Thursday, July 30, 2015

Unobtanium: 2009 Pontiac Solstice GXP Coupe

When GM first announced the Pontiac Solstice concept car in 2002, everybody rejoiced.  Here was a fun, rear-drive, light weight, sportster, from GM.  When it was released for the 2006 model year the reception was less than enthusiastic because it had porked up a bit since the concept, and was given a typically GM 4X4 riding stance (I know people blame the GM wheel-fender gap issues on Detroit streets, but I sometimes think those guys design their cars on the streets of Baghdad). Then GM released the Solstice GXP, and people were happy, but it was still no better than a Mazdaspeed MX-5.  But in 2009 GM released the Solstice GXP Coupe, and for a few precious months (until the Pontiac brand was layed to rest) all was well with the world.  Find this 2009 Pontiac Solstice GXP Coupe here on eBay bidding for $22,701 reserve-not-met with 1 day to go, located in Raleigh, NC.


The Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Sky, Euro market Opel GT and South Korean Daewoo G2X were to forever change the automotive landscape in the direction of simplicity and goodness...and then the autopocalypse of 2008 was upon us.  Pontiac and Saturn were no more, but 1152 (give or take) Solstice GXP Coupes left the factory and are floating around on the road, garages, or museums.


The Solstice GXP is powered by a 2.0 liter Ecotec SIDI-turbo (Spark Ignition Direct Injection - Turbocharged) inline-4 that puts out 260 horsepower and 260 ft-lbs of torque stock, or 290 hp and 340 ft-lbs with a dealer installed ECU tune.  The Gen II Ecotec LNF engine was an excellent high performance engine from GM and found its way into Cobalt SS, HHR SS and even the $100k Fisker Karma.


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12 comments:

  1. Ah Pontiac, saving the best for last.... Give us the goodies once the car is doomed. The later Fieros were pretty decent as well. I find this a quite fetching car and would love to have it in my garage.

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  2. Beautiful car and in some handsome colors here, I wonder what it will end up selling for? Ive never driven one but it sure looks like fun. I had a few good dreams about owning a LS2T56 swapped version from Mallet Supercars, that would be the right kind of insanity for me.

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  3. Never seen a coupe version in the real world !

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  4. The most beautiful car made in the last 10 years.

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  5. Wow, never seen the coupe version either. Very nice with some good numbers to boot.

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    1. Even somewhat TVR-ish

      [img]http://www.topcarrating.com/tvr/2002-tvr-t350.jpg[/img]

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    2. Yes, and in the best Murican way possible.

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  6. Despite all the Solstice bashing, I heard the GXP's would clean-up the track against the Miata.
    Even today they are developing kits to transplant 2.2 GM EcoTec normally aspirated (can't use the acronym NA in the same discussion with Miata) engines/transmissions into older Miata.

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  7. They are pretty rare in the wild and believe it or not there is another one on Ebay.
    Item 141727704835.
    Black, 43K miles and buy now 30K.
    Both are manuals and quoting the seller of the black one, "It is one of 1152 coupes built in 2009, 781 GXP s, 226 with manual option.

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  8. A n orphan American small really rare really fast coupe....

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  9. If I'm not mistaken, one of the quirks of this car was that the removable roof panel actually wouldn't fit IN the car for transport. Pray for no rain.

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    1. That's true, they came with small vinyl toupee that could go in the space in a pinch. Apparently, it is assembled in a fashion not unlike the convertable tops on old British roadsters.

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