2009 Pontiac Solstice GXP Coupe review and pictures

Posted on Thursday, 20 March 2008 , 11:03:25 byVeronica

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Pontiac Solstice GXP Coupe

The 2009 Pontiac Solstice coupe was created for drivers who appreciate both dramatic styling and balanced performance. The model was revealed for the first time at the New York Auto Show as a GXP model. The coupe also features a removable roof panel, fully opening the cockpit to all of the sensations of the road. The 2009 Pontiac Solstice coupe is expected to arrive in Pontiac dealerships at the beginning of 2009. It was inspired by the Solstice Coupe Concept revealed in 2002 at the North American International Auto Show. 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. The rear fenders and rear fascia are the same as those on the convertible. The structure of the roof was strengthened with additional support elements, including an aluminum roof bow attached with aluminum brackets. The roof includes a lightweight sheet molding compound cover affixed to a rigid aluminum frame for additional lightweight support. Initial tests have shown that the 2009 Pontiac Solstice coupe will deliver ride and handling, acceleration, braking and fuel economy comparable to the convertible model. Under the hood, the car features a 2.4-liter Ecotec 4-cylinder engine capable of developing 173 horsepower. The GXP version, on the other hand, is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged Ecotec engine capable of producing 260 horsepower. The interior remains almost the same as that of the convertible. Even so, the area behind the seats was redesigned for easy access to the cargo area and a storage tray was mounted directly behind the headrests. Other modifications made way for a new, flat cargo floor and several storage compartments. Pontiac specialists can be proud of their new achievement.