• Dec 6th 2006 at 4:09PM
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The gents at Winding Road (you remember those guys, right?) got up close and personal with Bob Lutz at a recent media event and asked him directly about whether or not a coupe version of the Pontiac Solstice was still in the works. The answer Lutz gave was guarded, but it clearly indicates a coupe was part of the plan all along and that, at least Lutz, still wants to build one that looks just like the concept that debuted back in 2002 (shown above). It seems that in order to make the business case for the Solstice sound, the coupe was left off the table at the first go round. General Motors will likely sit down to review the success of the Sostice so far and determine whether or not more economies of scale can be realized with another Kappa model, which at that point a Solstice Coupe will likely get a green light. Lutz goes on to call the decision to build a coupe "logical" and adds it would be very good for racing, which is an area in which the Solstice is enjoying some early success already.

[Source: Winding Road]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      3 - That sky coupe pic is hot. I'll be getting a new fun car next fall. If Saturn rolls out a coupe for 08 (in turbo trim), I'll get in line.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think if they do build this car than it should fall under another brand, and get unique sheet metal/interior.

      As much as I hate to say it, what might me cool is a Solstice Coupe with an ignition key between the seats. Though I hate seeing Saab sell Saabaru's and Saablazers they have done an amazing job with those vehicles, both as far as suspension tuning and looks. I think a Saturn Sky style car with a Saab nose would be Hot! especially with a roof to differentiate it from an Opel GT.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I like the coupe. I think there's a marketf or it. It's nice to see ordinary people driving the Solstice. Usually roadsters are reserved for people with the moneys.

      If you're interested in the Pontiac Solstice, check out http://www.solsticeforums.com
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm not keen on this trend of automakers making hardtop editions of their roadsters. This defeats the purpose of them being roadsters. I didn't like it with the Z4 and I don't like it here.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Instead of a coupe, I'd rather see kappa stretched a bit, and it become a cool, lightweight, small, 4door rwd (modern bmw 2002). Some of us w/ kids to stuff in the back want a fun inexpensive car rwd daily driver.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Lets just hope the parts fit right...

      A friend of mine wanted to go replace his S2000 with a Solstice, but before he even test drove it, he noticed that the trunk didn't quite "fit right". Apparently it was assembled incorrectly and as a result the trunk wouldn't latch correctly.

      He left before even talking to a salesman. I wonder how many potential "conquests" GM has lost that way.
      • 8 Years Ago
      A rolling bubble turd. No class, no sportiness, no grace, no luxury. Just an crayon drawing from a hyper-active school child. Typical old school GM brass.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Solstice Coupe is a great idea.

      First, it looks great. Like a smaller, more tossable and thrashable Nissan 350Z.

      Second, it makes business sense; with mostly the same architecture and engine components, GM can add a new model and almost double sales. It doesn't compete with the G6 as someone suggested above because it's in a different size and class of vehicle. It complements the Pontiac range and reinforces the performance image Pontiac is still striving for.

      Third, give it a snazzy name like Pontiac Solstice Stingray (from the rear the concept's fenders and C pillars almost look like the sweet classic C2 Corvette '63 split window). Ain't nothing wrong with that.
      • 8 Years Ago

      "no manufacturer offers a 2 seat rwd coupe for less than $40k"

      i got my 350z for 27K
        • 8 Years Ago
        With discounts, carsdirect says you could scoop up an RX-8 for 22k...there seems to be a glut of small sports cars. This seems to be complete opposite of five years ago, when the American market had almost no Japanese sports cars and only gas-guzzling American V8s. If only the Solstice GXP had come out while Supra, 3000GT, and 300ZX were being axed....
      • 8 Years Ago
      The return of the Opel GT
      • 8 Years Ago
      Is that just a Photoshop job, or a previous coupe concept?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I wonder if this is an actual story or if Winding Roads is just making some hype for their next fake prototype.... I still don't understand the point of the Corvette stuff and I have lost a lot of credibility for that publication
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