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2009 Pontiac Solstice Coupe

Pontiac will unveil at the New York Auto Show the 2009 Solstice Coupe. It will arrive in dealerships in early 2009. The new model is inspired by the Solstice coupe concept shown at the North American International Auto Show in 2002.

Pontiac Solstice Coupe

Despite its dramatic new look, engineers made only minor structural changes to create the Solstice coupe. The rear fenders and rear fascia are the same as those on the convertible. New taillight assemblies flow more smoothly into the tapered roofline.

Pontiac Solstice Coupe

The coupe is powered by a standard 2.4L Ecotec four-cylinder engine that generates 173 hp, while the GXP version is equipped with a 2.0L turbocharged Ecotec engine with 260 hp.

Press release after the jump.

Press release

Drawing inspiration from classic sports cars, the 2009 Pontiac Solstice coupe was created for drivers who appreciate both dramatic styling and balanced performance. Unveiled at the New York Auto Show as a GXP model, the Solstice coupe builds on the success of the convertible model while offering a greater range of all-season driving opportunities.

For drivers still wanting an open-air experience, the coupe also features a removable roof panel, fully opening the cockpit to all of the sensations of the road.

“Today’s Solstice is the top-selling roadster in the U.S., and we believe this new model has even broader appeal,” said Jim Bunnell, Buick-Pontiac Pontiac -GMC GMC general manager. “The coupe has all the design cues and pleasing performance of the original roadster, and is an all-season alternative for people who enjoy open-air driving.”

The coupe is expected to arrive in Pontiac dealerships in early 2009.

The making of a coupe

The new coupe was inspired by the Solstice coupe concept shown at the North American International Auto Show in 2002. True to the concept, it is a modern sports car with classic lines. The roofline has a “fastback” shape with stylized “rails” that run from the front of the roof to the rear, culminating in a stylish and functional ducktail-style rear spoiler.

The coupe’s roof is fixed aft of the B-pillars, with side windows and a rear liftglass for access to the cargo area. The roof panel is easily removed from the passenger compartment, and an optional soft roof cover stores in the cargo area. A home storage case for the roof panel will be offered through GM Accessories.

Engineering the design

Despite its dramatic new look, engineers made only minor structural changes to create the Solstice coupe. The rear fenders and rear fascia are the same as those on the convertible. New taillight assemblies flow more smoothly into the tapered roofline.

“The Solstice coupe represents a major collaboration of design and engineering,” said Bruce Kosbab, chief engineer. “The sleek lines of the new roof give the car a fresh appearance, yet only minimal changes were made to the body structure – it’s a great example of building on an already solid foundation.”

Lightweight structure

The roof’s structure was strengthened with additional support elements, including an aluminum roof bow attached with aluminum brackets. The bow and brackets are stiff, yet low in mass, a design feature that pervades the coupe’s overall construction. The roof includes a lightweight sheet molding compound cover affixed to a rigid aluminum frame for additional lightweight support. A lightweight magnesium roof panel frame weighs just 31 pounds (14.2 kg) and can be removed by one person. The cover is also made of sheet molding compound.

Powertrain and suspension

Because the change to a coupe body style resulted in only a slight increase in curb weight, no drivetrain or suspension changes were necessary to shift from the convertible body structure. Initial tests have shown that the Solstice coupe will deliver ride and handling, acceleration, braking and fuel economy comparable to the convertible model.

The coupe is powered by a standard 2.4L Ecotec four-cylinder engine that generates 173 horsepower (129 kW), while the GXP version is equipped with a 2.0L turbocharged Ecotec engine with 260 horsepower (194 kW).

Interior additions

Much of the coupe’s interior remains the same as that of the convertible. However, the area behind the seats was redesigned for easy access to the cargo area, and a storage tray was mounted directly behind the headrests.

Removing the folding-top mechanism made way for a new, flat cargo floor and several storage compartments. The cargo area’s covered bins provide secure storage for smaller items. Cargo tie-down hooks help secure irregularly shaped items.


11 comments:

Very creative design! I like the styling mesh in the front and set of wheels compliments the overall design and the headlights are also good.

I love the masculine design of 2009 Pontiac Solstice Coupe car and its dramatic new look. But the front bumper is not that impressive. There are only few changes made with this car compared to the convertible.

This car looks very powerful and masculine. a gray shade of car looks very impressive that surely suites for all men.The ability of the car inside and out even on its engine are not questionable.

Very masculine and strong on characterized look. The car even stunning styled. The exterior is unique and interior made so ideal.

Aside from its dramatically styling design GXP model has the well balanced performance, That was actually likeable model type of car.

So should you be glad the 2009 Pontiac Solstice Coupe is now dead? Well, it all depends on how much you love Pontiac and American cars, because if we had $30,375 to spend on a brand new car, we’d be heading into the Nissan dealership right about now.

Despite its dramatic new look, engineers made only minor structural changes to create the Solstice coupe.

There is too much rear tire grip to do a drop-clutch launch. So there’s a bit of clutch-slipping finesse in a good launch. Shifter is OK, but clutch uptake is too close to the floor.

the side windows are WAY too small...

Is Saturn gonna me the Sky a coupe too....that car looks way better than the pontiac

4 cylinder- 260 hp. Not as good as the Evo, but loads better than the V8’s by Pontiac. How about some specs?

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