Inspired by Solstice Hardtop concept wowed the crowds at the 2002 Detroit auto show and foreshadowed the Roadster’s arrival, the Solstice Coupe should arrive at dealers in early 2009.
With the Solstice designed as a convertible from scratch, but only minor changes were made to the chassis to convert it to a fixed roof coupe. There is a minimal weight increase to the tune of just 31 pounds, equivalent to the weight of the removable, Targa-style magnesium roof panel. A soft roof cover and home storage case for the panel will be opportunities.
The roof brackets and other mounting point bits for the roof is made of aluminum, the extra weight, along with all the extra sheet metal needed coupe, is counterbalanced by the weight savings resulting from elimination of the convertible-top mechanism. ducktail spoiler and new taillight assemblies
Other Coupe-specific touches include a ducktail rear spoiler and new rear taillight assembly. Pontiac says the vehicle’s dynamic properties and other factors such as fuel economy should be almost the same as the Roadster.
While they were at it, the designers reworked the space behind the seats, adding a storage tray behind the headrests contract and a pass-through to the trunk. Removal of the top mechanism adds 0.2 cubic feet of cargo space by switching to a flat floor and the possibility of adding more storage compartments and cargo tie-down hooks. Getting suitcase is easier, thanks to the large lift back glass.
The Solstice Coupe employs the same powertrain options as its drop-top sibling, the 2.4-liter Ecotec with 173 horses with a five-speed manual, or 260 horse, 2.0-liter turbo-charged Ecotec unit that powers the Solstice GXP, paired with a five speed automatic.
Pontiac is silent on pricing, but it should not be significantly different from the Roadster. While it is uncertain what impact the Coupe will have on Solstice sales, it’s a safe bet to say that it would be a positive – especially for those who have balked at the Solstice Roadster’s balky top.