Pontiac launched the Solstice Roadster in mid-2005 for the 2006 model year. Unlike the company’s stillborn Fiero from the mid-80s, Pontiac designed the Solstice as a true sports car designed to compete against Mazda’s Miata. One year after launch, Pontiac launched a GXP version of the roadster. This high-performance version utilized a new 2.0 Liter Ecotec Inline four-cylinder equipped with a dual-scroll turbocharger and direct fuel injection (the first time an American automaker offered this technology. This innovative engine produced a whopping 260 hp and 260 ft-lbs of torque. In other terms, the engine developed 2.1 horsepower per cubic inch, making it the highest specific output per cubic inch engine in the history of GM. With this engine in stock tune, the GXP accelerates from 0-60mph in 5.5 seconds.
As pretty as the Solstice Roadster is, Pontiac outdid themselves when they unveiled a coupe version of the Solstice for the 2009 model year. Equipped with a removable Targa top similar to the Corvette’s and a flat glass hatch, the Solstice coupe provides a bit more room than its roadster sibling. While the hard Targa panel could not be stowed in the car, Pontiac offered an optional cloth top that could be stowed on board.
Sadly, just as Pontiac seemed to be on a roll with the Solstice and G8 performance cars, the 2008 financial crisis hit GM extremely hard, eventually forcing the company to shut down its Pontiac and Saturn brands as part of its restructuring plan funded by the U.S. Federal government. The last full production year for Pontiac was 2009, making the Solstice coupe a very rare car with only 1,152 produced.
This 25.2K mile, Cool Silver over Black example presents like a brand new car. While this example came equipped with the less desirable automatic, given its rarity, we’ll take it. Unfortunately, the only information the seller provides is basically a download from the brand’s Wikipedia page, so you’ll need to contact him directly to learn more details. That said, if the Carfax checks out, chances are pretty good you’ve found a nice unicorn to have fun with.