Pontiac unveils 2009 Solstice Coupe


Pontiac unveils 2009 Solstice Coupe

Pontiac unveils 2009 Solstice Coupe

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On show at this week’s New York Auto Show is a brand new coupe version of the Pontiac Solstice that will go on sale early next year in both standard and performance GXP trims. The new hardtop is based on the original Solstice coupe concept that debuted as far back as the 2002 Detroit Auto Show and features the same ‘fastback’ shape, stylized roof rails and functional ducktail 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. For drivers still wanting an open-air experience, the coupe also features a removable roof panel that can be stored in the cargo area. The roof’s structure was strengthened with additional support elements, including an aluminum roof bow attached with aluminum brackets. The hardtop also includes a lightweight sheet molding compound cover affixed to a rigid aluminum frame for additional lightweight support.

The rear fenders and rear fascia are the same as those on the convertible, however new taillight assemblies were necessary to blend with the new tapered roofline.

Like its roadster sibling, the coupe is powered by a standard 2.4L Ecotec four-cylinder engine generating 173hp (129kW), while the GXP version is equipped with a more potent 2.0L turbocharged Ecotec engine developing 260hp (194kW).

 
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