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. . . on street tires the HRM Solstuice blasted from rest to 60 mph in 3.32 seconds despite prodigious wheelspin . It also generated a breathtaking 3.05g on the skidpad, ran 74.9 mph through the slalom and stopped from 60 in a stunning 95 feet. Those last two numbers compare to 70.8 mph and 110 feet for the Corvette Z06, 73.2 mph and 101 feet for the Carrera GT anf 71.0 mph and 106 feet for the Ferrari Enzo . . .


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One Solstice option that'll find a few select takers is RPO Z0K, the Club Sport package. This group includes the stock five-speed manual transmission, ABS, limited-slip differential, an improved power-steering cooler and the stiffer FE3 suspension. No other options are allowed.


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Sniplet from the 2006 Solstice option list
 

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All body panels on the Super Solstice V8 were opainted in what Rob Kinnan (editor Hot Rod Magazine) calls Hot Rod Red.


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The Hot Rod Red body panels
 

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The first SCCA racing Solstice, prepared by Phoenixville, Pennsylvania Phoenix Performance and driven by 18-year old amateur hot-shoe Andrew Aquilante made its debut at New Hampshire international speedway on 6 May 2006.


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Andrew his SCCA Solstice
 

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Club sport racing package Z0K includes ABS, limited-slip diff, FE3 suspension. Hardtop is extra. Testing of Z0K took place partially at Nurburgring in Germany.


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Z0K testing, this is possibly the Nurburgring (did not double check that)
 

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Eighteen year old Andrew Aquilante became the Solstice torchbearer in SCCA road racing. His #36 acquitted itself well against Miatas, Civics and others in Showroom Stock B class. Andrew scored his first Solstice win at Lime Rock June 2006


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were those tops aftermarket or GM? these cars doo look at home on the track
They were carbon fiber tops, provided through GM Performance Parts, part number PCS-0664, pretty much bare bones and had to be mounted to the roll cage. GM Performance Parts went the same way as Pontiac in the the bankruptcy of 2009-10.

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The Solstice GXP drift car was displayed in June 2006 at Soldier Field in Chicago. Its 2.0-liter Ecotec 4 was capable of delivering 500 bhp. Although it wasn't yet completed as this book was being written, Pontiac and the car's driver, Rhys Millen, entertained high hopes for it.


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dam the luck. you would think with the trend toward performance these days gm wood bring back the GMPP...
it wooda been nice if that top's wings were splayed outward from the door glass back and mounted outboard the trunk lid so the trunk was still axsessaible....but it wasent and it wont be. dam Im going to miss this car.
june 06 gxp... sweet!!
 

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First, in Jan 2002, the Solstice roadster concept stole the Detroit autoshow . . . GM's British subsidiary, Vauxhall, needed an exciting concept car to help celebrate the company;s hundredth anniversary. This resulted in a hot-looking concept roadster called the VX-Lightning. Vauxhall created that car in GM Europe's advanced UK studio on the on the bones of the original Solstice concept. The Lightning debuted in May 2003.


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June 2018: VX-Lightning at the Vauxhall's Luton UK Heritage Centre
 

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Page wide photo of a concept Sky in a studio: Sky takes shape in the Saturn production studio.


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Saturn Sky concept. Chicago Auto Show 2005.
 

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The VX Lightning would first appear at a big dinner at the Grosvenor House in London following the Thousand Mile Trial. This was a re-creation, featuring vintage and classic Vauxhalls, of a 1000-mile tour of England in motoring's early days.


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May 14 2003: GM CEO Rick Wagoner during the VX Lightning launch at the Dorchester Hotel in London. In the background Simon Cox, GMNA Advanced Design Director and chief designer on the Lightning.

(Note: Not sure there is a mix up of facts or not. Seems there were 2 events. The unveiling at the centenary dinner on May 12 2003 at Grosvenor House Hotel and the launch/press-event on May 14 2003 at the Dorchester Hotel (both in London). Who has more info ?)
 

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In addition to using styling cues from the Vauxhall VX, the Sky also borrowed from early proposals for the Opel GT. The production Opel GT looks nearly identical to the Sky.


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VX Lightning concept sketch
 
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