It’s apparent that cars of the future receive a lot of attention from would-be auto designers and, although many of these ideas will never see a production line, the designers behind them are still out to get noticed. Our latest futuristic find is actually a car that was already in existence: the Pontiac Solstice. This cool roadster was produced from 2005-2009, but came to a quick and tragic end, much like the automaker itself. Now, Macedonian designer, Dejan Hristov, is going to battle for the Solstice with his modern design study, the Solstice Concept II.
The Solstice II Concept combines the core proportions of the original model, but adds a sculptural design language. At the front, Hristov’s concept features vertical headlights and a complexly-shaped carbon spoiler, while the rear end combines sharp lines with circular tail lights and exhaust pipes. It also has a targa layout, leaving the hard top to fold out of sight by rotating behind the seats.
No mention was made on what would be powering the theoretical future Soltice, but if the times are any inclination, we’d guess a hybrid or electric setup. Either way the concept looks rather aggressive and could have potential. That is, if any other automaker felt like picking it up.
The Pontiac Solstice, together with its brethren, have long flown into the direction of the sunset after General Motors officially dissolved the brand last year. But even if production of the Solstice and all other Pontiac models have already ceased, it doesn’t mean that you can’t turn the little Pontiac sports car into something completely different.
For that to happen, we may need to start familiarizing ourselves with kit cars. If you haven’t been introduced to that concept, kit cars are basically cars that are purchased and assembled separately. More often than not, cars used for this purpose are those that have already been discontinued – the Solstice qualifies on that regard – and taking the shape and chassis of the kit car while using the same base plate, suspension, engine, and gearbox of the car that was used.
On that note, a Danish company called Sondergard Automotive specializes in producing kit car models and one of their projects is this Pontiac Solstice-based Sondergard kit car concept. Designed by Jesper Hermann of BMW fame, this roadster kit car takes the look of a futuristic sports car that’s been given a vintage feel. Performance specs of the car include a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 265 horsepower and a 0-60 mph time of four seconds.
If you wish to avail of this kit car and turn your Solstice – or Opel GT in Europe – into this new-age ‘blast-from-the-past’ roadster, you’re going to need to shell out somewhere between $52,000 to $89,000.
We actually don’t know if this Sondergard kit justifies the expensive price tag, but if money isn’t an issue for you, then you might as well take the adventurous route and turn your Solstice into this eye-catching roadster.
For those who know their American car history, they would know that the name ‘Pontiac’ is synonymous to ‘American original’.
For over 80 years, Pontiac has been responsible for producing some of the most iconic vehicles in the US, responsible for the likes of the Bonneville, the GTO, the Grand-Am, and the Firebird. But while Pontiac has enjoyed a remarkable run, spanning generations of Americans, the road has finally come to an end for Pontiac.
And as soon as the last production Pontiac vehicle - the Pontiac Solstice – rolls out of the plant, Pontiac’s doors will now forever be closed.
The whirlwind of activity surrounding General Motors these days appears to be far from over. The latest piece of news we’ve heard is that GM is discontinuing the Pontiac Vibe, two weeks after it said that it had plans of continuing the car through next year.
It wasn’t that long ago when GM said that of all the Pontiac cars earmarked for 2010 releases, only the Vibe and the G6 would be rolled out with the G6 specifically earmarked only to fleet customers.
Now, it appears that the Vibe won’t even make to September as GM has just confirmed that production of the Vibe will finish this August, with poor sales – down 35% through May – being largely attributed as the culprit regarding the Vibe’s untimely demise.
If you want to show off a little, just until the others realize about your trick, you can choose for a 2006 Pontiac Solstice and claim it was one of the thousand concepts presented during the 2006 SEMA show.
The car is made of a custom one-off bodykit consisting in a re-designed front, new rear bumper, stylish side skirts and features 20-inch TSW alloy wheels packed in 235/30/20 tires signed by Pirelli, KW sport springs, an AEM cold air intake and a Magnaflow performance exhaust.
Pontiac will launch a GXP version of its newly launched Solstice Coupe next year. The GXP version will come to compete with the 2010 Nissan 370Z. And the company says it will produce around 300 hp.
the extra horses, courtesy more turbo boost, intercooling and a new fuel rail, will be available in the GXP convertible, too, and only with the manual gearbox in either coupe or convertible (automatics will be stuck at 260). Second, that’s still about 30 horses shy of the 370Z, if the Infiniti G37 is any guide. But the 3.7 is a V-6, of course.
The 300-horsepower Ecotec turbo is probably a short-term engine, as expected interim Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards before the 2020 rule aren’t likely to be kind to such high output. The targa coupe also will come with the 173-horsepower, 2.4-liter Ecotec engine.
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.
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.
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 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.
Until now we told you about the G8 GXP and the G8 Sport Truck, but Pontiac will also unveil the Solstice Coupe at the New York Auto Show. And here’s the first photo revealed by Pontiac.com
In a previous article we were saying that the fastback coupe will be powered by a turbocharged version of the 2.0-liter direct-injection four-cylinder engine used in the Roadster version. The maximum output will be around 265 hp. A V8 version will also be used, probably for the GXP version (also available for the coupe version). We expect a maximum output of 300 hp. The transmission will remain the same as in the Roadster version.