Bob Lutz, head of product for General Motors, said that developing a coupe version of the Pontiac Solstice would be “the logical thing to do.” Pontiac appears to be logical.
According to Automotive news, a coupe version of the Solstice will debut next year. It will feature a four cylinder engine, but with more power than the current base Solstice engine. It will not, however, be available with a V-6. A V-6 is considered to heavy to allow optimum handling in the relatively light vehicle.
A Solstice coupe has been rumored for over two years, ever since Lutz commented that he was “sure” GM would build a coupe version “in a couple of years.” At that time, Lutz predicted that the coupe would cost about $1000 less than the roadster, because it was less complex. Last year, Lutz said that adding new body styles is a good way to keep interest in a car line when the “new” has worn off. He predicted that a coupe version would look “exactly” like the concept Solstice Coupe first displayed in 2002, shown above.
The Solstice could use a boost, as sales have been slipping lately and GM has introduced its own competitor to the Solstice, the Saturn Sky.