Pontiac Solstice

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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[1] 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 [2]. The new hardtop targa 2009 model was announced in mid 2008[3]. The Solstice uses the GM Kappa platform, which also underpins the Saturn Sky and Opel GT.

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 has been 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 base price was adjusted upwards to $20,490 in mid-December. The Solstice currently has an MSRP of $22,115.

The GXP version of the Solstice debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show in January 2006. It is powered by a new 2.0 L I4 Ecotec engine equipped with a dual-scroll turbocharger. The engine’s output is 260 hp (193 kW) and 260 ftยทlbf (353 Nยทm). This is the highest specific output of any engine in the history of General Motors at 2.1 hp (1.6 kW) per cubic inch, and it is the first gasoline direct injection engine from an American automaker. According to pontiac.com, the GXP goes 0 to 60 mph in under 5.5 seconds.

Other GXP features include standard Stabilitrak traction control, a limited-slip differential, and anti-lock brakes. Summer tires on 18 inch wheels are standard.

A targa coupe version of the Solstice was unveiled at the 2008 New York Auto Show. When it goes on sale for 2009, it will include a revised four-cylinder engine with an increase in power, as well as a removable roof section, which is too large to store onboard and cannot fit in the trunk. To remedy this Pontiac has announced an optional cloth top that can fit in the trunk.[1]