Tucking a turbo beneath the Solstice hood supplies performance to match the roadster's richly-curved, assertively-shaped skin, while weight distribution near 50/50 contributes to the GXP's balanced sports-car handling. Clever design provides a hidden compartment for the convertible top, though it steals trunk space and raising or lowering the roof isn't a simple task.
Pontiac has a long history of sporty machines, including the Firebird and Trans Am. Yet, other than the Fiero, that history has lacked two-seaters. That gap was filled by the launch of the rear-wheel-drive Solstice roadster, which was followed by the Solstice GXP, with 260 turbocharged horsepower from its direct-injection four-cylinder engine. For 2009, customers may have to wave extra dollars at dealers in an attempt to grab the newest addition to the Solstice lineup: The Solstice GXP hardtop coupe.