When Pontiac unveiled the Solstice Coupe at the New York Auto Show they announced it will be powered by a standard 2.4L Ecotec four-cylinder engine that generates 173 hp, and the GXP version with a 2.0L turbocharged Ecotec engine with 260 hp. Back then we all expected more powerful versions to be announced at a later date. But Jose Gonzalez, the creative lead designer of the vehicle, denied any rumors about a more powerful Solstice Coupe.
"GM plans to offer more engine choices than what is currently available with the coupe. Is there a chance of a V6 in the lineup in the near future?" The base 2009 Pontiac Solstice coupe models get the same 173-horsepower 2.4-liter inline-4 as the roadsters, while the GXP coupes get a 260-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. Gonzalez confirmed there is "no V6 in the lineup. No other engines in the lineup."
And also no hopes for an AWD version: "I don’t think you’re going to see the Solstice in an AWD application" because of concerns that it would be "adding a lot of weight."
The Pontiac Solstice Coupe will go on sale early next year.
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