Pontiac Solstice GXP Coupe

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Post by wspohn » Sat Aug 01, 2020 10:59 pm

Those in the UK may well have not heard of this model - they only made 1280 before GM pulled the plug on Pontiac, of which less than 300 were the GXP (2.0 turbo engine) with manual transmission.

They combined a very capable chassis with a direct injection 4 cylinder engine. It is dead easy to get the power output to around 200 bhp/liter (I'm running a conservative 375 bhp/375 Tq) with excellent mileage. My car will get into the 12 second range in the 1/4 mile while still getting 30 mpg when not under boost. It makes an interesting contrast to my Z4M coupe.


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Post by sw4nny » Sun Aug 02, 2020 1:47 am

Very nice, looks very much like an Alfa front view :thumbsup:

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Post by wspohn » Sun Aug 02, 2020 1:49 am

It does, doesn't it? Had never noticed that before.
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2009 Solstice GXP coupe
1962 MGA Coupe
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1958 MGA Twin Cam race car
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Post by sw4nny » Sun Aug 02, 2020 2:03 am

Its a very good looking motor,nearly as nice as its friend.
375 bhp must go pretty nicely too :D

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Post by wspohn » Sun Aug 02, 2020 2:17 am

It is now significantly quicker than the Z4M, and lighter, but it will never sound half as good as the S54 motor (especially with the RPI rear boxes I have on the Z4).
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2009 Solstice GXP coupe
1962 MGA Coupe
1956 MGA (rebody+re-engined)
1958 MGA Twin Cam race car
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Post by sw4nny » Sun Aug 02, 2020 2:24 am

Sometimes its more about the emotion of how they sound and feel than it is about the quarter mile :thumbsup:

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Post by ben g » Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:07 am

Someone in my work had one of these. Always wondered what it was, as I only ever saw it driving past me and never saw the badge.

Interesting looking car. Something different from the usual stuff :thumbsup:
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Post by z4man2020 » Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:24 am

Nice looking car has to be said and would love to have a go in one!

Still can't beat the Germans though in my opinion :wink: :driving:
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Post by Mr Tidy » Sun Aug 02, 2020 9:50 pm

I really like it, and that's some impressive performance. :thumbsup:

I imagine it's a bit cheaper to run than an MC as well, but I'd still rather have an MC!
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Post by wspohn » Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:01 pm

The Solstice can attain 30 mpg when cruising. We needn't talk about what the mileage figures for the MC are! The only things I've owned that sucked more gas were either V8 powered with large carbs, or my old Lambo with six Webers (which was the best sounding car I think I have ever owned!) And I opted to owned bot the MC and Solstice as they both attracted me for different reasons. I love high revving naturally aspired engines (I raced an MGA Twin Cam for years) but also enjoy the almost instant torque of a turboed engine.
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2009 Solstice GXP coupe
1962 MGA Coupe
1956 MGA (rebody+re-engined)
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Post by buzyg » Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:07 pm

Quirky. In a good way. :thumbsup:
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