Pontiac Solstice Coupe in 2009

By Brendan Moore


GM’s future product table was published by Automotive News today, and I couldn’t help but notice that Pontiac is planning on releasing a fastback coupe version of the Solstice convertible in 2009.

Good news for me as I have been waiting for the car ever since it was shown as a concept a few years ago. And GM has been denying that a closed-coupe version of the Solstice was in the works ever since. The coupe will be built on the same “Kappa” platform as the convertible, the small rear-wheel drive platform that underpins both the Pontiac Solstice and its stable mate, the Saturn Sky convertible. You have to assume that the same engine and transmission configurations will be offered, but maybe we’ll get a more powerful engine choice with the coupe, since it can handle the power a little better, but that’s just idle speculation on my part. The Kappa platform is set up to accommodate a four-cylinder like the one it has now, as well as a V6 and a small V8. I can dream, can’t I?

In terms of looks, no word on whether the planned coupe will hew to the lines of the concept (shown above) or go in a different direction. One would think the production car will resemble the concept, but it’s been so long since the concept was shown that the production car may have evolved considerably in the design studio since then.

Regardless, it’s exciting that we’re finally going to get a small affordable RWD performance car to consider again when we’re car shopping. A lot of people that would prefer RWD in their car cannot afford a RWD car like a BMW, and find a RWD car like the Chrysler 300 just too big for their needs. So, good news and the payoff is not very far away, either.

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Author: Brendan Moore

Brendan Moore is a Principal Consultant with Cedar Point Consulting , a management consulting practice based in the Washington, DC area. He also manages Autosavant Consulting, a separate practice within Cedar Point Consulting. where he advises businesses connected to the auto industry. Cedar Point Consulting can be found at http://www.cedarpointconsulting.com.

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  1. I love the way this thing looks! SIGN ME UP!!!

  2. I believe this car would get really good gas mileage, too. More to like about it.

  3. C’mon GM give us a six or an eight and we can have a modern Cobra.


  5. The Solstice Coupe won’t be showing up with a V8 now. Maybe a V6 buy even that is a long shot now.

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