$21,515 – $26,515 MSRP
$20,332 – $25,057 Invoice
20 / 28 MPG City/Hwy
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A new GXP model with a 260-hp turbocharged engine and StabiliTrak electronic stability control joins the Soltice lineup for 2007. Both versions of the Solstice-base and GXP-get an electric seat-height adjuster and a new paint color, which Pontiac calls "Mean."
The Solstice, Pontiac's first-ever roadster and the division's first two-seater since the Fiero, made its debut in 2006. The rear-wheel-drive Soltice is mechanically similar to the Saturn Sky, but GM differentiated the two cars with radically different styling. Despite the manual top (putting the roof down on the Solstice requires getting out of the car) the Solstice was an instant success, out-selling the established and popular Mazda MX-5 Miata in calendar year 2006.
For 2007, Pontiac has turned things up a notch with the GXP. The base model Solstice is powered by a 177-hp 2.4-liter version of GM's Ecotec 4-cylinder engine, while the GXP offers a 260-hp 2.0-liter engine that features a turbocharger, variable valve timing, and GM's first direct fuel-injection system. The benefits of direct fuel injection include improved engine response and fuel economy; despite having significantly more power, the turbo engine's EPA combined fuel economy estimates are identical to the non-turbo version when equipped with the 5-speed automatic transmission, and 1 mpg higher with the 5-speed manual. Other GXP features include StabiliTrak electronic stability control, more aggressive tuning for the 4-wheel independent suspension, high-performance Goodyear Eagle F1 tires, unique exterior trim, and specially embroidered seats.
The Solstice uses adjectives that describe personality traits in place of color names: black is called "Mysterious," green is "Envy," and white is "Pure." New this year is "Mean," which, as you may have guessed, is yellow. And for 2007, General Motors has enhanced the warranty it offers on the Solstice, supplementing the standard 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper coverage with 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain protection and roadside assistance.
The Pontiac Solstice competes in the Compact Sporty segment, which consists of 10 models. Buyers in this segment look for exterior styling, fuel economy, and performance, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Scion tC (79,125), Subaru Impreza (41,148), and Mitsubishi Lancer (23,167). The Pontiac Solstice sold 19,710 units in 2006, an increase of 262 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Compact Sporty segment include the Hyundai Tiburon, Mazda MX-5 Miata, Saturn Sky, Volkswagen Eos, and Subaru Outback Sport.
|Base||5 speed manual||$21,515||177-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl||20/28|
|GXP||5 speed manual||$26,515||260-hp / 2.0L 4-cyl||22/31|