• Mar 7, 2008

Back in October we told you that a targa Pontiac Solstice was on the way sometime in 2008, and now some sources are reporting that the removable top two-seater will be unveiled in New York in two weeks. The targa setup will consist of panels over the driver and passenger seats that can stow into the trunk of the two-seater. It's still unknown how many configurations the stowable top will have, but hard and soft-top variations are possible. Production on the targa Solstice will reportedly start in January of 2009, with 10,000 units per year planned.

We really enjoyed our time with the Solstice GXP last spring, but the soft top was way less than stellar, as anyone who has attempted to operate one will tell you. A targa roof could fix that problem while still delivering on the fashionable looks of the 2002 concept car. There is still no news concerning a Solstice coupe, but Maximum Bob wants one, and we're with him.

UPDATE: Source credit corrected.

[Source: The GM Source via Jalopnik]




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      • 6 Years Ago
      Guess its easier than making a REAL top and a useful car. The Miata is still best in class and if not for looks the GM twins would have been laughed off the street.

        • 6 Years Ago
        yeah, if not for looks, because looks are so insignificant in this type of vehicle.

        *sigh*

        I also like your implication that the GM roadsters are laughably bad in comparison to the Miata when every comparison review that I've ever read calls them very close. Which one wins comes down to the reviewer's opinion of what's important (which of course varies), but I've never seen a single person who does this stuff for a living say that the Miata is out-and-out better by a mile.

        Looks good (by your admission) and performs almost as well as or better than the established king of the hill (depending on who you ask). You're totally right, a real chump of a car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I didn't have any problem with the soft-top when I test drove one last summer. It's definitely not a wonder of engineering the way that top was designed, but I didn't find it as difficult as it's been made out to be.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That top isn't that difficult to operate, it's just butt ugly! One of the major reasons why I passed on GXP. Otherwise a fun car :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd much prefer a convertible to a targa personally. Even if it means I'd have to put more effort into operating the top then pressing a button.
      However I'm happy to know a targa may become available to make this product more appealing to a greater audience.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The top is full of wrinkles when new, right off the truck. Imagine how crummy it'll look when you make your last payment. The whole vehicle has that cheesy, GM econocar look. Not so the Miata.Your money, your choice, though I'd really like to see a Mazdaspeed turbo MX-5.
      • 6 Years Ago
      My niece just bought an orange solstice, when I drove it I was surprised at the zoom zoom. That little booger really goes, is a hell of a lot of fun to drive and turns every head on the street. I might consider buying one, maybe I will drop the change on a Targa, and put a little excitement back in my life, gosh knows I need it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Um, make it a coupe and I KNOW it will appeal to a greater audience. What gives? I know they don't think this will steal sales from the Corvette, do they? There is way too much Fisher-Price action in the interior to think something like that. Still, if they made the coupe, I'd be there. And yes, even though the Sky interior looks better, I'd still pick up the Solstice Coupe just because I said I would if they built it. If only....

      I had a '72 Opel GT one summer. It was a financial blackhole, but I miss the rear wheel drive tiny dimensions of the car. Come on GM, make a coupe!
      • 6 Years Ago
      That orange Solstice coupe concept os beautiful.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Seems like a lot of people are pining for the days of old and the Opel GT. I didn't think it resonated so much with people. You never see them come up much on the auction boards. I think only a little over 100k were produced in it's short little life (the original, anyway).

      I'd welcome a redux.

      The one I had was a '72. White with a blue stripe. The body and interior were sound, but it smelled of gas. That and the fact that it was a $$$ sucker caused it to get sold almost as quickly as I bought it.

      I miss it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "I do realize there is no convertible top. I don't know if you've actually DRIVEN the solstice or the sky, or have just seen it on the road, but there is no useable space in the trunk, top up or down."

        @ Jason. That's the point. The trunk is small becuase they have to have a place for the top to go. On a targa car the trunk would be bigger because there's no convertible top to have to make room for when its down.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I saw the Solstice wagon here in Las Vegas on Civic Center and Carey. They didn't produce that, did they? I know it was talked about some time ago.

      It was God aweful ugly!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Uh, they are priced in the low 20s.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Gimme
      • 6 Years Ago
      the solstice and its saturn cousin are the best looking american cars. they would sell a TON if it werent priced in the 30's....low 20's would be ideal.
        • 6 Years Ago
        are you being sarcastic?

        they both start in the low 20s. you can get a GXP for like 23k
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