- Car brand: Pontiac
- Convertible roof type: Fabric
- Pontiac Solstice 2.4
- Pontiac Solstice GXP 2.0 Turbo
The Pontiac Solstice was the first car to use GM’s Kappa platform specifically developed for rear wheel drive roadster production with the aim of taking some market share away from the Mazda Miata and BMW Z4. The first car to use this platform was the Pontiac Solstice which uses the traditional roadster layout of a front-mid-mounted engine, two seats and rear wheel drive.
Power comes from the Ecotec four cylinder also seen in the Vauxhall/Opel Astra coupe. Steering and suspension are both excellent giving this car handling more akin to European sportscars than those from the US but unfortunately it keeps a little too much of the weight of the latter which dulls its sporting edge. As you might expect, GM added power to the Solstice rather than shave off pounds in reaction to this.
The Solstice along with the other cars under the Pontiac brand were phased out during 2009.