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Segment: Coupe

Pontiac introduced the Solstice Roadster as the American cousin for the European Opel GT and, five years later, it transformed it into a coupe.

With the world financial crisis already happening, GM tried its best to keep its engine running and offered the Solstice Coupe as a four-season sports car. In those times, the Solstice Roadster was the best-selling roadster on the U.S. market, and the carmaker tried to keep the brand alive. It was the last Pontiac, and its production lasted only a few months.

At the front, the car shared its front fascia with its roadster sibling and sported some parts from other GM vehicles, such as the fog lights carried over from Pontiac Grand Prix. Since the car was a targa, the carmaker just took the same chassis from the roadster and built a greenhouse with a removable roof, which couldn't be stored in the car. At the back, a glass liftgate covered the trunk large enough for a medium-sized backpack.

GM tried to make the car as cheap as possible and carried over many parts from its parts bin. It took parts from Chevrolet Cobalt, Hummer H3, Pontiac Grand Prix, Cadillac XLR, and the seats from the previous generation of the Opel/Vauxhall Corsa. It looked like it was a car built by accountants for small-sized people who liked clothes with lots of pockets since there were almost no storage bins inside the cabin.

Under the hood, Pontiac installed a choice of two engines: a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated four-pot and a turbocharged 2.0-liter carried over from Opel. Both were paired to a Hummer H3, a five-speed gearbox that sent the power to the rear differential taken from a Cadillac CTS. A five-speed automatic (from Cadillac SRX) was on the options list.

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PONTIAC Solstice Coupe 2008 - 2009
  4 gasoline engines
  • 2.0L ECOTEC Turbo 5AT (264 HP)
  • 2.0L ECOTEC Turbo 5MT (264 HP)
  • 2.4L ECOTEC 5AT (176 HP)
  • 2.4L ECOTEC 5MT (176 HP)

PONTIAC Solstice Coupe 2.0L ECOTEC Turbo 5AT (264 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L ECOTEC Turbo 5AT (264 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1998 cm3
Power
194 KW @ 5300 RPM
264 HP @ 5300 RPM
260 BHP @ 5300 RPM
Torque
260 lb-ft @ 5300 RPM
353 Nm @ 5300 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
13.7 gallons (51.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
150 mph (241 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
5.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
P245/45R18
DIMENSIONS
Length
157.2 in (3993 mm)
Width
71.3 in (1811 mm)
Height
50.9 in (1293 mm)
Front/rear Track
60.7/61.4 in (1,542/1,560 mm)
Wheelbase
95.1 in (2416 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.5 in (114 mm)
Cargo Volume
5.6 cuFT (159 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.43
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3042 lbs (1380 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3594 lbs (1630 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
19 mpg US (12.4 L/100Km)
Highway
27 mpg US (8.7 L/100Km)
Combined
21 mpg US (11.2 L/100Km)

PONTIAC Solstice Coupe 2.0L ECOTEC Turbo 5MT (264 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L ECOTEC Turbo 5MT (264 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1998 cm3
Power
194 KW @ 5300 RPM
264 HP @ 5300 RPM
260 BHP @ 5300 RPM
Torque
260 lb-ft @ 5300 RPM
353 Nm @ 5300 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
13.7 gallons (51.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
155 mph (249 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
5.7 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
P245/45R18
DIMENSIONS
Length
157.2 in (3993 mm)
Width
71.3 in (1811 mm)
Height
50.9 in (1293 mm)
Front/rear Track
60.7/61.4 in (1,542/1,560 mm)
Wheelbase
95.1 in (2416 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.5 in (114 mm)
Cargo Volume
5.6 cuFT (159 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.43
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3018 lbs (1369 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3571 lbs (1620 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
19 mpg US (12.4 L/100Km)
Highway
28 mpg US (8.4 L/100Km)
Combined
22 mpg US (10.7 L/100Km)

PONTIAC Solstice Coupe 2.4L ECOTEC 5AT (176 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.4L ECOTEC 5AT (176 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2384 cm3
Power
129 KW @ 5800 RPM
175 HP @ 5800 RPM
173 BHP @ 5800 RPM
Torque
166 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM
225 Nm @ 4500 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
13.7 gallons (51.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
150 mph (241 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
7.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
P245/45R18
DIMENSIONS
Length
157.2 in (3993 mm)
Width
71.3 in (1811 mm)
Height
50.9 in (1293 mm)
Front/rear Track
60.7/61.4 in (1,542/1,560 mm)
Wheelbase
95.1 in (2416 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.5 in (114 mm)
Cargo Volume
5.6 cuFT (159 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.44
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2952 lbs (1339 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3501 lbs (1588 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
19 mpg US (12.4 L/100Km)
Highway
24 mpg US (9.8 L/100Km)
Combined
21 mpg US (11.2 L/100Km)

PONTIAC Solstice Coupe 2.4L ECOTEC 5MT (176 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.4L ECOTEC 5MT (176 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2384 cm3
Power
129 KW @ 5800 RPM
175 HP @ 5800 RPM
173 BHP @ 5800 RPM
Torque
166 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM
225 Nm @ 4500 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
13.7 gallons (51.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
155 mph (249 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
7.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
P245/45R18
DIMENSIONS
Length
157.2 in (3993 mm)
Width
71.3 in (1811 mm)
Height
50.9 in (1293 mm)
Front/rear Track
60.7/61.4 in (1,542/1,560 mm)
Wheelbase
95.1 in (2416 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.5 in (114 mm)
Cargo Volume
5.6 cuFT (159 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.44
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2930 lbs (1329 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3479 lbs (1578 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
19 mpg US (12.4 L/100Km)
Highway
25 mpg US (9.4 L/100Km)
Combined
21 mpg US (11.2 L/100Km)
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