2008 Pontiac Solstice

Overview

As Pontiac’s new flagship, the all-new Pontiac G8 is an authentic performance sedan. With its balanced rear-wheel drive performance, dynamic design, unexpected standard content and leading-edge safety technology, G8 is the new power play in the premium midsize segment. For 2008, G8 is available in two models: - G8. - G8 GT.

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Top Ten Features

  • 1. Progressive design Solstice’s progressive design possesses sleek, provocative lines with a low, wide stance. Performance is projected by long dash-to-axle measurement, low and wide roadholding stance and tight wheel-tobody relationship.
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  • 2. RWD with near-perfect weight distribution Near 50/50 weight distribution contributes to optimized handling for a pure roadster driving experience a must-have for roadster enthusiasts.
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  • 3. Ecotec DOHC I4 engines Lightweight all-aluminum construction contributes to Solstice’s near-equal weight distribution. 172 hp contributes to an exhilarating driving experience. GXP’s 260 hp direct injected turbo version is discussed in the GXP Series section of this guide.
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  • 4. Close-ratio Aisin 5-speed transmission Manual transmission is famous for short, precise throws between gear changes. Provides a high fun-to-drive quotient.
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  • 5. 4-wheel independent SLA suspension Contributes to quick and agile handling and the Solstice’s ability to pull .90 lateral G’s. Bilstein coil-over-monotube shocks enhance road feel.
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  • 6. 4-wheel disc brakes Standard disc brakes deliver responsive braking and short stopping distances. Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) varies front-to-rear brake balance as needed.
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  • 7. Segment-exclusive rear decklid Dramatic one-piece, reverse-hinged rear decklid with dual rear aero fairings covers the convertible top when lowered for a seamless top-down appearance.
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  • 8. Standard 18" 5-spoke aluminum wheels Contribute to Solstice’s tight wheel-to-body relationship and also help improve the ride.
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  • 9. Purposeful, driver-oriented interior Surprisingly spacious cabin features motorcycle-inspired, highly intuitive gauges and controls. Contoured racinginspired seats provide comfortable and supportive seating for fast-paced driving or longer trips.
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  • 10. Outstanding value Solstice value gets even better for 2008 with $713 of additional standard equipment. Yet its MSRP increases by only $160. And Solstice remains one of the lowest-priced roadsters on the market.
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Power & Handling

  • 2.4L Ecotec DOHC VVT I4 Variable Valve Timing (VVT) helps provide maximum torque throughout the power band. Twin-cam, multi-valve design helps deliver the responsive, high-revving performance that marks a performance roadster. Standard on Solstice. - 172 hp @ 5800 rpm. - 167 lb.-ft. torque @ 4500 rpm. - 0-60 mph in 7.2 seconds.
  • 2.0L Turbo Ecotec Direct Injected VVT I4 Included and only available on Solstice GXP. See GXP Series section of this guide.
  • Standard close-ratio Aisin 5-speed manual transmission Provides short, precise throws between gear changes for an enhanced roadster driving experience. EPA-estimated mpg (city/hwy): 19/25.
  • 5-speed automatic transmission Available for those who want the convenience of automatic shifting. - EPA-estimated mpg (city/hwy): 19/24.
  • Performance axle ratio Aggressive 3.91 rear axle ratio provides impressive off-the-line performance.
  • 4-wheel independent SLA suspension Provides quick, agile handling and contributes to Solstice’s very high .90 lateral G’s of cornering power.
  • Sport-tuned independent suspension Tuned for a higher order of performance. Available as part of Club Sport Package.
  • Club Sport Package Available package includes 4-wheel ABS, limited-slip rear differential and Sport-tuned 4-wheel independent suspension. Requires 5-speed manual transmission and Ebony cloth interior. Not available with any other options or packages.
  • Sport-tuned suspension Standard on GXP, available on Solstice as part of the Club Sport Package.
  • Bilstein coil-over-monotube shocks Selected for their responsive road feel, these premium shocks are used front and rear.
  • Power rack-and-pinion steering Provides responsiveness plus good feedback for an enhanced driving experience.
  • 4-wheel disc brakes with EBD Standard system provides outstanding braking performance. Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) varies front-to-rear braking balance as needed for optimum stopping power. In addition, ABS is available on Solstice, standard on GXP.
  • Performance body structure RWD performance architecture features state-of-the-art, full-length hydroformed frame rails and stamped steel structural tunnel. This design provides a solid structure to enhance vehicle handling.
  • RWD with nearly 50/50 weight distribution Rear-wheel drive is the drivetrain of choice for both classic roadsters and performance-oriented drivers. Combined with nearperfect balance, the result is optimized handling.
  • StabiliTrak Stability Enhancement System Available system determines the driver’s intent and utilizes engine torque and brake modulation to optimize vehicle control to maintain safe limits. Available on Solstice, standard on GXP.
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System Constantly monitors pressure in all four tires and reports deviations through the Driver Information Center (DIC). Both the system and the DIC are standard.
  • Standard 18" wheels Largest standard wheels in Solstice’s class, they enhance both appearance and ride. Standard 5-spoke silver-painted 18" aluminum. Available polished or chromed 18" aluminum.
  • Nine exterior colors Deep (Dark Blue Metallic), Mean (Yellow, additional charge), Envious (Emerald Green Metallic), Mysterious (Black), Pure (Summit White), Cool (Liquid Gray Metallic), Aggressive (Victory Red) and NEW Brazen (Inferno Orange Metallic, additional charge) and Sly (Steel Gray Metallic).
  • Wipers Front variable intermittent wipers have wet arms to prevent spray intrusion into the cabin when the top is down.
  • Body-color outside mirrors Manual design is standard on Solstice; power mirrors are standard on GXP and available on Solstice.
  • Body-color extension into the cabin Gives Solstice an integrated appearance when the top is down.
  • Driver-oriented cockpit Includes shifter placement where the driver’s hand naturally falls, pedals placed perfectly for heel-and-toe driving (allows driver to run through the gears with minimal lifting of the foot), and sporty motorcycle-inspired, backlit recessed gauges dressed with chrome bezels. Analog instruments include speedometer, tachometer and fuel level.
  • Sport metallic pedals Available feature adds an even more sporty appearance and feel.
  • Racing-inspired seats Driver-oriented cockpit is further enhanced with seats that provide outstanding lateral support under high G-loads. Seats include fixed headrests and recline and fold forward for access to seatback pockets. Ebony cloth upholstery is standard, Ebony or Ebony/Sand leather seating surfaces are available.
  • 2-way power driver seat height adjuster A Solstice standard convenience.
  • Available air conditioning Adds all-weather climate control.
  • (ZQ3) Convenience Package Available package includes cruise control, fog lamps and steering wheel with accessory cruise and DIC controls.
  • (PCM) Preferred Package Available package includes power windows and door locks, Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) and power body-color outside mirrors.
  • (PCQ) Premium Package Available package includes 3-spoke, leather-wrapped steering wheel with accessory controls, leather-wrapped shifter (manual transmission only) and leather seating surfaces. Requires (ZQ3) Convenience Package.

