car as is with all the upgrades but didn’t get a close enough offer. I didn’t want to part out the car either it was too much of a hassle. I talked to Randy at LeftHandUtes and he had told me how easy it was to swap a V6 over to a V8. That’s all it took to convince me to do the swap. Everyone was telling me to just buy a G8 GT instead, which is a smarter idea, but once again swapping everything over is too much of a PITA. Also, I don’t think I would buy another G8 after modding the hell out of one already. You can’t beat keeping your first car and the fact that you could never be the first owner of a G8 again made me want to keep it. In February we pulled out the motor, and sold the whole swap on craigslist for about $1500. I used that money towards buying my L76 with 52,000 miles on it. It included a Motor w/ accessories, 3.27, Driveshaft and 6L80. Before the motor went in we put a RCR Blower cam, and Adam Schwab Ported Heads, WHICH ARE AWESOME, and a few other things that helped. Next Gen Auto (Elmhurst, IL) did the entire swap in a day! Roto-Fab was great with sponsoring me a new Intake to replace my V6 one. After the money spending was over I spent about $8,000 Parts and Labor on the entire swap, which to me was worth every penny.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1JOpQD6Zzg (first start vid)

There are still many more mods coming so make sure you check out my build thread!
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