For our Autotrader find today we have a very gently-used 2009 Pontiac Solstice GXP Coupe. Let’s unpack.
In the mid-2000s, GM rolled out its ‘Kappa’ platform, which was intended for sporty, subcompact, rear-wheel drive vehicles; better known as roadsters. Two mass-production vehicles would ultimately be built on this platform, the Pontiac Solstice, which came out for the 2006 model year, and the Saturn Sky, which debuted for 2007. Abroad, the Sky was also sold as the Opel GT and Daewoo G2X. A third vehicle, offered by bespoke Spanish manufacturer Tauro Sport Auto and dubbed the Tauro V8 rides on the platform as well, and is still built to this day apparently. We’ll focus on the Solstice and Sky here, but the Tauro V8 is worth a quick Google – I didn’t even know it existed! Worth noting, a number of GM concept vehicles utilized the platform as well; the Chevrolet Nomad shooting brake, the Saturn Curve, and Saab Sonnet. None came to fruition as actual vehicles, though you could argue that Saturn’s Curve ultimately led to the production Sky.
Clearly, GM had big plans for its Kappa platform, but things never quite panned out, in large part due to the economic recession that hit in 2009.
This Pontiac Solstice is located in South Jordan, UT, just south of Salt Lake City. It’s desirable for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it’s a performance-oriented GXP model. Under the hood is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 260 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, though the seller notes that an aftermarket exhaust gives this one some additional grunt. The GXP was available with either a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission; unfortunately, this one comes with the automatic. What’s really notable here is that this is a Solstice Coupe, production versions of which were only built for the 2009 model year, and in extremely small numbers, as GM would shut down its Wilmington assembly plant shortly after the Solstice Coupe went into production. According to the online Solstice forum, a total of just 1,152 Solstice Coupes were built for public consumption, compared to over 64,000 convertibles. The Coupe had a fixed roof with a removable panel over the driver’s seats. Two versions of the panel were available; a metal one that couldn’t be stored in the cargo area, and a fabric version that could. The Solstice for sale here comes with both tops. The kicker is that while it’s got the wrong transmission, this particular Solstice GXP Coupe comes with just over 10,000 miles on the odometer, meaning that it’s likely one of the lowest-mileage Solstice Coupes to exist outside of a museum. It sure is priced like a museum piece; the seller is asking $25,900. Find a Pontiac Solstice for sale