2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP Review

2007-Pontiac-Solstice-GXP The 2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP is no ordinary Solstice – it’s packing a turbocharger under the hood, boosting power to a very respectable 260 horses.  Coupled with the Solstice GXP’s reasonable curb weight of under 3,000 lbs, this little roadster can move.  The quarter mile comes up in just 14.2 seconds – that’s real, honest-to-goodness sports car territory.

The Solstice isn’t a one trick pony either – it’s got the looks to go with the power.  Though I like the Saturn Sky better ( is there a better looking car in that price class? ), the Solstice is definitely easy on the eyes.  Handling and gas mileage ain’t half bad either.  Overall, there isn’t much negative to say about the Solstice GXP.  It takes the regular Solstice ( which is a fine car ) and gives it some serious muscle.  I’m not one to often say no to more power, and this is no exception.  If you tick all the options boxes, you’ll come out a little north of $30,000.  Considering the fun factor, that’s not too bad at all.  Nice one, Pontiac.  This is how you make a successful car – keep ’em coming.

2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP Specs
  • 260 HP 2.0 liter Turbocharged 4 cylinder engine
  • 5 speed manual or 5 speed automatic
  • RWD
  • Quarter Mile goes by in 14.2 seconds
  • Curb weight : 2976 lbs
  • EPA Says : 22 mpg city / 31 mpg highway ( manual )
2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP Reviews

TTAC reviews the 2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP and says – ‘The GXP’s engine should replace every non-V8 in The General’s stable. In the same way that Cadillac reduced the displacement of the Northstar V8 when fitting a supercharger to it for STS-V duty, Pontiac decreased the Solstice’s Ecotec I4 from 2.4 to 2.0-liters. This was largely accomplished by reducing the stroke, which allows the eager motor to rev faster. Result? A four-banger with a single turbocharger and no detectable lag. No really. None.’

Automobile Mag reviews the 2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP and writes – ‘If the standard Solstice is Pontiac’s poodle, the GXP is its whippet. Boost rises quickly just past idle, with peak torque invigorating the driveline by 2000 rpm. With the throttle floored and 18 psi of boost tickling your ribs, you need a quick hand to keep up with gear changes. The joy begins petering out by 4500 rpm, but there’s still plenty of urge up to the 6300-rpm redline. The run to 60 mph is a fleet 5.7 seconds, only a tick slower than the Ford Mustang GT, and the quarter mile clicks by in 14.2 seconds at 99 mph. Boasting a specific output exceeding that of every turbocharged engine on the market save Porsche’s new 911 and Mitsubishi’s Lancer Evolution, the GXP’s four-cylinder is the strong, silent type, thanks to its small displacement, twin balance shafts, and recycled exhaust energy.’

NYTimes reviews the 2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP and applauds the gas mileage – ‘While many cars struggle to hit their E.P.A. numbers in the real world (which is why the E.P.A. revised its measuring standard for the 2008 model year), the Solstice GXP actually delivered right in the middle of its E.P.A. numbers, returning 26 miles a gallon under enthusiastic driving. When I mellowed out, however, it blew the E.P.A. highway number out of the water, returning 41 miles a gallon over about 15 miles of mixed 60-mph cruising and stop-and-go traffic. Direct fuel injection is a boon to economy, and if you’re not indulging in the turbo, the GXP could function as a pretty thrifty commuter car.’

Driving Sports reviews the 2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP and writes – ‘The GXP comes with a turbocharged 2.0-Liter Ecotec four cylinder engine that makes 260 horsepower and 260 foot-pounds of torque. With a curb weight of 2990 pounds, that gives the Solstice GXP just the right amount of power for a small four-cylinder traditional sports car. Too much more power and the car would be all about muscle, any less and it would disappoint. The little convertible, from the MGA through the Triumph TR-4 through the Mazda Miata, should be zoomy, but not a neck-snapper. Plus, if the Solstice was any faster, it would cut into the Corvette market. ‘

Published on July 9, 2007 in Pontiac

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