- PRICE AS TESTED: $27, 340
- ENGINE: 2.4L Ecotec
- HORSEPOWER: 177 hp @ 6, 600 rpm / 166 lb-ft at 4, 800 rpm
- DRIVETRAIN: Rear-wheel drive, Aisin five-speed close-ratio manual
- WEIGHT: 2, 680 lbs.
- FUEL ECONOMY: 20/28 mpg
By: Dave Chess
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL - RIS - Sliding down into the cockpit of the 2006 Pontiac Solstice took a little extra time. First of all I’m six-feet tall and weigh a little north of 240 pounds. Second, I’m over 50 and for those of you over 50, you’ll know what I mean.
Finally, I came to rest on the supple leather seats and let my eyes feast on the instrumentation and light tan interior of this truly impressive two-seat rear-wheel drive sports car.
What great curves this car has. From front to rear this is a sexy two-seater. Pontiac calls its first production two-seat roadster, "seductive." Not surprising that the only way you can buy one off a dealer’s lot is if a wait-listed buyer reneges on their sales contract.
These cars are so popular that several months ago Pontiac announced they sold out the entire production for the 2006 model year and there is a wait-list for next year.
Ok, so you are lying. You first sentence says2007-08-08 11:01:56 by mike060
"So, I thought the RX-8s were supposed to be fast". Then at the end of you ficticious story you contradict yourself. You say "Was he sandbagging it or are the RX-8s as underpowered as I have always thought they were". Interesting you say two opposite statements in one post. If you look at the numbers 232 horsepower, and 159 ft/lbs of torque is not bad out of a 1.3 liter engine. I dont know of any car that can do that without a turbo. Honda can get similar horsepower and torque but only by using a much larger engine ( a 2.2 liter ). The rx8 is not fast, but it cant get to 60 in less than 6 seconds. But if you ever drove one its about more than speed. You have a perfect 50/50...
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