There was a time, not that way back, when GM bought not one however 4 Mazda MX-5 Miata rivals, two of which had been obtainable in america.
We’re speaking concerning the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky, with the latter additionally spawning the just about similar Opel GT for Europe and the Daewoo G2X for South Korea. Certain, they had been basically the identical automobile with completely different badges and brand-specific styling, however GM’s present lineup it’s fairly clear these days are lengthy gone.
Arguably essentially the most thrilling and enticing mannequin of the bunch was the Pontiac Solstice, which featured distinct styling from its three siblings. It was additionally the primary to hit the market in mid-2005 as a 2006 mannequin.
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Again then, GM solely provided the Pontiac Solstice with a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter four-cylinder making 177 HP (180 PS), however for the 2007 mannequin 12 months a turbocharged 2.0-liter unit was added. Marketed because the Solstice GXP, it was the one to have. The engine made 260 HP (264 PS), enabling a 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) dash of below 5.5 seconds – a 1.5-second enchancment over the two.4-liter mannequin.
A guide transmission was normal, but it surely solely provided 5 gears at a time when six-speed gearboxes had been already frequent. The choice was a five-speed automated however no true fanatic would need that on a rear-wheel-drive roadster.
If you wish to study virtually all the things concerning the Pontiac Solstice GXP, Doug DeMuro’s video under is an effective begin, although we might have beloved it if he targeted extra on driving impressions than the roadster’s quirks and options. Nonetheless, the YouTuber makes the actually daring declare that the Solstice GXP is best than its far more well-known rival, the Mazda Miata NC. Watch the video to study why.