Pontiac Solstice Coupe will not get a V6 or AWD

Pontiac Solstice Coupe will not get a V6 or AWD

Besides the Hyundai Genesis Coupe, the Pontiac Solstice Coupe was the other car that turned heads at the 2008 New York Auto Show. The engine choices are the same as the convertible including a base 2.4L Ecotec 4-cylinder engine producing 173hp and a GXP version powered by a 2.0L turbocharged Ecotec that produces 260hp.

You would think Pontiac would want to offer more choices in such popular vehicle but it doesn’t. “There are no plans for a V6 engine in the lineup for the upcoming Pontiac Solstice coupe,” confirmed Jose Gonzalez, the creative lead designer of the car.

In a recent online chat on GMnext during the 2008 New York Auto Show Gonzalez was asked if “GM plans to offer more engine choices than what is currently available with the coupe. Gonzalez confirmed that there will be “no V6 in the lineup. No other engines in the lineup.”

Gonzalez was also asked whether GM has any plans to offer an AWD version of the car. To which he answered: “I don’t think you’re going to see the Solstice in an AWD application” because of concerns that it would be “adding a lot of weight.”

The Solstice Coupe will arrive in dealerships in early 2009.

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Source: InsideLine

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