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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-17-2010, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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Hello, my name is Jim and I recently purchased (October) a G8. It is Panther Black with the GTX special edition package. I have car number 72. I was told only 130 were going to be built. I was looking for the GXP edition but that was very hard to come by. I guess this is a late mid life crisis car. I got it from my local dealership in Jacksonville FL. which is where I am from by the way. My 40 year old son thought I should get on the internet and sign up on one of these sites.

I am not good with pictures, I like film over the digital cameras. I can try to place a picture on here if I ever get around to scan one in. Anyway, I will try and get on this page from time to time to look at things going on. Thanks everyone for reading this.
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Congrats and welcome to the site. I have have my 09 G8 GT for one year and one day. 13,500 miles of driving enjoyment.
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Hello, my name is Jim and I recently purchased (October) a G8. It is Panther Black with the GTX special edition package. I have car number 72. I was told only 130 were going to be built. I was looking for the GXP edition but that was very hard to come by. I guess this is a late mid life crisis car. I got it from my local dealership in Jacksonville FL. which is where I am from by the way. My 40 year old son thought I should get on the internet and sign up on one of these sites.

I am not good with pictures, I like film over the digital cameras. I can try to place a picture on here if I ever get around to scan one in. Anyway, I will try and get on this page from time to time to look at things going on. Thanks everyone for reading this.
Congrats on the G8, but I am a little confused. There never was a factory GTX special addition package offered on the G8 (that was the designation for the special SLP prepared Pontiac Grand Prix years back though). Can you tell us about the car, or who the company was that offered this package? There was a G8 Firehawk offered by SLP that was supercharged and put out 505 HP. These are the only modded G8s that I am aware of that were factory approved. Additional details would be very helpful, since this is the first I have heard about this variant, and I have been a "G8 info junky" since 2007 when I saw the first G8 show car in Chicago.
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Maybe you can search better then me. I believe the company it came from Was Choo Choo Customs of TN. I was told it came from the same builder as the Hurst special editions that were made too for the Hurst corporation.

The only thing I could find online here is informaion about a Blue #007. So I know they made them early on and I know they made at least #72 but not sure if they made all 130 of them hahaha.

When I bought the car, the dealer had a Red GXP, a White Hurst edition, and this Black GTX on the showroom floor. I remember thinking it was odd that the GTX and Hurst cars had the same shipping origin and for some reason I believe it was out of TN.

X was to stand for some form of Autocross package. The car is marked with 385HP placard which replaced the 355 that I think was the standard on my 2009. Let me know if that is wrong. The car sits lower with the suspension improvements. It came with 19" wheels but they had swapped them out for the 18" wheels. I have no sunroof as it was explained to me that it helped make the car more ridgid for this special package. From what I can tell from this other guy, they all came sunroof delete and had the 18" swap with a wheel credit.
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Thank you for the follow-up. I will have to do some internet research on this myself. I had heard that there was supposed to be a Hurst Edition G8 from a number of reputable national sources, but then information dried up when it was announced that Pontiac was going away. Originally the Hurst Edition G8s were supposed to be 2010 models, and there is no 2010 Pontiac G8.

I have known of Choo Choo Customs for years, and know of some of their other projects (El Camino SS for Chevy, etc). When I try to do an internet search on them, I can't seem to find a website to consult though.

It is curious that you mention that the GTX and the Hurst G8 both came from Choo Choo Customs. I suspect that Choo Choo was going to do these cars for Hurst, and it sounds like they actually built some too. Then when Pontiac got killed off (which effectively killed off the 2010 Hurst Edition G8), they likely used the GTX package as a way to use up their stockpile of parts.

I would really love to see pictures of your car, especially close-ups of emblems, etc that make it different from the regular G8. Your's is the first G8 GTX that I have heard of, and I bet others in the G8 community would also be interested in it.

I bet you have an even more unique vehicle than you were told originally, although how that impacts it's value is hard to say. I bet they originally planned to build 130 of them, but I doubt that they built all of them, or there would have been word of them trickling out by now. Too bad you didn't get pictures of the White Hurst Edition G8 too, because only artist renderings of them have been published so far.

I am betting that your GTX package has a special cold-air intake and tune that bump it up from it's stock 360 HP rating, and I fully believe the custom suspension.

It would be awesome if you were able to bring your car to the National G8 Meet this year. It would really turn alot of heads and bring up ALOT of questions. Congrats on the rare find!
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