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2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP
The 2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP looks--and drives--like a sports car. With its whirlwind turbocharged engine, great handling, and gorgeous looks, this mini-Vette is an ideal weekend getaway car--if you don't bring any luggage.
For those intrepid souls who want an unadulterated driving experience, the Solstice GXP has options to disable traction control and both traction and stability control. The latter configuration is known as Competitive Mode.
To close the roof from the driver's seat Solstice GXP owners must perform the following sequence of tasks: pop the trunk using key fob to release the deck lid; get out of the car, open the deck lid, pull out the folding cloth top and lean it on the windshield; get back in the car and fasten the clasp joining the top to the frame; get back out of the car, slam (and I mean slam) the cover shut, and snap the two rear fasteners into place; then get back into the car and drive away.
The most impressive thing about the stereo in the Solstice GXP is its extremely user-friendly interface, which, despite its single-line dot-matrix display, must rank among the most intuitive OEM systems we have ever seen. It also comes with optional XM Satellite Radio and a generic auxiliary input jack for playback of iPods and other portable music players.
The Solstice GXP's automatic transmission does not offer drivers a means of influencing shift timing. Despite being beholden to the car's own shifting agenda, we found the Solstice GXP to be more than equal to the demands of spirited driving.
When playing compressed digital audio discs such as MP3s, the stereo displays full ID3 tag information for folder, song name, album name, and artist; these can be cycled through using the very helpful i button to the top left of the display.
With the top finally stowed, however, the Solstice GXP has a very attractive profile. With its flared wheel arches and front fenders, gleaming 18-inch alloy wheels, and curvaceous sheet metal, the two-seater is one of the most eye-catching cars ever to leave a GM production line.
With the top in the trunk (rendering the latter unusable for anything larger than an umbrella) Solstice GXP must rank as the production car with the least storage space in the world, and on a par with some Formula 1 models for interior space.