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 (...) More
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 (...) More
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.