2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP Review

2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP The 2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP is the souped of version of Pontiacs Miata killer – the Solstice. Instead of the 2.4 liter 4 banger, the GXP packs a smaller, 2.0 liter 4-pot, but this time, it has a turbo slapped on. That means the GXP is good for 260 horses – pretty decent considering the 2976 lb curb weight. No, the Solstice GXP won’t go around spanking Corvettes, but it’ll hold it’s own while looking dang sexy.
Base price is about $27,000, but that’s before some fairly important options like air conditioning. On a side note, how in the heck is air conditioning an OPTION on a nearly $30,000 vehicle? I mean really folks? Anyway, with the needed options, the Solstice GXP is likely to come in right around $30k – and it’s the best looking Pontiac in years. And in GXP guise, it’s got the cajones to back up the looks – not a bad package all in all.

2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP Specs
  • Turbocharged and intercooled 2.0 liter 4 cylinder engine
  • 260 HP, 260 ft-lbs of torque
  • Power goes to the right wheels ( RWD )
  • 5 speed manual transmission, with 5 speed auto available
  • EPA Says: 20 MPG city, 27 MPG highway
2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP Reviews

Automobile Mag reviews the 2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP and writes – ‘Lively road manners are a pleasant surprise. Compared with the heavy and lethargic tenor of the regular Solstice, the GXP feels alert and anxious to please with firm, responsive steering and tenacious grip. Lessons learned tuning this car on the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife sing through the chassis and controls loud and clear. Body motion is promptly snubbed, the suspension steps resiliently over bumps, and rapid-fire control orders are executed without complaint.’

Autobytel reviews the 2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP and writes – ‘Slapping a turbo on the Pontiac Solstice is a guaranteed way to improve its fun factor, but isn’t enough to make you forget the roadster’s shortcomings. There’s still a cheap feel to the poorly designed interior, a clunky driveline we were told would be fixed with the addition of a torque tube, and a grabby clutch that usually resulted in tire chirp when leaving stoplights. The GXP is also shod with tires that scream for mercy at the slightest turn. On the upside, the GXP version of the Solstice is a blast to drive with quick response to both throttle and steering input and brakes that give good feedback. ‘

Forbes reviews the 2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP and writes – ‘The interior looks clean and uncluttered with its airplane-cockpit-style wraparound instrument panel and stubby shifter on the high center console. But there is much not to like inside the Solstice: There’s hardly any storage space, the materials feel and look cheap and it’s noisy and pretty cramped for occupants six feet and taller. The low roofline also significantly impairs visibility out the side windows when the top is up, creates large blind spots and hampers ingress and egress. Interestingly, pedals are placed specifically for the type of heel-and-toe driving enthusiasts pride themselves on mastering.’

Autosite reviews the 2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP and writes – ‘A hard jump on the alloy gas pedal elicits lag in the lower rpms, making for a slow start in first gear as the dual-scroll turbocharger spools. After that, there’s a quick but moderated release of power all the way up to about red line, which pegs at about 6,600 rpm. Boost peaks at 20 psi for short bursts, and can be sustained at 18 psi. The engine pulls very well through the rev range, and the 260 lb.-ft. of torque is usually enough to nullify the need to downshift, though a click to fourth starts to look good when things bog down at 50 mph in fifth gear. It seems the GXP is better suited to well-timed shifts rather than just leaving the tranny in second or third gear and wringing ‘er out. Thankfully, the five-cog box features short throws that make for quick gear changes and solid chirps of rear rubber, especially fun when dumping the easy-effort clutch for a click into second.’

Car and Driver reviews the 2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP and writes – ‘Thankfully, the GXP hasn’t given up any of the Solstice’s excellent cruising traits. It tracks exceptionally straight on the highway, the seats are comfortable, and it’s reasonably quiet and has an agreeable ride — no combination of bumps seems to upset the chassis or even cause a noticeable tremor. Headroom can be tight for people much over six feet, but legroom is ample as long as you don’t mind sitting upright. And the added horsepower makes the GXP much more usable in fifth gear, now able to accelerate from 30 to 50 mph in 10.4 seconds and from 50 to 70 in 7.9 (quicker by 3.1 and 5.6 seconds). Here’s a surprise: EPA fuel economy increases from 20 city and 28 highway to 22 and 31. We averaged 26 mpg at 80-mph highway speeds, but 18 overall.’

The Truth about Cars reviews the 2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP and writes – ‘Here’s the truth. At or below 8/10ths, few cars are as entertaining to fling around bent backroads as the Solstice GXP. Turn in: sharp. Chassis: flat. Attitude: neutral. Brakes: faultless. Push a little harder and the car utterly fails. The steering goes from vague to dangerous. The suspension moans and stops thinking straight. The transmission backfires. You are suddenly overcome by the sensation that you are a driving a mutant machine made of cast-off pieces from other vehicles. Which, of course, you are. How can Pontiac get so much right (looks, engine) and, at the same time, get so much wrong (everything else)?’

Published on March 4, 2007 in Pontiac

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