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    Pontiac Solstice Coupe 2009-2010

    PONTIAC UNVEILS 2009 SOLSTICE COUPE

    Hardtop Extends Appeal of Classic Design

    NEW YORK – 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-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.
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    PONTIAC SOLSTICE COUPE PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS

    Overview
    Models:
    Pontiac Solstice Coupe, Solstice GXP Coupe
    Body style / driveline:
    2-passenger, 2-door coupe; front-engine, rear-wheel drive
    Construction:
    welded galvanized steel enclosed central tunnel and hydroformed tube
    EPA vehicle class:
    two-seater
    Manufacturing location:
    Wilmington, Del.
    Key competitors:
    base: Mazda MX-5 Miata retractable hardtop
    GXP: Nissan 350Z Coupe

    Engines

    Ecotec 2.4L VVT
    Ecotec 2.0L DI Turbo VVT
    Type:
    2.4L DOHC I-4
    2.0L DOHC I-4
    Displacement (cu in / cc):
    145 / 2384
    122 / 1998
    Bore & stroke (in / mm):
    3.46 x 3.85 / 88 x 98
    3.39 x 3.39 / 86 x 86
    Block material:
    cast aluminum
    cast aluminum
    Cylinder head material:
    cast aluminum
    cast aluminum
    Valvetrain:
    DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder; variable valve timing
    DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder; dual continuous variable valve timing
    Ignition system:
    electronic direct
    individual coil-on-plug
    Fuel delivery:
    sequential multi-port fuel injection with high-pressure injectors and electronic throttle control
    spark ignition direct injection (SIDI) with variable high-pressure rail and electronic throttle control
    Compression ratio:
    10.4:1
    9.2:1
    Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm):
    173 / 129 @ 5800*
    260 / 194 @ 5300*
    Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm):
    167 / 226 @ 4500
    260 / 353 @ 2500-5250*
    Recommended fuel:
    premium recommended but not required
    premium recommended but not required
    Max engine speed (fuel cut-off):
    7000 rpm
    6350 rpm (fuel shut off)
    Emissions controls:
    close-coupled catalytic converters; Quick-Sync 58x ignition system; returnless fuel rail; fast-response O2 sensor
    close-coupled catalytic converters, Quick-Sync 58x ignition system; returnless fuel rail; wide-range O2 sensor
    EPA estimated fuel economy (city / hwy):
    19 / 24 (automatic)
    19 / 25 (manual)

    19 / 26 (automatic)
    19 / 28 (manual)

    Transmission
    Type:
    5-spd manual (MA5)
    5L40 5-spd automatic
    Gear ratios: (:1):


    First:
    3.75
    3.42
    Second:
    2.26
    2.21
    Third:
    1.51
    1.60
    Fourth:
    1.00
    1.00
    Fifth:
    0.73
    0.75
    Reverse:
    3.67
    3.02
    Final drive ratio:
    base: 3.91:1
    GXP: 3.73:1

    base: 3.91:1
    GXP: 3.73:1

    Chassis/Suspension
    Front:
    base: independent short/long arm, with hollow 27.2 x 4.5 mm stabilizer bar
    GXP: independent short/long arm, with hollow 33.3 x 4.5 mm stabilizer bar

    Rear:
    base: independent short/long arm, with hollow 24.2 x 3.0 mm stabilizer bar
    GXP: independent short/long arm, with hollow 25.4x3.0 mm stabilizer bar

    Steering type:
    hydraulic power-assisted rack-and-pinion
    Steering ratio:
    16.4:1
    Steering wheel turns, lock-to-lock:
    2.7
    Turning circle, curb-to-curb
    (ft / m):

    34.8 / 10.6
    Brakes
    Type:
    four-wheel disc, with ABS and electronic stability control (StabiliTrak)
    Rotor diameter x thickness (in / mm):
    front: 11.7 x 1 / 297 x 25, vented
    rear: 10.9 x 0.5 / 277 x 13, solid

    Swept area (sq in / cc)
    front: 243 / 1570
    rear: 189 / 1221

    Wheels/Tires
    Wheel size and type:
    base std: 18-inch x 8-inch five-spoke painted alloy; base opt: 18-inch x 8-inch five-spoke chromed aluminum and polished aluminum alloy
    GXP std: 18-inch x 8-inch five-spoke polished aluminum alloy or chromed aluminum

    Tires:
    base: P245/45R18 Goodyear Eagle RSA 96V all-season
    GXP: P245/45R18 Goodyear Eagle F1 GS2 96W high-performance

    Dimensions
    Exterior
    Wheelbase (in / mm):
    95.1 / 2415
    Overall length (in / mm):
    157.2 / 3992
    Overall width (in / mm):
    71.3 / 1810
    Overall height (in / mm):
    50.9 / 1292
    Track (in / mm):
    front: 60.7 / 1543

    rear: 61.4 / 1560
    Curb weight, base (lb / kg):
    base: 2930 / 1329 (est.)
    GXP: 3018 / 1369 (est.)

    Weight distribution (front / rear), approx.:
    50 / 50
    Interior
    Seating capacity:
    2
    Headroom (in / mm):
    37.4 / 950
    Legroom (in / mm):
    42.8 / 1086
    Shoulder room (in / mm):
    52.4 / 1332
    Hip room (in / mm):
    50.6 / 1284
    Capacities
    EPA interior volume (cu ft / L):
    50.8 / 1438
    Passenger Volume (cu ft / L)
    48.5 / 1373
    Cargo volume (cu ft / L), includes storage beneath load floor:
    5.6 / 159
    Fuel tank (gal / L):
    13.6 / 51.5
    Engine oil (qt / L):
    5 / 4.7
    Cooling system (qt / L):
    Base with:
    manual: 8.9 / 8.4
    automatic: 8.7 / 8.2
    GXP with:
    manual: 9.5 / 9.0
    automatic: 9.3 / 8.8
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    I personally find the concept very appealing.
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    I like it very much its a good concept.

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    I hope by concept, you guys don't mean a concept vehicle. This is production.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt View Post
    I hope by concept, you guys don't mean a concept vehicle. This is production.
    I meant the concept of a small, 2 seater, rear wheel drive sportscar.

    It can only be good for petrolheads that this is going into production.
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    i saw it couple of days ago on the road. it looked very good, i like this car
    12 cylinders or walk!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt View Post
    I hope by concept, you guys don't mean a concept vehicle. This is production.
    Yeah I know its in production I, too thought that this will be a successful model. I think that a lot of people who will buy a mid-$20k sporty car might want something more practical than a roadster.

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    looks great

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    I very much doubt I would fit in this car any better then I did the topless version. Think of Jeremy Clarkson opening the sunroof and driving down the road with his head sticking out the top.
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    I love the idea of this little bugger.
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    Does this pass as a hairdresser's car?

    Also, is the Dodge Demon ever going into production? It might be the only real competitor for it.

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    It needs a V8.
    ...or at least a straight 6.

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    If they hadn't skimped on trying to get it to production so quickly, I'd grab one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IBrake4Rainbows View Post
    If they hadn't skimped on trying to get it to production so quickly, I'd grab one.
    Not sure I get you here?

    The Solstice Roadster has been on sale for quite some time now. This rendition has got to be at least two years after it's market arrival.

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