• Jan 24, 2007
Pontiac's foray into the tuner world has been partially stunted by the limited amount of available Solsti on the road. Fortunately for Pontiac, a Canadian customizing contingent that represents the best of what's up north, took it upon itself to create the stereotypical tuner machine (with 500 horsepower, though) out of its coveted drop top.

The Pontiac Top Tuner Solstice was led by Elite Tuners of Canada and involved over 30 different companies to bring the green terror to fruition. The high end showmobile reportedly cost over $500,000 to produce and judging by the amount of modifications, that sounds about right.

Follow the jump for the rest of the story.

[Source: World Car Fans]

The most obvious changes take place on the exterior, with a one-off, fiberglass hardtop fitted in place of the standard canvas roof. From there, Phat Custom Rides of Montreal created a custom body kit that includes a new front fascia, widened front clip, airdam-infused rear fenders and a fiberglass hood. Needless to say, all that faux-aero gear needs a "grab your eye" hue, so Henry's Auto Body in Shediac, New Brunswick was tapped to create a color that no other shop would offer: Vivacious Candy Green.

Where it really matters is under the hood, and GM was more than happy to help out. The General's performance parts division supplied the shop with a 2-liter crate engine, which the tuners promptly dismantled and equipped with LSJ connecting rods and pistons, cams, cam gears, a custom aluminum intake manifold and the rear differential pulled from the CTS-V. All that wrench time under the hood is responsible for an engine purportedly able to produce over 500 pissed off ponies.

The Top Tuner Solstice has made its way around North America, running off with a variety of awards at some of the premier aftermarket showcases. Considering that some of the great minds of Canada were allowed to play with a virtually unlimited budget, that's no surprise.

Our man Chris saw the beasty in person at this year's CES show, when it was pimping for Pioneer. You can read his original post here.


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      • 8 Years Ago
      If Solstice fans are proud of that vehicle... well then I'm glad I drive a Miata.

      15" rotors front, 17" back????? I guess they need that big in the back to handle the weight of those subs.

      Wonder if the CTS-V diff solves the leak problem?
      • 8 Years Ago
      For people with more money than brains....
      • 8 Years Ago
      Anyone remember playing the first Need For Speed? or was it the second one? Well, in there, they had a hidden non-real super car that looks very close to the Solstice, or maybe it's just me.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Does it come with a body kit held on by self tapping screws and painted with spray paint?

      or an exhaust made from a coffee can?

      Does it have a GT-R sticker on the back next to the pontiac logo?

      are the rims two different shapes AND sizes?

      Does the driver INSIST on the car having performance parts that don't exist?

      Does it stand any chance against my blown '82 el camino?

      The fast and the furious trend is OVER except maybe in the hearts and minds of 14 year olds who think liters are better than cubic inches. I'd sooner push this car into the crusher and collect $50. besides,it has one distinct disadvantage. it rides SO LOW that the minute the punk-ass seventeen year old driver goes over a speed bump,he's going to have to explain to mommy and daddy what happened to his graduation present. i like the stock solstice,i think it's an amazing and fun-as-all-hell little car to drive,and more product like it should be FLYING out the doors of GM manufacturing plants, but this is the bastard child of the pack.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Autoblog featuring this vehicle again? Come on... this thing is absolutely hideous. There are so many nicer custom cars out there...
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Solstice: Designed by people who don't like cars.
      • 8 Years Ago
      one good way to ruin a pontiac o wait GM already did that
      • 8 Years Ago
      @Seth :

      Now I am not saying I disagree with you on the GTR stickers and the non-existing performance parts. I am not a fan of "over-tuned" vehicles. However, you have to admit that with the right amount of work and money you can turn a 2 liter 4 cylinder into a real racing machine. Just look at the Mitsubishi Evo or the Lotus Elise. Granted not the fastest in a straight line, but definitly recognized and succesful performance cars.

      I think that is what most afficionado's forget when they talk about "tuned cars". Not every tuner goes out and slaps tons of plastic, stickers and nitrous to their car. Some people actually have an idea of what they are doing and can do a decent job. Taking something and turning it into something better, not just optically but also mechanically. Of course there are those who drastically over exaggerate; I hate to see the "vacuum cleaners" zoom by on the highway too. But that's no reason to hate all tuners and make it sound like they are all idiots who just order random things out of catalogs.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Spoken like a true bunch of guys who more than likely drive a Camry and if they drive something with a little power they still drive it like Grandma anyway.

      The Solstice beat out the Miatas, BMWs and Hondas to win the SCCA SSB championship. It also won the 2006 C Stock and C Stock Ladies. The last American car to win either category was a Dodge GLH Turbo in 1986. The GXP will run in "A" stock alongside NSXs S2000s, EVOs and STi's. Pretty heady competition for such a "ugly" car, no?

      "Don Knowles drives his Pontiac Solstice to a first-ever Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) National Championship Runoff win Friday, October 13, 2006 at Heartland Park Topeka in Topeka, Kansas. Knowles kicked off a three title weekend for General Motors vehicles and also extended GM's consecutive championship win streak to 51 years"

      While I am sure you can build one for a lot less, they wouldn't have gotten my $500K, it is a shoooowww car you dolts. At least they admitted how much it cost to do. Unlike so many tuner show cars - no-one wants the kid who works part time to know that GT-R he is lusting after is $300-400K with all that custom carbon fiber and 1,000bhp motor. Sorry pea-brains, custom hand made products cost money. If you don't have the money to afford it, don't be upset that you don't.
      No everyone harbors disgust for American products. Most of all if you think you can whip its' ass on the track, please call GM as ask for a race. Or better yet put up your car and call Pinks! I am sure the producers would die of laughter...
      • 8 Years Ago
      This car cost a half million dollars to produce? I realize getting 500 horsepower out of a 4 cylinder engine costs a lot of money, but I think GM got taken for a ride.
      • 8 Years Ago
      So many haters here, not realizing this is just a showcase one-off, this is not a street-friendly vehicle meant to be driven around, it exists to look pretty (subjective opinion), and demonstrate "what can be done"... The price tag reflects the reality of prototype quantity production of so many of the custom parts this car has. It's a piece of automotive techno-art, not a stock vehicle with bolt-on body and performance parts.

      I mean look at the interior: http://maxx.wolltech.com/IMG_0532.jpg