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Pontiac Ups the Ante with the Turbocharged 2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP Review

September 2006
Filed under: PONTIAC Car News | PONTIAC Headlines
Oshawa, Ontario (September 13, 2006) – General Motors of Canada today announced pricing for the new 2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP, which goes on sale at Pontiac dealers this month. With a starting MSRP of just $34,910, the turbocharged GXP roadster takes the style and performance of the award-winning Pontiac Solstice to entirely new levels.

2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP

The 2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP is powered by a sophisticated Ecotec 2.0-liter turbo direct-injection engine. It features variable valve timing and cam phasers on both the intake and exhaust camshafts to provide a wide range of valve timing in both the low and high rpm ranges. It also benefits from a unique, dual-scroll turbocharger which enables high boost levels and reduced turbo lag.

The direct-injection technology provides tremendous power without sacrificing the fuel economy of a small displacement port-injected engine. The engine produces 260 horsepower* (194 kW) at 5300 rpm and 260 lb.-ft. (353 Nm) from a low 2500 rpm all the way up to 5300 rpm*. It is GM’s highest specific output engine ever at 130 hp / 97 kW per liter (2.1 hp per cubic inch of displacement). The result is acceleration from 0-100km/h in approximately 5.7 seconds.

2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP

The 2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP uses independent short/long arm-type suspensions at the front and rear to give it a responsive, road-gripping driving feel. The GXP’s handling characteristics have been further enhanced with torque-sensing limited-slip differential, StabiliTrak electronic stability control, performance-tuned suspension with coil-over Bilstein monotube shocks, close-ratio five-speed manual transmission with self-adjusting clutch, four-wheel ABS disc brakes and traction control.

The Pontiac Solstice GXP is a true sports car with a near 50/50 weight distribution and outstanding driving characteristics, said Amrit Mehta, GM of Canada’s marketing manager for sporty cars. With its sleek lines, great driving dynamics and powerful performance, the Solstice GXP epitomizes the essence of the Pontiac brand.

2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP

The 2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP features a long list of standard equipment and is also outfitted with high-polished stainless steel dual exhaust outlets, and front and rear fascia extensions that add to its performance persona.

Headquartered in Oshawa, Ontario, General Motors of Canada employs more than 20,000 people nationwide. GM of Canada manufactures a variety of vehicles, engines, transmissions and other components, and markets the full range of General Motors vehicles and related services through 765 dealerships and retailers across Canada. Vehicles sold through this network include Chevrolet, Buick, Pontiac, GMC, Saturn, Hummer, Saab and Cadillac.

*Horsepower and torque are SAE certified. A new voluntary power and torque certification procedure developed by the SAE Engine Test Code committee was approved March 31, 2005 . This procedure (J2723) ensures fair, accurate ratings for horsepower and torque by allowing manufacturers to certify their engines through third-party witness testing. GM was the first auto manufacturer to begin using the procedure and expects to use it for all newly rated engines in the future.

**Preliminary, pending SAE certification.

Source: GM Canada

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