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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