GM green-lights Pontiac Solstice coupe

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  1. TriShield

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    Pontiac to build hardtop Solstice, sources say; variant could race in SCCA events

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    JASON STEIN | Automotive News and ROBERT SHEREFKIN | Automotive News
    Posted Date: 5/23/05

    DETROIT -- General Motors will offer a removable hardtop on the Pontiac Solstice roadster in the first quarter of 2007, supplier and GM sources say.

    The variant is part of GM's attempt to race the Solstice in Sports Car Club of America events. To race there, an automaker must have a production version of a hardtop vehicle.

    During a panel discussion at the SAE World Congress in Detroit last month, Mark Reuss, executive director of GM's Performance Division, showed a picture of a car labeled the 2007 Solstice GT. The photo showed the car in coupe form with a sloping, fixed roof.

    Pontiac spokesman Jim Hopson says the vehicle is still under study. "We're not ruling out a lot of possibilities," Hopson says. "We're going to explore some of those."

    GM insiders say Pontiac would like to add a hardtop to its lineup to stoke enthusiasm for what already appears to be a popular vehicle.

    As of Monday, May 16, Pontiac had 8,177 orders for the Solstice, GM says. Pontiac says it will start building the vehicle this summer.

    Reuss said he envisions a hardtop Solstice competing for the title in the Stock B-class competition against the Mazda Miata or in the Grand-Am Cup ST-class racing circuit against the BMW 330 and Mazda RX-8.


    The Solstice will be built at GM's Wilmington, Del., plant on the Kappa rear-wheel-drive architecture.

    Late next year GM will start building an Opel version of the Solstice in Wilmington. The Opel vehicle will be exported to Europe and will not be sold in the United States.

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    One of the only good things going for them right now.
     
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    Fuck I just read that the first 1,000 Solstices will be delivered by 10/31. :ugh: Just in time to freeze everyone out of wanting to buy a roadster.
     
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    I think I'd rather have the Sky than the Solstice...
     
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    good decision.
     
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    I'd like to see that in SCCA Speed World Challenge Touring

    :cool:
     
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    Probably really hard if not impossible. The solstice is round and swoopy and the sky is all edgy
     
  8. Jake!

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    same platform, so it isn't impossible

    the Kappa plaform is "inspired" by the C5 chassis. AKA- I don't remember how close the geometry is to the C5
     
  9. i thought that was old news
     
  10. Jake!

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    not the hard top, soft tops will be in dealers this fall
     
  11. Black98GPGT

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    To bad its the ugliest thing pontiac has ever made since the 2+2
     
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    They aren't cladding these things in 200lbs of plastic side moldings :rofl:

    It's a good step forward

    the foglights though look like an afterthought and belong on a Dodge product.
     
  13. Kinsbane

    Kinsbane Life is a dream from which we all must wake. OT Supporter

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    Just gimme a Redline Sky already :(
     
  14. Jake!

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    :werd: I like the pontiac a lot until they showed the saturn
     
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    Looks European :naughty:

    for Pontiac :big grin:
     
  16. VicenteFox

    VicenteFox Does your mother still hang out at dockside bars?

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    it looks so meh compared to the Sky.
     
  17. The_notorious_P.O.O.P.

    The_notorious_P.O.O.P. She was all naked... and articulate!

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    everytime I swear I won't buy another Pontiac, one comes along to pull me back in...

    First the GTO, then the Solstice and now the hardtop. :love:
     
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    Good. Now they just need to get them on dealer lots so I can go flog the shit out of one.
     
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    but isn't the sky a spaceframe with plastic bodywork, while the solstice is a unibody?
     
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    No. The only difference between the two cars is body, they're identical underneath the skin. The Sky is supposed to come out Spring of 2006 and will cost three to four thousand more than the Solstice.
     
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    looks nice when i saw it on the Apprentice
     
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    Not good. Completely different body parts, including the hoods, headlamps, etc.
     
  23. Dr. Zoidberg

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    oh :hs: i thought all saturns did the spaceframe/plastic thing :o
     
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    That's going away, starting with the Aura and Sky. Both flavors of the roadster have hydroformed stamped steel, conventional stamped steel, sheet molding compound bodies.
     
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    oh well :hs: gotta keep costs down somehow
     

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