Comfort And Convenience

  • Progressive design Solstice possesses sleek, provocative lines with a low, wide stance. Performance is projected by long dash-to-axle measurement, low and wide roadholding stance and tight wheel-to-body relationship. Highlights include segment-exclusive one-piece rear decklid and front-hinged clamshell hood with easy-to-open gas struts.
  • GXP styling GXP feature numerous unique exterior and interior design features. See the GXP Series section of this book for detailed information.
  • Haartz cloth convertible top Manual canvas top includes Premium Acoustic Headliner, integral glass backlight and defogger. Available in Darkside (black) or Lightside (medium tan).
  • Halogen composite headlamps Jewel-like design provides outstanding illumination, durability and appearance.
  • Front halogen fog lamps Available lamps provide enhanced visibility in foggy conditions.
  • Rear spoiler Aerodynamic design is available in all body colors.
  • AM/FM stereo with CD/MP3 player Standard system features auxiliary input jack for iPod/MP3 player, seek-andscan, digital clock, auto-tone control, Radio Data System (RDS), speed-compensated volume and TheftLock.
  • AM/FM stereo with 6-disc, in-dash CD/MP3 player Available system features an auxiliary input jack for iPod/MP3 player, seek-and-scan, digital clock, auto-tone control, Radio Data System (RDS), speed-compensated volume and TheftLock. Requires Monsoon premium speaker system.
  • 6-speaker sound system Standard.
  • Monsoon premium speaker system 225-watt, 7-speaker systems features two 1" A-pillar tweeters, two 3.5" rear speakers and 1" subwoofer. Not available with standard AM/FM stereo with CD player.
  • AM/FM stereo with CD player Features auxiliary input jack for iPod/MP3 player, seek-and-scan and digital clock. Included and only available with Club Sport Package.
  • XM Satellite Radio Features more than 170 channels of coast-to-coast digital coverage, providing customers with the most entertainment choices no matter where they are. Visit gm.xmradio.com for details. Standard on both models.
  • OnStar One-year Safe & Sound Plan includes Emergency Services, OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Remote Door Unlock and available OnStar Hands-Free Calling and Virtual Advisor. Visit onstar.com for more information. Standard on both models.
  • Exterior Some of the most popular exterior accessories include: - 18" chrome wheels. - Cat-back exhaust system. - Performance suspension package.- Vehicle cover.
  • Interior Popular interior accessories include: - Portable music player interface. - Tonneau cover. - Wind deflector.
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    • Engine
      Horsepower @ rpm
      Torque (lb.-ft.) @ rpm
    • 2.4L Ecotec VVT DOHC I4, 173 @ 5800, 167 @ 4500
    • 2.0L DOHC I4, 166 @ 6700, 140 @ 5000
    • 2.0L Turbo Ecotec VVT DOHC I4, 260 @ 5300, 260 @ 2500-5250
    • 2.2L VTEC DOHC I4, 237 @ 7800, 162 @ 6800
    • Transmission
    • 5-speed manual; 5-speed auto. (A)
    • 5-speed manual; 6-speed auto. (A)
    • 5-speed manual; 5-speed auto. (A)
    • 6-speed manual
    • Rear axle ratio
    • 3.91
    • 4.10
    • 3.73
    • 4.10
    • 0-60 mph (seconds)
    • -
    • -
    • 5.5
    • Under 6
    • Fuel economy, city/hwy (mpg) w/ standard transmission
    • 19/28
    • 22/27
    • 19/28
    • 18/24
    • Fuel economy, city/hwy (mpg) w/ available transmission
    • 19/24
    • 21/28
    • 19/26
    • -
    • Drivetrain
    • RWD
