The 2008 Pontiac Solstice is an instant attention-getter, bristling with flair and stunning exterior design.
“The Solstice easily rivals such stylish competitors as the BMW Z4 and Audi TT, yet costs half as much”--so says Kelley Blue Book, echoing the praise heaped upon the Bob Lutz-inspired roadster that proves GM still employs talented designers who can turn out original, nonderivative, and pleasing designs. Remarks Automobile, “the side view looks like a Hot Wheels for adults with tires too big for its britches.” They add that “the nose and rump have the sexiest curves this side of Hollywood and Vine.”
“The look is smashing in the stowed position, less attractive erect,” notes Automobile of the “soft roof with flying buttresses” that they feel mimics BMW and Ferrari cabriolets. Road & Track appreciates these design features, calling them “elements of high style, not stripped-down functionality.”
If the interior is not quite the home run that the Solstice’s sexy skin offers, at least it features a driver-oriented cockpit with respectable ergonomics. Whereas Automobile finds “the cockpit mood is simple and inviting," Autoblog criticizes interior bits and pieces as “decidedly behind the curve” and goes so far as to say that the top of the door panels and the area behind the center console seem “to have stolen bits of our Project Big Wheel to make the bean counters happy.”