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Cadillac STS-V and Pontiac G6 GXP absent from 2010 GM lineup

 

At more than $80,000, Cadillac’s STS-V found few takers despite its 470hp (350kW) output

At more than $80,000, Cadillac’s STS-V found few takers despite its 470hp (350kW) output

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General Motors is trimming its model lineup to get rid of its underperforming sport models across all its brands. Just yesterday, it was revealed that Chevrolet will no longer offer the Impala SS variant for 2010, nor will it offer the 2010 Cobalt SS sedan.

Following in the footsteps of these two will be two more GM models facing the axe, for 2010 at least. These include the Cadillac STS-V, the high-performance variant of the STS, and the Pontiac G6 GXP. The Cobalt SS Coupe and HHR SS Panel are also expected to disappear, though these two will stick around until the end of calendar 2009 or early 2010 at least.

The 470hp (350kW) STS-V has been a sales disappointment for Cadillac, and considering that it retails for a hefty $80,000 it’s not difficult to see why. The cancellation of this product means that Cadillac's flagship performance car will be the CTS-V, which has silenced a number of critics with its reasonable price and scintillating performance.

The G6 GXP was available in both sedan and coupe bodystyles

The G6 GXP was available in both sedan and coupe bodystyles

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Also facing the chopping block for 2010 will be Pontiac's G6 GXP. The G6 GXP was the most powerful model in the G6 lineup, featuring close to 250hp (186kW). We doubt too many people would be shedding a tear over it, however, especially considering Pontiac will be phased out by the end of 2010.

But GM is not totally writing off performance. There remains the SS trim for the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro, Cadillac still has the CTS-V, and there's always the Z06 and ZR1 versions of the Corvette supercar.

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  1. Taking into account that the STS is going towards the end of it's lifecycle, and the CTS-V, which will be available eventually in both Coupe & Sedan form, leaves the STS-V in the dust as it is; 556hp vs. 469hp - go figure!

    I also believe that the next-generation, according to reports, will grow larger and ultimately become the next STS, and be the flagship, and the upcoming (according to recent reeports) Epsilon-2 Cadillac sedan will be the DTS successor. RWD will justify for the (next) CTS to gain the flagship title.

    The Pontiac G6 GXP being nixed for 2010 is a no-brainer; the G6 is a lame duck as it is, and Pontiac heads off to the sunset at the end of MY2010 as it is. The G6 GXP was essentially body-kit and possible chassis-tuning, but with a pedestrain, ordinary, and dated V6 under it's hood.
     
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  2. Taking into account that the STS is going towards the end of it's lifecycle, and the CTS-V, which will be available eventually in both Coupe & Sedan form, leaves the STS-V in the dust as it is; 556hp vs. 469hp - go figure!

    I also believe that the next-generation, according to reports, will grow larger and ultimately become the next STS, and be the flagship, and the upcoming (according to recent reeports) Epsilon-2 Cadillac sedan will be the DTS successor. RWD will justify for the (next) CTS to gain the flagship title.

    The Pontiac G6 GXP being nixed for 2010 is a no-brainer; the G6 is a lame duck as it is, and Pontiac heads off to the sunset at the end of MY2010 as it is. The G6 GXP was essentially body-kit and possible chassis-tuning, but with a pedestrain, ordinary, and dated V6 under it's hood.

    the STS won't be growing any larger considering its a BMW 7-Series competitor. right now, the STS is right there with size on the 7'er, they're maybe centimeters off from each others' sizes.

    the DTS won't be getting smaller in size either, considering its the flagship model. putting it on the Epsilon II platform means that they would have to make it as small as the Opel Insignia. i think you're thinking of the BLS, not the DTS. there will be a BLS successor that will be based on the Epsilon II platform.

    the G6 GXP wasn't just a bodykit and chassis tuning. it had considerably more power than it did in base GT trim. it also handled acceptionally well compared to its competitors.

    but seriously, how wasn't that obvious? Pontiac is coming to an end at the end of 2010. so why would the Pontiac G6 GXP, let alone any other model, be around for MY2010?
     
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  3. i don't know who is more foolish:

    GM for selling a hopped up STS for 80k

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    the (few) customers who purchased a hopped up STS for 80k.

    driving one we got on trade was a thoroughly unimpressive bore.
     
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  4. i don't know who is more foolish:

    GM for selling a hopped up STS for 80k

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    the (few) customers who purchased a hopped up STS for 80k.

    driving one we got on trade was a thoroughly unimpressive bore.

    you must of driven a base STS then, and not the V. i drove a STS-V once, and it was an incredible experience in an almost 5,000lb big saloon. i never felt that in the E65 760i, it had 30 more hp than the 760i.
     
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  5. wow, nevermind, not almost 5,000lbs. it was only 4200lbs lol.
     
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  6. Not surprised. Let's get rid of anything that has any excitement other than a token Cadillac flagship, the Corvettes, and a Camaro (for a year or two). Let's not do anything about the styling of the Cobalt SS, let's just give up on the damn thing. Ditto the G6 GXP. Hell, let's just dump any and all excitement brands alltogether. Wait, this is what is actually happening.

    Camaro, Corvette, CTS-V. Other than that GM has crap after 2009.
     
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  7. Who ever thought the STS V is not a great car doesn't have a clue about performance & handling in a large car. I bought one in 2006 & wouldn't trade for a CTS v no how. That car does not drive & or ride as well as the STS V. I also own a 2007 corvette Zo6 its awesome but don't use that car for work only play.
     
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