• Oct 5, 2007
According to what are being described as "well placed sources," General Motors is planning to introduce a Targa version of the Pontiac Solstice in the first half of 2009. Known internally as the GMX627, the Solstice Targa would sport two removable roof sections that will somehow be stored within that diminutive trunk.

The Targa is rumored to begin production in January of 2009 at GM's Wilmington plant, with about 10,000 units being built annually. The debut would likely happen at either the 2008 SEMA show or soon afterwards at the Los Angeles show that same year, and it will likely coincide with the redesign of both the Solstice and Saturn Sky.

And what about the Solstice Coupe? Reportedly a hardtop Solstice is still being planned. A convertible, targa and coupe model would certainly flesh out the Solstice line nicely and make the RWD hot rod more appealing to a wider audience.

[Source: Left Lane News]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      The Mazda MX-5 comes out with a hardtop that automatically retracts without taking up any trunk space and GM responds with this.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Since the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky are perhaps the most appealing new design GM has had in years. Why has the retarded management at GM limited the production and marketing of them?
        • 7 Years Ago
        because they have been selling out...
        why spend more money on new body styles and marketing when you are already operating at full capacity?

        when sales slow down, like they are starting too, the new models will come out to pick up the production slack.
      • 7 Years Ago
      T-tops will get a major upgrade it it looses the "T" bit.

      and by that I mean the center bar.

      This car is engineered to have structural rigidity as a convertible. There is no dire reason to have the windsheild header tied to the B-pillar roof stay.

      Two polycarbonate transparent panels with plastic and metal windowframe rails and attachment hardware, that attach to EACH OTHER (hint, hint, GM... Don't say it isn't possible...) rather than to a central bar.

      That would allow it to be a true targa roof, with two smaller stowable pieces, rather than one piece that is nearly as long as the car is wide. A piece that big is hard to handle and hard to stow, unless it is fabric and foldable, like Ferrari used to do.

      Two smaller pieces are easier to manage, and is more secure, and possibly more weatherproof than a fabric targa top.

      The saturn sky redline with that sort of arrangement and a sleek fasback roofline, sounds fantastic to me. Now if one could just get rid of the OnStar and tattle-tale black-box recorder...
      • 7 Years Ago

      Somehow I think you better check out how Pontiac marketing management screwed up big time on the marketing of the Solstice. And perhaps also you better look up how in 1964 Ford Management was somehow able to anticipate the success of then brand new Mustang since they sold over 1 million Mustangs in the first 18 months.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Mustang

      "Pontiac Solstice Flagging?"
      http://news.windingroad.com/marketingadvertising/saturn-sky-flying-high-pontiac-solstice-flagging/


      • 7 Years Ago
      Vertical-stacked tailpipes, even....

      Hubba Hubba Hubba
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is like when automakers started saying "three door", "sportcross", and "cylinder deactivation" as to not conjure up bad images from the past.

      This is a car with T-Tops.

      I think it will be done right this time but let's be honest.
      It's T-Tops, hatchback, station wagon, and the 4-6-8 for all the vehicles that fall into the categories I mentioned.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Very nice looking car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Pontiac planning Solstice targa?"

      They better be! A car as pretty or prettier than the Z4 Coupe at 2/3s the MSRP would be amazing.

      It'd also solve some of the Solstice's fundamental problems: inconvenient convertible-top design and total lack of luggage space.

      Shorten those gear ratios and give it a decent cupholder, and you'll be in business, Pontiac.
      • 7 Years Ago
      people still want t-tops?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Good point. My vette has a targa top but it's only one lightweight plexiglass piece. The t-tops on fbodies were real glass and weighed 30 lbs each and leaked.

        Did you ever see the Targa Porche used to sell? The top glass panel worked like a giant sunroof and would slide into the inside of the car and create a double back window. Slick piece of work but it caused terrible reflections.

        Oh, back to the Solstice coupe. I think that coupe looks suh-weet. I'd buy one as long as it came with 280+ hp. That would be one fun little ride.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Just what I was thinking. A t top is so Burt Reynolds 70's, they should just build that Sosltice coupe as it is in the design study, and boost the 4 cylinder engine a little with either a turbo or a supercharger, add a manumatic transmission with the little metal paddle shifters like on the sweet new 08 Lancer, and give the suspension a few tweaks and they're set.

        Oh and it wouldn't hurt if they touched up the front fascia and grill to more closely resemble the forthcoming and surprisingly good looking G8.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Love targas! glad GM is bringing targa-back.

      Former del Sol owner.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Can,t imagine a TTop owner EVER wanting another one. A Solstice true coupe should have come out with the ragtop,which is great fun, if one also owns another, more practicle form of transportation. I,ve seriously considered the aftermarket bolt on hatchback .
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yeah, there needs to be more than just the convertible for the Solstice (and Sky) to be popular for more than just a few years. If GM plans on keeping them in the line-up permanently (and to avoid the same fate as the Firebird), I think a coupe is definitely needed. The Miata survived as just a convertible, I know, but it's the original product. And it's not a GM product either (which counts a lot in consumers' eyes, apparently).
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