While it may have had its fans, we have to say we don't much miss the roadster family which General Motors based on its Kappa platform. Sold alternately as the Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Sky, Opel GT and Daewoo G2X (depending largely on the market), the roadster as much about style as substance, and it was summarily discontinued in 2009 as GM's domestic brands faltered. But now a company in Spain has given the two-seat roadster a new lease on life.

That company is called Tauro Sport Auto, and its version – called, simply enough, the V8 Spider – is a fairly comprehensive rework. As you might have discerned from the name, it replaces the four-cylinder engine with a V8 also from the GM parts bin: the 6.2-liter LS3 Corvette engine, which it offers in 440, 480 and bonkers 650 horsepower states of tune with the addition of new cylinder heads and a supercharger.

How the chassis is able to handle that much power is another matter, but the interior unfortunately appears to carry over largely unchanged from the Pontiac. Pricing, though, starts at a very un-Solstice-like €100,000, or about $125k at today's rates. Which strikes us as about right for a Latin-flavored eight-cylinder roadster, but a tad much for a Kappa convertible.


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      doejoe7hiya
      • 2 Years Ago
      The front reminds me of the new Jaguar...
        Dmitry Sychev
        • 2 Years Ago
        @doejoe7hiya
        I swear, I though "oh wow, jag is showing us the f-type production car!"
      mkenjalo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does anybody recognize those headlights from somewhere?
      TJ
      • 2 Years Ago
      so normally I find rebodies jobs like this to be rather grotesque looking, but damned if this isnt really attractive looking. GM should take note.
      Awhattup
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now that looks pretty good! and the numbers too!..... oh damn 125k!!!!?!?!? no thanks.. but I still like the idea though (besides the pricing)
      Matt Farah
      • 2 Years Ago
      It seems like every week Autoblog gets later and later to the party. A V8 in a Solstice? Really? How novel. Chuck Mallett was swapping LS engines into these things back in 2006, and even sold a supercharged LS7 version with 980 horsepower. You guys really need to step up your game and stop reporting on this crap like it's news; it isn't.
        Camaroman101
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Matt Farah
        pretty sure autoblog reported on that too, but this company is new so they are reporting about this as well. how are they late to the party? are they reporting about chuck mallets swaps now? no this company and info are new news.
        ryanandrewmartin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Matt Farah
        Isn't a mere swap and Autoblog isn't a news outlet. Sounds like you need to get your expectations in check.
        Zeus
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Matt Farah
        If you think that qualifies you Matt, go down to California Speedway and compete in a Solo 2 Autocross. Ask to compete against Tom Berry while you're there. When you can come within a tenth or so of a multi time national champion you have merit. Saying you're the fastest among a group of journalists is like saying you're the best sharp shooter among the blind. Theres an ocean out there, being the fastest in the pond is nothing to brag about.
          Matt Farah
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Zeus
          Look man, lets back up a minute. You were somehow insulted by a comment I made on a post on Autoblog, criticizing them for posting something that I considered non-news. I made said comment because the story is about a car that is no longer in production, and has been modified in basically the exact same way many times before, and much less tastefully. I'm not sure exactly why, but you seemed to take that comment personally. You chose to base your argument on the fact that, according to you, I'm not a good driver, to which I countered that my lap times show that I'm actually a much better driver than my peers (which are journalists and on-camera personalities, not professional racing drivers or dedicated autocrossers). I'm more than willing to admit that there are many, many people who will beat me around a race track or autocross course, especially multi-time champions such as Tom Berry, Mary Pozzi, Danny Popp, and Andy Hollis. These people race every weekend they can, compete at every opportunity, and do very well at it. I don't. I have raced in a competitive environment only at manufacturer press launches, and on the 2012 One Lap of America race. I generally don't drive for time, ever. On the other hand, said autocross champions also have properly set-up vehicles, and I'd be more than interested to see how any of these drivers do compared to myself given an identical car on an identical track. Again, not saying I'm better than any of them, but I'd be open to any kind of challenge against them in the same car. You accused me of being a bad driver, or more specifically, saying, "[I] could really step up my game behind the wheel of a sports car." To which I will say that, compared to my peers and the general population, I'm more than competent behind the wheel of a sports car. Sure, being the best journalist is like winning the gold medal at the Special Olympics, but realize that you're defending Autoblog as a publication, and the representative sent by Autoblog to this specific autocross event was significantly slower than me around the same course. If you think I'm a dick for making that comment, fine. If you no longer wish to read the things I post on my site, or watch my videos, fine. If you think the Drive shows are boring, fine. Frankly, I don't care if I lose one viewer. But lets both be real people here, not internet tough guys. It's extremely rare that I ever brag about how fast I can drive, because most people who brag, honestly, can't drive. I'll leave with this: I'm a student of driving. I love it, I live it, and I learn every chance I get. I'm not the best driver in the world, but I'm far from the worst. The Stig exists because most racing drivers are terrible on camera. I'm good on camera. That's my skill. I drive within my limits, especially because most of the cars I drive are borrowed and if I break them, I can't afford to fix them. So I'm sorry if I offended you, but let's just let this one go.
      Cruising
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sigh, this story just reminds me of how Pontiac was on slow rebirth of becoming a enthusiast brand again until she perished.
      diffrunt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is the trunk still full of gas tank?
      Phoneboy101
      • 2 Years Ago
      How could you say you don't miss these Kappas? The Solstice was easily the best looking car design of the last decade. Sure, that's a subjective statement, but I stand by it. The Sky was nice, but its sharp edges and fussy details made a much less timeless design. I just bought one for $8K, fixed it up and painted it, and I LOVE it. Sure, build quality is bad, but looks and handling are amazing.
        TheLeadFoot
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Phoneboy101
        Last decade?! Wow. I think that distinction would go to something like the Audi A5 or R8...
      Silly Pickle
      • 2 Years Ago
      There's an LS2 conversion 60 miles from here for $24,000 OBO Cdn monies (with an automatic too, apparently a lot harder to do)...I know I've seen at least 2 others at the World of Wheels years ago..........these Spanish guys, they are nuts! $100g my hiney. Oh wait...it has a new nose. Ok, that's worth another $75g right there.
        Silly Pickle
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Silly Pickle
        Ok, how the hell do you downvote me on this? Spanish aren't nuts? Then why do they have them at Dairy Queen to put on my sundae? Don't believe there's a Solstice with a V8 for sale locally? What? I don't get some of you idiots on here anymore...yet I take offense to a downvote on something that has no need for your input whatsoever. If Dan Frederickson were here bitching about it not having an electric motor, by all means downvote him 'til his head hurts. My comment was benign, unlike the tumors in your heads.
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm 99.99% sure that Lingenfelter and a bunch of other GM tuners did this when the Solstice first came out. The 'Spanish flavor' makes it semi-unique, but the powertrain swap has already been done.
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Solstice/Sky getting a V8 conversion was going on like 2 months after those cars got released. I don't really see the point on reporting on this "news". So not only is this old news, but the exterior changes are a big step in the wrong direction. If you are going to drop $125k on a V8 Solstice, why not just, oh, I don't know, get a Corvette ZR1 instead and still pocket about $20k?!?
        ryanandrewmartin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Isn't just a swap. It doesn't look much like either the Solstice or the Sky. That price tag is absurd though.
      atc98092
      • 2 Years Ago
      I had a Solstice as a rental once. What a terrible interior layout and uncomfortable car. The same rental co gave me a Mirage Spider on another trip, and while it still wasn't my cup of tea it was vastly superior to the Pontiac. It does look like they moved the window buttons further towards the front. In the Pontiac they were under my elbow!
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