From its 2002 auto show introduction to an early-order program that sold 1,000 cars in 41 minutes, the Pontiac Solstice has always invoked a passionate response from customers. Now, Pontiac is taking the vehicle’s combination of sensuous styling and driving exhilaration to a new level with the announcement of the turbocharged 2007 Solstice GXP.
The idea for throwing a V-8 in a Pontiac Solstice had been swirling around the HOT ROD offices since the car was unveiled, but the real movement came at a meeting in mid-2005 between the GM Performance Division (GMPD) and HOT ROD editorial staff. There it was agreed that HOT ROD would build a bad-ass LS7-powered two-seater Solstice, and GMPD would provide technical guidance to make sure the job was done right. Magazine guys can be ham-fisted at times, so we knew we’d need GMPD’s help to make (...)
The upcoming and highly anticipated Pontiac Solstice GXP will feature General Motors’ first North American application of a gasoline direct-injection or GDI system, a report says. The setup will improve fuel economy, boost torque and lower cold-start emissions. The GDI system on the Solstice GXP comes on a turbocharged Ecotec 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine, according to AutoTech Daily. It will produce 260 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, with the highest specific output for any (...)