PONTIAC Solstice

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PONTIAC Solstice Coupe
PONTIAC Solstice Coupe  2008 2009
2008 2009

Pontiac introduced the Solstice Roadster as the American cousin for the European Opel GT and, five years later, it transformed it into a coupe.
With the world financial crisis already happening, GM tried its best to keep its engine running and offered the Solstice Coupe as a four-season sports car. In those times, the Solstice Roadster was the best-selling roadster on the U.S. market, and the carmaker tried to keep the brand alive. It was the last Pontiac, and its production lasted only a few months.

At the front, the car shared its front fascia with its roadster sibling and sported some parts from other GM vehicles, such as the fog lights carried over from Pontiac Grand Prix. Since the car was a targa, the carmaker just took the same chassis from the roadster and built a greenhouse with a removable roof, which couldn’t be stored in the car. At the back, a glass liftgate covered the trunk large enough for a medium-sized backpack.

GM tried to make the car as cheap as possible and carried over many parts from its parts bin. It took parts from Chevrolet Cobalt, Hummer H3, Pontiac Grand Prix, Cadillac XLR, and the seats from the previous generation of the Opel/Vauxhall Corsa. It looked like it was a car built by accountants for small-sized people who liked clothes with lots of pockets since there were almost no storage bins inside the cabin.

Under the hood, Pontiac installed a choice of two engines: a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated four-pot and a turbocharged 2.0-liter carried over from Opel. Both were paired to a Hummer H3, a five-speed gearbox that sent the power to the rear differential taken from a Cadillac CTS. A five-speed automatic (from Cadillac SRX) was on the options list.

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PONTIAC Solstice
PONTIAC Solstice   2005 2009
2005 2009

Pretty much a reworked 50’s Firebird, the Pontiac Solstice had a muscular bold design with a powerful engine under the hood.
Fitted with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder powerplant, the Solstice had 177 ponies under the hood. The Solstice was not an extremely fast car, but it was quick.

The powerplant was mated with a manual or an automatic transmission.

The Solstice was based on the GM’s Kappa platform, together with the Saturn Sky, Opel GT, Saturn Curve and Chervolet Nomad. Some parts were shared with other vehicles, such as the steering wheel borrowed from the Pontiac G5 and the backup lights from the Chevrolet Nomad.

As expected from a roadster, interior space and cargo area were not the Solstice’s strong points, neither it offered a trailer.

Some of the downsides were the soft top which was not very easy to lower, as well as the poor quality materials used throughout the cabin. However, the roadster’s price was pretty low for a car in the class, thus quality was a compromise.

Available in a single version, standard equipment included 18-inch alloys, a manually operator top, a 6-speaker audio system and a rear glass defogger.

Stand-alone options included air-conditioning, power windows, power doors, leather upholstery, an upgraded audio system, cruise control and the OnStart telematics.

The fun and stylish Solstice offered satisfying performance for the price and was a strong competitor to Mazda.

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