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Yes, There’s a Pontiac Solstice Coupe

As you know if you’re a car enthusiast who was alive at the end of the 2000s, Pontiac once made a vehicle called the Solstice. It was an eye-catching convertible with rear-wheel drive, two seats and an available 260-horsepower turbocharged version called the GXP. It was cool. A lot of them were yellow.

Something else you probably know if you’re a car enthusiast who was alive at the end of the 2000s: The Solstice came at the very end of the Pontiac brand, a sort of bold, exciting, sporty last hurrah before the entire company was canceled in a giant display of fireworks, explosions and excitement — or possibly a few lines on a bankruptcy document. See the Pontiac Solstice models for sale near you

Well, here’s something you may not have known if you’re a car enthusiast who was alive at the end of the 2000s: Right before Pontiac was stricken from our lives, they made a coupe version of the Pontiac Solstice. Admittedly, it was more of a targa version, since it had a removable roof. But it’s out there, and it exists, albeit in incredibly small numbers — precisely 1,266 different Solstice Coupe models were manufactured. All of these were 2009 models (except a handful of 2010s), and the Solstice Coupe ended up accounting for a mere 1.9 percent of all Solstice production, which totaled roughly 66,000 units.

While the Solstice was already a cool vehicle, the Solstice Coupe, I would argue, is mondo cool. It’s the very last model from a once beloved company and an ultra-rare look at what could have been. Or maybe it was just General Motors trying to eek out a few extra sales from an existing design.

Either way, the Solstice Coupe was offered with the regular engine (a 175-hp 2.4-liter 4-cylinder) or the high-performance GXP engine (a 260-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder). Surprisingly, there are currently a few for sale on Autotrader — though they all have high asking prices, in the $30,000 range, owing to their immense rarity relative to the standard Solstice. Find a Pontiac Solstice for sale

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More

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13 COMMENTS

  1. I never understood why this car was classified as a coupe, where the Lotus Elise was classified as a convertible.

    They have the exact same roof configuration, a removable targa style hardtop that does not fit in the car and a cloth top for emergency use when you cant bring the hardtop.

    • Probably because it’s a coupe compared to the already-existing convertible. Lotus looked at the Elise the other way… it was a convertible compared to the already-existing coupe.

  2. Definitely a beautiful car, and it’s cool to see how collectible they are, but I think the Saturn Sky is a better value for the same car. And who doesn’t want a car called Sky?

    • What do you mean by better value? The Solstice and Sky are essentially identical except for body panels and interior trim. It ultimately comes down to which look you prefer.

      While I prefer the classic, round lines on the Solstice myself, I understand the appeal of the aggressive lines on the Sky. What I don’t understand is why they had to make the interior and lighting choices on the Sky so gaudy.

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