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2009 Pontiac Solstice Coupe Preview

1/1/2009
Critical Knowledge:
  • New Solstice Coupe, Solstice GXP Coupe models

  • Inspired by 2002 Solstice Coupe concept

  • New roof and taillight assemblies

  • Minimal structural changes from Solstice convertible

  • Removable roof panel, optional soft roof cover stores in cargo area

  • Home roof panel storage case available through GM Accessories

  • 173-hp, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine (Coupe)

  • 260-hp, 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine (GXP Coupe)

  • Standard anti-lock braking system (ABS) and electronic stability control

  • Standard 18-inch wheels

  • Sales to start in early 2009
Introduction
The 2009 2-passenger, front-engine, rear-wheel-drive PontiacSolstice Coupe and GXP Coupe build upon the success of the Solstice convertible, offering consumers the open-air driving experience with a removable roof panel. Inspired by the 2002 Solstice concept Coupe, the 2009 Solstice Coupe and Solstice GXP Coupe have only minimal structural changes from the convertible model. These include a new, strengthened roof, lightweight magnesium panel frame, new taillight assemblies, and the area behind the seats redesigned for easy cargo access. Solstice Coupe models are expected to be in dealerships in early 2009.
Model Lineup
The 2009 Pontiac Solstice Coupe and Solstice GXP Coupe will be produced in addition to the current Solstice roadster model. Only minimal structural changes were made from the convertible to accommodate the coupe design, GM says. These include a new roof, strengthened with additional support elements, like an aluminum roof bow attached with aluminum brackets; lightweight sheet molding compound cover secured to a rigid aluminum frame; lightweight magnesium roof panel frame weighing 31 pounds and easily removed by one person; and a cover made of sheet molding compound. New taillight assemblies contribute to a smoother flowing look into the tapered roofline, the automaker says. The area behind the seats was also redesigned for easy access to the new, flat cargo floor area. The cargo area features covered bins for secure storage of small items, with cargo tie-down hooks for irregularly-shaped items.

A complete list of standard and optional equipment has not yet been released, but will include standard 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS and electronic stability control, and standard 18-inch, 5-spoke painted alloy wheels or optional 18-inch, 5-spoke chromed aluminum and polished aluminum alloy wheels (Coupe), with 18-inch 5-spoke polished aluminum alloy or chromed aluminum on GXP. The base Coupe model will be equipped with standard all-season tires, while the GXP Coupe model will have high-performance tires.

Hardware
Power for the 2009 Pontiac Solstice Coupe comes from a 2.4-liter, dual overhead cam (DOHC), inline 4-cylinder engine with variable valve timing (VVT), generating 173 hp at 3800 rpm and 167 lb.-ft. of torque at 4500 rpm. The Coupe engine will be mated to a standard 5-speed manual transmission, with 4-speed automatic transmission as an option. In the GXP Coupe, a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, direct-injection, DOHC, inline 4-cylinder engine with VVT delivers 260 hp at 5300 rpm and 260 lb.-ft. of torque at 2500-5250 rpm. Solstice GXP Coupe will carry a standard 5-speed automatic transmission, with manual transmission optional.

EPA estimated fuel economy is 29 mpg city/25 mpg highway (Coupe, manual transmission) and 19 mpg city/24 mpg highway (Coupe, automatic transmission). In the GXP Coupe, the EPA-estimated fuel economy numbers are 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway (automatic transmission) and 19 mpg city/28 mpg highway (manual transmission).

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