: Pontiac Solstice GXP coupe pics and info

03-20-08, 12:07 PM
Official GM pictures of the new Solstice Coupe in GXP trim.








NEW YORK – Drawing inspiration from classic sports cars, the 2009 Pontiac Solstice coupe was created for drivers who appreciate both dramatic styling and balanced performance. Unveiled at the New York Auto Show as a GXP model, the Solstice coupe builds on the success of the convertible model while offering a greater range of all-season driving opportunities. For drivers still wanting an open-air experience, the coupe also features a removable roof panel, fully opening the ****pit to all of the sensations of the road.

“Today’s Solstice is the top-selling roadster in the U.S., and we believe this new model has even broader appeal,” said Jim Bunnell, Buick-Pontiac-GMC general manager. “The coupe has all the design cues and pleasing performance of the original roadster, and is an all-season alternative for people who enjoy open-air driving.”

The coupe is expected to arrive in Pontiac dealerships in early 2009.

The making of a coupe

The new coupe was inspired by the Solstice coupe concept shown at the North American International Auto Show in 2002. True to the concept, it is a modern sports car with classic lines. The roofline has a “fastback” shape with stylized “rails” that run from the front of the roof to the rear, culminating in a stylish and functional ducktail-style rear spoiler.

The coupe’s roof is fixed aft of the B-pillars, with side windows and a rear liftglass for access to the cargo area. The roof panel is easily removed from the passenger compartment, and an optional soft roof cover stores in the cargo area. A home storage case for the roof panel will be offered through GM Accessories.

Engineering the design

Despite its dramatic new look, engineers made only minor structural changes to create the Solstice coupe. The rear fenders and rear fascia are the same as those on the convertible. New taillight assemblies flow more smoothly into the tapered roofline.
“The Solstice coupe represents a major collaboration of design and engineering,” said Bruce Kosbab, chief engineer. “The sleek lines of the new roof give the car a fresh appearance, yet only minimal changes were made to the body structure – it’s a great example of building on an already solid foundation.”

Lightweight structure

The roof’s structure was strengthened with additional support elements, including an aluminum roof bow attached with aluminum brackets. The bow and brackets are stiff, yet low in mass, a design feature that pervades the coupe’s overall construction. The roof includes a lightweight sheet molding compound cover affixed to a rigid aluminum frame for additional lightweight support. A lightweight magnesium roof panel frame weighs just 31 pounds (14.2 kg) and can be removed by one person. The cover is also made of sheet molding compound.

Powertrain and suspension

Because the change to a coupe body style resulted in only a slight increase in curb weight, no drivetrain or suspension changes were necessary to shift from the convertible body structure. Initial tests have shown that the Solstice coupe will deliver ride and handling, acceleration, braking and fuel economy comparable to the convertible model.

The coupe is powered by a standard 2.4L Ecotec four-cylinder engine that generates 173 horsepower (129 kW), while the GXP version is equipped with a 2.0L turbocharged Ecotec engine with 260 horsepower (194 kW).

Interior additions

Much of the coupe’s interior remains the same as that of the convertible. However, the area behind the seats was redesigned for easy access to the cargo area, and a storage tray was mounted directly behind the headrests.
Removing the folding-top mechanism made way for a new, flat cargo floor and several storage compartments. The cargo area’s covered bins provide secure storage for smaller items. Cargo tie-down hooks help secure irregularly shaped items.

High-resolution pictures here: My Photo Gallery - 2008 New York International Auto Show - Powered by PhotoPost (http://www.gminsidenews.com/forums/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=559)

03-20-08, 01:02 PM
I don't like it at all, it reminds of what BMW did when they made a coupe variant of the Z3.... it just looks awkward.

03-20-08, 01:49 PM
Eh, not bad!

03-20-08, 01:51 PM
I don't like it at all, it reminds of what BMW did when they made a coupe variant of the Z3.... it just looks awkward.

Not...really. The BMW was the effect of grafting a square hatchback onto a small roadster. Similar idea, I guess, but more so quite different.

And it's actually not a true coupe, but a "targa" exactly like a mini Corvette...with a removable roof panel and rear hatch. I like the shape and it's been known about for a while and should do well since not everyone wants a full cloth top, etc. The only issue with the targa design here is they couldn't find a way to incorporate storage of the roof panel anywhere (it's just too small). It's a leave it on or in the garage situation, with no in between.

03-20-08, 01:55 PM
Still a chick car, just like the Z3, Boxter, SLK, Miata, Sky, Beetle, blah blah blah.

My stepmom has a Solstice GXP and its OK but the kinda man that would own one is the same kinda man that would share an umbrella with another man or ride 2 on a motorcycle with another man. Some things just arent done.

03-20-08, 02:28 PM
It's kinda cute, and it does feel like a chick car. Looking at it though, seems like a blend between Boxster, Miata, Z4, M Coupe, maybe some Scion tC. I would still want more engine too. A blown 6 or maybe a compact 8 could be fun. :)

03-20-08, 03:11 PM
Call it what you want but any car that handles that good, has a manual trans, and manages a 14.0 1/4 mile time, AIN'T no chick-car in my book. I'm no fan of the styling (like the Sky much better) but, it's actually fairly quick, fun car to drive.

03-20-08, 03:14 PM
Those with claustrophobia(sp?) should look else where! Sounds like MauiV may have some self doubts working there ....... or perhaps it's a regional thing.

Night Wolf
03-20-08, 04:09 PM

Man that car is awesome, personally I like the convertible, because I like convertibles, and it adds to the roadster feel....

It's been on my mind quiet a bit... in several years from now if I am ready to get a newer car and can afford to pay for it stright up.... a used '08+ Sky Redline manual trans would be for me..... but the prices have to come wayyyy down.

Cadillac Tony
03-20-08, 04:23 PM
I wish they would improve the plasticky interior of the Solstice- the Sky has much better trim. Other than that, this coupe looks pretty sweet.

(Oh- lol at the language filters blocking out the first part of the word Cockpit :lol:)

03-20-08, 04:37 PM
I'd definitely take that over the convert version though.

Now a SKY coupe! Tell me more!

03-20-08, 05:21 PM
Wow, it looks awesome. Way better than the normal solstices.