Pontiac Solstice

  
CARBARN | Pontiac Solstice | car unique, powerful, agile, environmentally friendly, fuel efficient and also it is a dream of everyone to ride her, and this is one of them, the car is comfortable to use and also very sport,  The following report The Pontiac Solstice is a small sports car from the Pontiac division of General Motors. Introduced at the 2004 North American International Auto Show, the Solstice roadster began production in Wilmington, Delaware,starting in mid-2005 for the 2006 model year. The exterior styling of the production Solstice is similar to that of the 2002 Solstice concept that preceded it. Production of the Solstice was to be running before summer 2005, but delays at the Wilmington plant pushed volume production to the fourth quarter.The new hardtop targa 2009 model was announced in mid 2008.The Solstice uses the GM Kappa platform, which also underpins the Saturn Sky, Opel GT, and Daewoo G2X.



The Solstice was nominated for the North American Car of the Year award and Design of the Year award from the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) for 2006. It was a runaway hit for Pontiac, with 7,000 orders in the first 10 days of availability and 6,000 more orders before winter. Although first-year production was planned at 7,000, GM apologized to customers for delays and increased production, delivering 10,000 by March 1.the look at the PONTIAC SOLSTICE  will tell most potential buyers what they really need to know. The Solstice is a good-looking, two-seat, drop-top sports car that starts around $21,000. Pontiac’s little roadster is all about fun, sun and the joy of affordably motoring down the road. We’re happy to report that the fun part of the formula has been cranked up several notches in the 2007 Solstice models.

For 2007, Pontiac introduces the Solstice GXP, an answer to a previous gripe: not enough power. Engine output increases substantially to a class-competitive 260 horsepower, thanks to a high-tech turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The GXP package lifts Solstice out of the good-clean-fun category, launching it toward genuinely thrilling. While the base price looks attractive, the base model is basic. The windows are hand cranked, there’s no air conditioning, no ABS and the bare minimum of occupant safety features. Add the options most buyers want and the price will get closer to $25,000, and that’s what you’ll likely find at the Pontiac dealership. It comes with a five-speed manual transmission and a 177-hp four-cylinder engine. The GXP is notably better than the base model, even for drivers inclined to think that they don’t need the extra power. This model actually delivers slightly better mileage according to the EPA, and the $5,000 price premium includes features most buyers want anyway, like power windows, cruise control, ABS and electronic stability control. The net cost of the high-output engine and other performance-enhancing equipment is about $2,500, and we think it’s worth every dime. The GXP engine uses the latest materials and control technology, and it is GM’s first in North America with fuel-saving gasoline direct injection.

 Even in base trim, we found the Solstice fun, easy to drive, and an absolute head-turner, particularly in the new screaming yellow paint Pontiac calls Mean. The cockpit is comfortable, and the optional Stabilitrak traction electronics will make even sports-car novices feel comfortable behind the wheel. In addition, GM’s new 100,000-mile powertrain warranty should add an element of owner security. We’d say the Solstice could make a fine daily driver in many locales, except that is has no place to put things (except a passenger). The lack of storage space and idiosyncrasies with the convertible top could get old quickly as a sole source of transportation. The lack of luggage space makes the Solstice a poor choice for long trips or airport runs. Yet cars like this aren’t purely about transportation. In many ways, the Solstice is a match for the Mazda MX-5 and Honda S2000, at a competitive price. Like these pure sports cars, the Solstice uses rear-wheel drive. Measured by key objective performance benchmarks, the GXP can be compared with much more expensive, long-time roadster class stalwarts such as the Porsche Boxster and Audi TT. In practice, however, the Solstice doesn’t offer the handling precision of these other sports cars nor does it match their refinement, interior quality and general tightness.

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