• Nov 2, 2006
The Pontiac Solstice is a fun little roadster that has managed to capture the fancy of people who would never have even thought of stepping into a Pontiac dealership. Cute and affordable are a good combination for guaranteeing sales, but there wasn't a lot of meat on its bones. Slightly anemic in N/A form, the turbocharged GXP made it a car that even weekend racers might enjoy. And now we see the GXP-R, which takes thing up a notch or two. Rather than the already-admirable 260 hp in the standard GXP, the overboosted engine in this SEMA version delivers a nice round 300 hp and 315 lb.-ft. of torque all the way down at 3250 rpm.

Upgraded stopping comes via the SSBC Performance Brake Package, nestled behind custom 19-inch x 8.5-inch wheels, and wrapped in chunky Goodyear Eagle F1 245/40ZR19 tires. The outside of this Solstice GXP-R has been enhanced with a revised front fascia with a couple of new slats and altered grilles for better breathing. At the side we see modified air extractors behind the front wheels, a different rear fascia and a pretty subtle rear spoiler. Eschewing the color-of-the-day orange on its Club Sport brother, the GXP-R wears Hydro Blue that looks a bit like the Escalade EXT and Hayabusa combo elsewhere in the booth. Same color pops up in the vehicle's interior, in the form of stitching, bezel and trim pigmenting. Like the engine and trim, still prefer the Club Sport though. More pics after the jump.



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      • 8 Years Ago
      Hot Hot Hot! But like some people said, will these make the showroom floor?
      • 8 Years Ago

      It's a pity that they will only make 10 of them.

      Total...
      • 8 Years Ago
      ugly wheels, but the power upgrade make up for it

      still I would not buy one of these just cause of the interior - that's where i will bespending my time in and if i don't like that, than whats the point, since it will piss me off everytime i get in
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'd love a version with manual windows but with the added power. Manual windows, manual locks, radio delete option (i'd probably be adding my own radio of choice anyway)and no A/C but include the turbo and i'd be thrilled...other than the annoying interior. Who puts cup holders behind where your elbow rests?

      Now, I was really tempted by the concept car when it was on the show circuit but I wanted it in coupe form. I'm still waiting but I am hoping it comes badged as a Saturn as the sharper lines appeal more to me than the solstice does.
      • 8 Years Ago
      These SEMA show cars are like fancy runway fashion outfits--they're just for show and few make it to production. I wonder what the customizers do with the cars after.
      • 8 Years Ago
      We got the 2007 2.4L Solstice 210 miles/2 weekends ago.
      The car is beautiful. Roll down windows, manual roof, manual door locks, manual side mirrors. The car came with AC, for real! We settled on the package because we wanted to keep it simple. It's a lot like driving an older car but without the headaches that come with courting "The Prince of Darkness"(Lucas electronics)or some of the other nasty no fun stuff. After reasearching the car since it's U.S intro, it finally became ours. Later on if & when possible,
      we would like to embellish the HP but it's fast enough for now. Any ideas on that would be appreciated. Alos if there's any after market sites for enthusiasts cropping up, YES!!!
      The car rocks and it's 100%. F.U.N.
      Our "other" car is a 2005 Prius. 100% Californian!
      The Solstice is a keeper & already collectible but we're driving it anyway. According to some definitions, the Solstice and other autos akin to it, are not "roadster" types. Apparently there are long standing design elements that determine that classification but, it still rocks!. Comparing the Sky to the Solstice, both are nice but the Pontiac exudes more of the soul of a sports car.
      Improvements: Larger sideview mirrors, a more visible(larger) gas gauge, the radio blows in respect to reception. Better insulation in the drive tunnel; yeah I know, "it's a sprts car" still, it would be an improvement.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is what i do not get, everyone talks about horse power. Hey how about this, basic version comes with manual windows and no A/C. Wow, how cool will you look stiring the car with one hand and manualy lowering window because it is too hot.


      But hay who needs an A/C you can just pop the top, so who cares that it's raining.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Because the best thing to do with your big stonkin' 300hp convertible is to paint it light blue.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Are there any sports car purists in this crowd? Why are you all posting on an auto blog if all you care about is power windows and wheel rims? Go buy a Toyota, and shut up. Oh, and #7, learn how to spell.
      GT
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well with every car made these days, people have to find something to complain about it. The point pontiac puts out is that the solstice is fun to drive. People wanted it faster, so they made a gxp. Now, people want the gxp faster, so they have an idea of a gxp-r. I'll give it to those people who complain about the space, but then again its a convertible roadster. Anyone who owns a solstice can see the attention they are getting from other drivers and their passengers. People say that they are attractive cars to the public. The light blue just makes it stick out more.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ok, now make the sky version subk 28k
      • 8 Years Ago
      Much like my earlier Challenger / SEMA comment that was taken out of context... are we going to actually see this thing in showrooms?

      If not, then WTF is the point of this show?

      Oh, and those rims are fugly.
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