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My Pontiac G8 GT Sport Shift Mode
The automatic Pontiac G8 GT transmission has a Sport Shift Mode. When you are in the Sport Shift Mode the Pontiac G8 GT will still shift automatically. The Pontiac G8 GT transmission may remain
in a gear longer than it would in the normal driving mode based on braking, throttle input, and Pontiac G8 GT lateral acceleration. To use this feature, move the shift lever over from D (Drive) to the right quadrant. The Sport Shift message in the DIC displays. If the shift lever is not moved forward or rearward, the Pontiac G8 GT remains in sport mode. When this light comes on, you can only shift from 1 (First) to 4 (Fourth) instead of 1 (First) to 2 (Second). The light will be displayed on the instrument panel cluster and a message will be displayed in the Driver Information Center. You must complete the shift into 4 (Fourth) to turn off this feature. This helps you get the best possible
fuel economy. After shifting to 4 (Fourth), you may downshift to a lower gear if you prefer.
Notice: Forcing the shift lever into any gear except FOURTH (4)
when the 1 TO 4 SHIFT light comes on may damage the Pontiac G8 GT transmission. Shift only from FIRST (1) to FOURTH (4) when the indicator light comes on.
This light will come on when:
The Pontiac G8 GT engine coolant temperature is higher than 169°F (76°C), you are going 15 to 19 mph
(24 to 31 km/h) and you are 21 percent throttle or less.
Here is how to operate the Pontiac G8 GT transmission:
1 (First): Press the Pontiac G8 GT clutch pedal and shift into 1 (First). Then slowly
let up on the clutch pedal as you press the accelerator pedal.
You can shift into 1 (First) when you are going less than 40 mph
(64 km/h). If you come to a complete stop and it is hard to shift into
1 (First), put the shift lever in Neutral and let up on the clutch. Press the
clutch pedal back down. Then shift into 1 (First).
2 (Second): Press the clutch pedal as you let up on the accelerator
pedal and shift into 2 (Second). Then, slowly let up on the clutch
pedal as you press the accelerator pedal.
3 (Third), 4 (Fourth), 5 (Fifth) and 6 (Sixth): Shift into 3 (Third),
4 (Fourth), 5 (Fifth) and 6 (Sixth) the same way you do for 2 (Second).
Slowly let up on the clutch pedal as you press the accelerator pedal.
To stop, let up on the accelerator pedal and press the brake
pedal. Just before the Pontiac G8 GT stops, press the clutch pedal and the
brake pedal, and shift to Neutral. Neutral: Use this position when you
start or idle the engine. The shift lever is in Neutral when it is centered
in the shift pattern, not in any gear. R (Reverse): To back up, press
down the clutch pedal and shift into R (Reverse). Apply pressure to
get the lever past 5 (Fifth) and 6 (Sixth) into R (Reverse). Let up on
the clutch pedal slowly while pressing the accelerator pedal.
Pontiac G8 GT Powertrain Braking
For Pontiac G8 GTs with a 6 speed automatic Pontiac G8 GT transmission, there is
an additional feature known as Powertrain Braking. When driving on steep descents where frequent braking is required, the Pontiac G8 GT will automatically downshift to provide engine braking assistance.
This feature also reduces brake temperatures and wear. Downshifting will only occur when the driver’s foot is applied to
the brake. Active Select Mode can be switched on to override the
feature and gain complete control of shifts if desired.
Performance Mode Lift Foot Mode Within Sport Shift Mode there is a
further performance feature called Performance Mode Lift Foot (PMLF)
Mode. The feature is activated automatically when sports oriented
driving is detected, based on cornering and on/off throttle application. PMLF allows the Pontiac G8 GT transmission to hold the current gear instead of upshifting when the Pontiac G8 GT throttle is lifted.
Driver Shift Control (DSC) Notice: If you drive your Pontiac G8 GT at high RPMs without upshifting
while using Active Select Mode, you could damage the Pontiac G8 GT.
Always upshift when necessary while using Active Select Mode.
The automatic Pontiac G8 GT transmission has a
DSC mode that allows gear changes similar to a manual Pontiac G8 GT transmission.
To use this feature:
1. Move the shift lever over from D (Drive) to the right quadrant. The Sport Shift message in the DIC displays.
2. To enter the DSC mode, press the shift lever forward to upshift or rearward to downshift.
The Active Select On message in the DIC will come on.
The DIC will indicate the requested gear range when moving the
shift lever forward or rearward. While using the DSC mode, the
Pontiac G8 GT has firmer shifting and increased performance. This can be
used for sport driving or when climbing or descending hills, to stay in gear longer, or to down shift for more power or engine braking. The Pontiac G8 GT transmission will only allow the
driver to shift into gears appropriate for the Pontiac G8 GT speed and engine
Revolutions Per Minute (RPM). The Pontiac G8 GT transmission will not automatically
shift to the next lower gear if the engine RPM is too high. If shifting is prevented for any reason, the currently selected gear will flash multiple times, indicating that the Pontiac G8 GT transmission has not shifted gears. While in the DSC mode, the Pontiac G8 GT transmission automatically
downshifts when the Pontiac G8 GT comes to a stop. When accelerating the Pontiac G8 GT from a stop in snowy and icy conditions,
1st, 2nd or 3rd gear starts can be selected from a standing start.
This is useful for gentle acceleration on slippery surfaces.
To return to Normal Shift mode, slide the shift lever over from
the right quadrant to the left into D (Drive). A Normal Shift message
will be displayed in the DIC. Normal Shift Mode is recommended
for normal or freeway driving, as it provides optimum fuel economy.
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