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2008 Pontiac Solstice Convertible - Overview

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$22,455 – $31,750 MSRP

$21,220 – $30,004 Invoice

19 / 25 MPG City/Hwy

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Overall Quality 3.0

Overall Performance and Design 3.0

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2008 Pontiac Solstice Convertible

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Overview

What Changed for 2008:

  • OnStar available

  • Standard tire-pressure-monitoring system

  • Standard CD/MP3 stereo

  • Stability control optional on base model

  • XM satellite radio (3 months free)

  • Two new colors
Overview
Introduced for the 2007 model year, the Pontiac Solstice 2-door, 2-passenger roadster returns for 2008 as a carryover model but adds OnStar, a tire-pressure-monitoring system, a CD/MP3 stereo, and three months of free XM satellite radio programming. The Solstice was co-developed and shares its platform and much of its hardware with the Saturn Sky.

Model Lineup
For 2008, consumers can choose a Pontiac Solstice or Solstice GXP. Five option packages are available for Solstice, with two of them available for the more heavily-contented GXP. Standard equipment on both includes an AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback and 6 speakers; driver information center; 12-volt power outlet; bucket seats; tire-pressure-monitoring system; power remote trunk release; stainless steel exhaust; power steering; and a tire repair kit. GXP models add a performance suspension; dual high-polished stainless steel exhaust; 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS); limited-slip rear differential; 18-inch polished aluminum wheels; fog lamps; power windows and door locks; and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Options on the 2008 Pontiac Solstice include an upgraded audio system; OnStar; rear spoiler; stability control (base, standard on GXP); 5-speed automatic transmission; and 18-inch polished aluminum wheels (base).

Powertrain
The 2008 Pontiac Solstice is powered by a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine with variable valve timing (VVT) and sequential fuel injection that produces 173 hp at 5800 rpm and 167 lb.-ft. of torque at 4500 rpm. The GXP powerplant is a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, VVT, dual overhead cam, 4-cylinder aluminum engine that pumps out 260 hp at 5300 rpm and 260 lb.-ft. of torque at 2500-5250 rpm. Power gets transferred to the rear wheels by a standard 5-speed manual transmission for both models, while a 5-speed automatic transmission is optional. EPA fuel economy is estimated at 19 mpg city/24 mpg highway for the 2.4-liter engine with automatic transmission, and 19 mpg city/25 mpg highway for the manual. The 2.0-liter turbocharged engine gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway (automatic) and 19 mpg city/28 mpg highway (manual). Anti-lock brakes and stability control are standard on the GXP and optional on the base Solstice.

Safety
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Pontiac Solstice receives 4-star ratings (out of a possible 5 stars) for all occupants in frontal and front side-impact crash tests, and a 5-star NHTSA rollover test rating.

Standard safety features of the 2008 Pontiac Solstice include dual front air bags, 3-point safety belts, daytime running lamps, tire-pressure-monitoring system, theft-deterrent system, and a power remote trunk release.

Technology
Both Solstice models for 2008 come with a standard AM/FM stereo with CD player and 6-speaker system. An upgraded AM/FM stereo with 6-disc in-dash CD changer and MP3 playback and auxiliary input jack for an iPod/MP3 player is optional, as well as a Monsoon premium 7-speaker system with tweeters, rear speakers and subwoofer. XM satellite radio is free for 3 months. The Personal Audio Link (PAL) package available on both models includes full "read" functionality for iPod (sorts by category and shuffles songs/titles, navigates the audio library using the vehicle's radio controls, and charges the iPod while the vehicle is running and the device is connected).

Available Trims for the 2008 Pontiac Solstice Convertible

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Base 5 speed manual $22,455 173-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl 19/25
GXP 5 speed manual $28,135 260-hp / 2.0L 4-cyl 19/28
SCCA SSB Champion Edition 5 speed manual $28,400 173-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl 19/25
SCCS T2 Champion Edition 5 speed manual $31,750 260-hp / 2.0L 4-cyl 19/28

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  • 2008 Pontiac Solstice Convertible

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    $21,220–$30,004 Invoice

    19/25 MPG City/Hwy

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    Overall Performance and Design 3.0

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