Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Yuba City, California -- The Little Cowpie!
A little more googling shows drag coefficients for the MX5 is .38, the Z4 is .35, 350z roadster is .34, and the Boxster is .31. All approximate as the reported drag coefficients varied somewhat from source to source.
I for one am glad that GM designed the Solstice as a beautiful car without slavishly letting a wind-tunnel dictate the car's shape, like all other manufacturers do. All of the other cars are more bland in shape, less coke bottle shaped, less sculpted detailing.
Most cars get the wind-tunnel treatment and you end up with a bland, lifeless design like the horrible G6. I'm guessing the Camaro is not exactly going to be a slippery eel either. The Mustang has a Cd of .38, but while it has the old Mustangs shape, all detailing is removed and all edges have been melted to bow down to the wind tunnel.
Why is the Sol a brick? I know not, so I will buy JRinKYs explanation, although the Z4 also has a long hood, yet a low Cd. Just food for thought.
Oh, and look for future Solstii and ALL cars to be even more bland in the future to meet that ridiculous 35 mpg CAFE standard. If you thought cars were bland and similar looking in the past, just wait until 2020. All cars will take on the same non-descript aerodynamic styling with no detailing whatsoever.
Just people movers. Keep your Solstice, Camaro and Challenger forever. The short-lived renaissance of automotive design is dead. Thank you CAFE. Thank you idiot government politicians.
I guess as long as the Solstice is a frame-off car, maybe some kit-car company will make some interesting body panels. I'm not holding my breath. The next gen Solstice is going to be unibody to save weight, at the expense of chassis rigidity.
2008 Solstice GXP Roadster
I've been humped
Kappasphere AX wheels
DDMWorks extreme backbone
GMPP Stage 2
Black bezel headlamps
23,777 fun miles
You don't need a trunk to haul ass...
Official car of SCCA Touring 2 Champion Don Knowles.