Weekly Treasure: 2009 Pontiac Solstice GXP Coupe
– by Eastautonews.com
However Lutz needed one thing else that not solely price much less however may compete straight in opposition to probably the greatest sports activities vehicles of all time, the Mazda MX-5 Miata. The Pontiac Solstice (and its Saturn Sky and Opel GT company siblings) have been revealed in 2004 and hit the market the next yr.
The Solstice was Pontiac’s first two-seater because the Fiero, which was discontinued in 1988. A lot to Pontiac and GM’s delight, the Solstice was an instantaneous hit with each the media and the general public. Amongst different awards, it was nominated for the North American Automobile of the 12 months award. In its first 10 days of availability, round 7,000 orders have been positioned. GM initially solely deliberate to construct that precise quantity of models for first-year manufacturing, however excessive demand made the corporate enhance manufacturing to 10,000.
On paper, the Solstice has all the things going for it: a front-engined, rear-wheel-drive structure, a regular five-speed guide transmission (a five-speed automated was elective), and a decently highly effective engine, a 2.4-liter inline-four with 177 horsepower and 166 lb-ft of torque. The roadster weighed slightly below 2,900 kilos, although its NC technology Miata competitor tipped the scales at about 2,500 kilos.