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Despite the out-of-production status, Pontiac Solstice remains in the ranks of iconic vehicles. Huge demand brought the model the North American Car of the Year award. Economic woes made General Motors phase out Pontiac Division, although glory of the bygones is still living in people’s hearts. Thus, it’s vital to review Pontiac Solstice in details.
Exterior & Body Styles
For the 2009, the last year of production, Pontiac introduced Solstice in two body versions: a remarkable roadster (convertible) and a coupe. The vehicle featured 157.2x71.3x50.1 inches dimensions and 95.1 inches wheelbase. The roadster boasted a long hood, a high beltline, a short rear-end, prominent headlights, wrap-around taillights, a soft-top roofline, and dual-port grille. The chassis was surmounted on 18-inch wheels.
The coupe versions had nearly the same styling but for the hardtop removable panel. The rear part of the top was concaved to the inside to allow for enough headroom. The boot lid also features a pitched spoiler.
Performance & Efficiency
Pontiac Solstice comes standard with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that generates 177 hp & 166 p-f of torque. The GXP modification brags about the integration of a turbocharged 2.0-liter motor that produces 260 hp & 260 p-f of torque. Both powertrain versions cooperate with a rear-wheel drive and a 5-speed manual transmission (automatic gearbox is optional). The base engine copes with 0-60 mph for 7.7 seconds, whereas its more powerful counterpart – for 5.8 seconds.
The model with a base equipment yields 19/28/22 mpg (city/highway/combined), while the turbocharged GXP eats 19/25/21 mpg at average.
An outstanding roadster transfers its exterior refinement to the cabin design. Trimming can’t be called luxurious; however, all details are accurate and well-dressed. The panels are coated mostly in hard plastic, windows are electronically-controlled. The seats offer sufficient leg & head room, although hip room is doubtful. The thing is that the seats lack support and good cushioning (+ transmission tunnel is wide), making long drives a bit bothersome. The cabin lacks spacious storage options and the steering wheel offers no telescoping facilities.
Base & Optional Equipment
The other section of Pontiac Solstice review concerns integrated equipment and facilities. The base modification comes equipped with a rear-slip differential (limited), alloy wheels, a rear defroster, a tilting steering wheel, a trip computer, OnStar system, satellite radio, MP3 player, and an additional audio jack.
The Solstice GXP adds performance wheels, double exhaust pipes, fog lights, a tuned suspension, cruise control, keyless entry, Bluetooth connectivity, and leather-wrapped accents. Optionally, it’s feasible to mount an advanced air-conditioning system, leather seats, sport-style pedals within Club Sport Package; the latter also includes firmer suspension. The Solstice Street Edition is shipped with a sport suspension, air-conditioning as well as a 7-speaker audio system.
At extra charge, the customer is able to subjoin Monsoon audio system, power windows/mirrors/locks, tire pressure monitors, revised fascia (front & rear) with embroidered upholstery.
Moreover, all Solstice models – despite the modification – come with standard 4-wheel antilock disc brakes, dusk-sensing headlights, seatbelt pretensioners, EBD, post-collision safety system, front airbags as well as traction & stability control.
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