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San Francisco: Pontiacís G6 convertible looks beautiful and performs well, a far cry from the brandís days as a home for gussied-up Chevyís. It adds some much-needed excitement in the Pontiac lineup. Inside, the G6 has a mid-size cabin thatís comfortable and higher quality than GM has produced in recent years.

You can tell a lot about a car by the soundtrack it prompts. For me, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash seem fitting when I drive a pickup truck. When Iím in a luxury car, itís classical standards like Beethoven and Mozart. And I always find myself listening to strange, underground techno music when I drive a Mercedes. But a Pontiac? That presents a challenge.

Until recently, Iíd probably pick National Public Radio because hearing about the war, economics, genocide and snobby art reviews, anything, really, would be a nice distraction from the car Iím driving. Pontiacs a few years ago were basically Chevrolets with a kidney-bean grille, good for some basic, stylish transportation, but hardly anything to get excited about.

When I started driving the Pontiac G6, though, I couldnít bear tuning the radio to NPR. The car was just too cool, in a mainstream sort of way.

So I changed to the top-20 station. It was a perfect fit.

The G6 isnít the kind of cutting-edge car that inspires euro-trash, techno-music, like the Mercedes. It has a fairly soft suspension thatís comfortable for long trips, making it more of a grand tourer than a sports car. There are several things that make it worthy of a thumping Rhianna song, though.

The engine is a good place to start. While I canít speak for the four-cylinder engine that comes in the base model, the 3.6-liter V6 in my test car is a sweet singer. It has enough power to chirp the wheels, sometimes unexpectedly, but even more impressive is the way it sounds.

It has a hint of the pleasant exhaust from a classic English sports car, like the engine is swimming in a tub full of Mr. Bubbles. It sounds spectacular without being too loud or annoying. Also impressive is the rock-solid chassis. It feels like the whole car is carved from a giant block of steel.

And the range of vehicles with the G6 name is stunning. You can get it as a four-door sedan, two-door coupe, or a hardtop convertible, which is what I tested. Prices range from around $17,000 to over $30,000 for a fully loaded convertible.

The convertible is expensive but very, very nice. You simply press a button to have the roof fold away into the trunk, which isnít too unusual except for the fact that the roof is made of metal. While a cloth-top convertible might sound like youíre driving in a tent when the top is raised, this one is nearly as quiet as a true coupe. Itís a good way to have the style and fun of a convertible without the drawbacks.

Speaking of drawbacks, there are a couple of them in the convertible.

For one, the electric top takes a long time to put up and down, or at least it feels that way because the switch to open and close it is located up by the rear-view mirror, which isnít the most comfortable place to shove your finger for 30 seconds.

Itís also pricey. My test car rang up at nearly $32,500, which is a lot to pay for a two-door Pontiac, even if its coolness is worthy of Hurricane Chris.

What was tested? The 2007 Pontiac G6 GT Convertible with a base price of $28,680. Options on the test car: Premium package ($1,450), sport package ($1,290), side air bags ($295), adjustable pedals ($125). Price as tested including a $650 destination charge: $32,490.

Why avoid it? This convertible is awfully expensive for a Pontiac.

Why buy it? It looks gorgeous, performs admirably, and is available in a wide range of prices and layouts. The hardtop convertible is especially nice because it offers top-down fun without the top-up noise.  By Derek Price  © AutoWire.Net - San Francisco

 

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Topic: The G6 convertible offers mainstream excitement
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