Pontiac Solstice (2006)
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|Warranty:||Vehicle has an existing warranty||Model:||Solstice|
|Vehicle Title:||Clear||Drive Type:||RWD|
|Options:||CD Player||Safety Features:||Anti-Lock Brakes, Driver Airbag, Passenger Airbag|
|Exterior Color:||Blue||Power Options:||Air Conditioning|
|Interior Color:||Black||Fuel Type:||Gasoline|
|Number of Cylinders:||4||For Sale By:||Private Seller|
Miami, Florida, United States
Pontiac"s slogan had been "We Build Excitement" has always been there trademark and, had it not been for the Great Recession that led to the demise of that once-revered division of GM, Pontiac could very justifiably hold up the Solstice as irrefutable proof that they, in fact, did just that.
Introduced to a zealous response, the 2006 Solstice nabbed both North American Car of the Year and Automotive Design of the Year honors, and made such an impact on its segment that competitor Mazda almost immediately identified Europe as its most promising future target market for its competing MX-5. This 2006 Pontiac Solstice, represents your chance to pick up the object of all that excitement at a good price and with years and years of service still ahead and a future collectible car.
Decked out in a rare metallic dark blue that accentuates the curvature of its design the Solstice caused an instant stir . . and it"s easy to see why. Designer Franz von Holzhausen (now chief designer at Tesla) already had some serious design credits to his name and certainly showed his artistry this time around. Sitting low to the ground with an aggressive, wide track, this is a car that looks like it would handle like a dream and it delivers on that account, consistently logging skidpad numbers in excess of .90g when it rolled out to the public. The front end, with its distinctive vented fronted bumper area and elongated headlights, has a decidedly European flair to it - not surprising, considering its creator - and the back, gracefully rising above the cockpit as it does, gives the Solstice a slightly inclined look, as if coiled to strike. Its manual convertible top remains in good shape, still fitting snugly against the windshield where it"s positioned flush enough to minimize wind noise.
Inspired design doesn"t end at the exterior.The bucket seats straddling the transmission tunnel have plenty of bolster to keep occupants in place and their high backs provide a fine mixture of comfort and support. The instrument panel is particularly well-designed, an asset that caught the attention of Car and Driver when they first reviewed the Solstice in 2006. The white-faced gauges just beyond the wheel are well-placed and easy to read and all features are within very easy reach. One of the weapons this convertible had in its arsenal when competing with the popular Mazda/MX-5 was its superior interior width and you can see right away that, despite this being a relatively compact car, there"s a respectable amount of shoulder room for driver and passenger. It"s also well-equipped, with an A/C system in optimal form, cruise control, an AM/FM/CD stereo system and power windows. Safety features have been looked after, as well, as it comes with both driver and passenger airbags.
Under that sloping, European-inspired hood sits a 2.4ltr inline 4-cylinder engine paired with a 5 speed manual transmission. Equipped with Multi-Point Fuel injection, the powerplant is a great match for this relatively lightweight vehicle, capable of propelling the Solstice to a 7 second 0-60 time. It"s a sports car that actually delivers on driving expectations, with very exact power steering, a short throw shifter that"s combined with a light clutch, and 4 wheel power brakes that are capable of stopping the car so quickly (60-0 in just 115 feet) that, according to Car and Driver, the experience elicited "flop sweat" when they tested it. The Pontiac Solstice is the 21st Century version of the 60"s Shelby Cobra. .only more reasonably price for the moment because it will be a collectors car in the near future, and unlike the 60s Cobra it has all the modern conveniences you can expect. Good Luck bidding for her. .