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11-21-2004 09:02 PM
padgett My bet would be the 5L40E if it will fit though one of the VTI CVTs would be quite interesting I doubt that any will handle the torque.
11-19-2004 08:50 AM
Fformula88
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Originally Posted by Yellatec
I think as far as we know so far there is no mention of any kind of Automatic Tranny. However Paddle Shifters would be fun!! :thumbs
Actually, GM confirmed in the Edmunds.com article that an automatic will be available sometime after launch. They did not indicate when that automatic would be available, or what automatic it would be. I would hope paddle shifting would be available given the sporty nature of the car. At least as an option.

GM may have other options besides their trust 4 speeds soon. GM and Ford are working on a joint venture transmission. I believe this transmission is going to be a 6 speed automatic (although it could be just a 5 speed) and will be adaptable to FWD, RWD and AWD applications. This could be an option for GM on the Solstice. Also, I believe Aisin has a 5 speed automatic as well. Since GM is buying the manual transmissions from Aisin, they may also get the automatics from them



11-18-2004 02:34 PM
padgett Just a thought, perhaps the Solstice is too short for a 4Lxx automatic to fit. That is the only reason I can think of for the marketeers to allow the Solstice to be introduced without one. True, overseas markets are different, but for domestic products it would be unlikely.

OTOH the reason Corvettes were limited to a two speed automatics for many years was simply that a THM-400 would have left too little space for the driveshaft (of course with IRS it could have been bolted directly to the differential but they didn't).
11-18-2004 02:30 PM
Yellatec
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Originally Posted by Latinmcgyver
Will the Solstice have paddle shifters or a ratchet shifter? And what about shift kits?
Gear controll is a good thing!!

I think as far as we know so far there is no mention of any kind of Automatic Tranny. However Paddle Shifters would be fun!! :thumbs
11-18-2004 12:25 PM
Latinmcgyver
Automatic Shifter

Will the Solstice have paddle shifters or a ratchet shifter? And what about shift kits?
Gear controll is a good thing!!
10-30-2004 07:35 PM
wezzrocks The top is manual. But that's all i know about it. A roadster has to look just as good with the top up. With the two head/bump things, it 'd have to curve around them. I've looked at 911 turbo's and didn't like them because of the top. and after looking at the testmule picture it looks okay from the side but just drops off to the rear window. If anyone's got some good pictures, please share. :smile
09-25-2004 12:12 PM
wezzrocks I'd never leave home without a camera.
09-17-2004 10:00 AM
Fformula88
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Originally Posted by solsticeman
If you'd like to purchase one of these for me, I'd be happy to carry it...

http://consumer.usa.canon.com/ir/con...9&modelid=8280
I'm not sure I can do that, but it does look like a fantastic camera! :cool



09-16-2004 05:03 PM
aawil I hope they didn't get rid of those flying winglets on the top that attach to the bumps like some ferrari spyders have.
09-16-2004 02:22 PM
mceb Very cool sighting...I'd drive off the road twisting my neck if I lived out there :lol
09-15-2004 03:46 PM
Solstice006 I saw a Solstice on the back of a flatbed truck a few months ago. It was a flat black paint job, and the convertible top was the same as on the England test mules. Actually, I'm thinking the one I saw was one of the England test mules, due to the many similarities.

I've also seen a few LaCrosses, an H3, and other cars out and about on public Michigan roads.
09-15-2004 01:35 PM
SolsticeMan I don't think it's a mule. It must be some sort of later, more complete build (used to be called mules, alpha builds, beta builds, gamma, then the plant builds - before that used to be mules, pre prototype, prototype, pre-production....)

I'd guess this is better than a mule, but not built in the plant. If you'd like to purchase one of these for me, I'd be happy to carry it...

http://consumer.usa.canon.com/ir/con...9&modelid=8280
09-15-2004 11:36 AM
Fformula88 Wow, great sighting! I am jealous of all you people who live around the proving grounds and get to see GMs latest and greatest before they are out! Hopefully this is another very good sign that the Solstice project is either on schedule, or even better ahead of schedule if they have another mule running around on public roads. Intro is still a long way off, and it seems like they have been doing an awful lot of behind the wheel driving already.

But next time, be sure to carry a camera wherever you go! We cannot have you miss another opportunity to snap a pic of one of these mules!! :lol :jester



09-15-2004 07:39 AM
Silverton64 Can you post some more pictures of the solstice with the top up? If there are any.
09-15-2004 07:29 AM
SolsticeMan
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Originally Posted by DreamerDave
Great! :cheers In your brief sighting, did you like the look, overall? Could you make out if the back glass was flat?
From my memory, it looked flat - almost exactly like the european mule, like the rear view of the far one here - just a lot nicer, smoother, no visible flap like the one shown here.



The wheels looked exactly like the wheels on the production NAIAS solstice - we were only travelling about 15-20MPH in opposite directions, so I got a decent peek.

The overall look was immediately recognizable, definitlely distinctive, and very, very nice.

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Originally Posted by Silverton64
Who could be driving the solstice, if it's not out yet?
Presumably the GM engineers doing the system tuning, from engine calibration, to brake, windnoise, ride and handling, all of those systems that have to come together to make a car.

They can't do all their work on the GM Proving Ground - it is necessary to drive the car in the real world and find out how it is in everyday driving.

Those of us that travel through and live around the GM Proving Ground see vehicles like this all the time. I've seen HHR's, C6 corvettes (even a convertible or two), Solstices. A healthy number of SSR's and Hummer H2's, once they were shown at autoshows but before they went into production. Hardly ever see a vehicle that has not been announced, though, or if I do it's heavily camo'd.
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