But the Solstice was never as good as it could have been. The base version feels almost like a hot body draped over an economy car's guts. (The punchier Solstice GXP feels much more like a genuine sports car.) The interior also feels cheap and scratchy, a reminder of the bad old days of GM penny-pinching.
Regardless, the Solstice did generate real excitement and real hope for a new, better Pontiac. Despite the brand's death sentence, a gorgeous hard top version is just hitting the market now.
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