From its humble beginning as horse-drawn carriage manufacturer, Pontiac has evolved into one of the rated car manufacturers under the General Motors. Founded by Edward M. Murphy, Pontiac strives to perfect their cars to meet the high demands of car enthusiast. And one of the products of this goal is the Pontiac Solstice.
The Pontiac Solstice was first seen as a concept car at the 2002 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. It immediately gained attention and after three short years, the Solstice hit the road with the thrilling open-air driving experience. Upon its release, it is said that the Pontiac Solstice will compete and beat the best selling sports car, the Mazda Miata and the highly regarded Honda S2000.
Riding on a GM's new Kappa architecture, this roadster retains the original Solstice concept, including rear-wheel drive, two-passenger seating and a reverse hinged clamshell hood. It is powered by a double overhead cam variable-valve 4-liter DOHC Ecotec four-cylinder engine that makes 170 horsepower and 170 lb-ft. of torque. It has a five-speed manual transmission and special feature close to a 50/50 front-rear weight distribution.
The Solstice simply overpowers the Mazda Miata by 28 horsepower. Aside from this, the Solstice rides on a wheelbase 6 inches longer than the Miata but its length is less than 2 inches greater. It is 5 inches shorter the S2000 but its wheelbase is almost an inch longer. It is 400 pounds heavier than the Miata, relatively close to the S2000. The S2000 has a torque of 161 pounds-feet while the Solstice has 170 pounds-feet.
This Pontiac features independent SLA designs with forged aluminum upper and lower control arms in its independent front and rear suspensions, which contribute to responsive handling. A monotube shock absorbers and coil springs add to uncompromised handling response and sporty driving characteristics while the wheels-at-the-corners wide stance improves handling. It comes with standard eighteen-inch wheels and tires and four-wheel disc brakes.
The best thing about the Pontiac Solstice is the freedom to totally experience the ride. As a roadster, the Solstice brings the driver and its passenger to the edge of their seats as it traverses to curves and open highway effortlessly. The 2006 Pontiac Solstice is the real sports car at a very affordable price of just $19,420. To sum it up all, the Pontiac Solstice is fun, fast, responsive, comfortable, and very affordable.