    • RWD
    • RWD
    • RWD
    • Wheelbase (in.)
    • 95.1
    • 91.7
    • 95.1
    • 94.5
    • Track, front/rear (in.)
    • 60.7/61.4
    • 58.7/58.9
    • 60.7/61.4
    • 57.9/59.4
    • Front suspension
    • Independent short/long arm
    • Independent double-wishbone
    • Independent Sport short/long arm
    • Independent double-wishbone
    • Rear suspension
    • Independent short/long arm
    • Independent multi-link
    • Independent Sport short/long arm
    • Independent double-wishbone
    • Limited-slip differential
    • A
    • -
    • S
    • S
    • Traction control
    • A
    • -
    • S
    • S
    • Stability control
    • A
    • -
    • S
    • S
    • Steering
    • Power rack-and-pinion
    • Power rack-and-pinion
    • Power rack-and-pinion
    • Power rack-and-pinion
    • Lateral acceleration (est.)
    • .90 G
    • .88 G
    • .90 G
    • .89 G
    • Turning radius (ft.)
    • 17.5
    • 15.4
    • 17.5
    • 17.7
    • Brakes
    • Power disc
    • Power disc
    • Power disc
    • Power disc
    • Antilock braking (ABS)
    • A
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Wheels & tires
    • 18" painted aluminum w/ all-season tires
    • 16" alloy w/all-season tires
    • 18" polished aluminum w/ performance tires
    • 17" alloy w/performance tires
    • Top material
    • Premium Cloth
    • Vinyl
    • Premium Cloth
    • Cloth
    • Top color(s)
    • Black, Tan
    • Black
    • Black, Tan
    • Black
    • Acoustic headliner
    • S
    • -
    • S
    • -
    • Leather-appointed seats
    • A
    • -
    • A
    • S
    • Air conditioning
    • A
    • S
    • A
    • S
    • Cruise control
    • A
    • A
    • S
    • S
    • Power driver seat height adjustor
    • S
    • -
    • S
    • -
    • Tilt steering wheel
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • -
    • Remote Keyless Entry
    • A
    • A
    • S
    • S
    • Driver Information Center
    • S
    • -
    • S
    • S
    • Satellite radio
    • S
    • A (DIO)
    • S
    • A
    • MP3 play capability
    • S
    • A (DIO)
    • S
    • -
    • Auxiliary input jack
    • S
    • -
    • S
    • -
    • Speakers
    • 6; 7 (A)
    • 4
    • 6; 7 (A)
    • 8
    • Max. cargo volume, top up (cu. ft.)
    • 5.4
    • 5.3
    • 5.4
    • 5.0
    • Head room (in.)
    • 38.5
    • 37.4
    • 38.5
    • 34.6
    • Leg room (in.)
    • 42.7
    • 43.1
    • 42.7
    • 44.3
    • Shoulder room (in.)
    • 52.4
    • 53.2
    • 52.4
    • 50.7
    • Hip room (in.)
    • 50.6
    • 50.6
    • 50.6
    • 49.8
    • Bumper-to-bumper warranty
    • 3/36,000
    • 3/36,000
    • 3/36,000
    • 3/36,000
    • Powertrain warranty
    • 5/100,000
    • 5/60,000
    • 5/100,000
    • 5/60,000
    • Corrosion warranty
    • 6/100,000
    • 5/unlimited
    • 6/100,000
    • 5/unlimited
    • Roadside assistance
    • 5/100,000
    • 3/36,000
    • 5/100,000
    • -
    • Courtesy transportation
    • 5/100,000
    • 3/36,000
    • 5/100,000
    • -
    • Dual-stage frontal air bags
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Passenger sensing system
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Side-impact air bags
    • -
    • S
    • -
    • -
    • OnStar
    • S
    • -
    • S
    • -
    • Daytime Running Lamps
    • S
    • -
    • S
    • S
    • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • -
    • Stability control
    • A
    • -
    • S
    • S

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