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Hot Rod Magazine began a three month series on its own V8 conversion. "The World's Baddest Solstice". The stuffing operating was aided and abetted by GM Performance Division. Notably GMPD John Heinricy and his merry band of engineers.


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One of GMPS's most important contributions in this V8 conversion was extensive computer modeling using math data to figure out in advance what parts would fit and the optimum suspension set-up . . . Among the many parts that did fit were several from Cadillac CTS-V . . . front engine accessory drive, a 3.23:1 differential . . . the engine ECU and over sized Brembo brakes. Other GM parts-shelf components ranged from a Solstice GXP master cylinder to a Chevy SSR six-speed manual gearbox, a Z06 clutch pack. Corvette cooling fan and shroud and a modified Corvette wiring harness.


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One of GMPS's most important contributions in this V8 conversion was extensive computer modeling using math data to figure out in advance what parts would fit and the optimum suspension set-up . . . Among the many parts that did fit were several from Cadillac CTS-V . . . front engine accessory drive, a 3.23:1 differential . . . the engine ECU and over sized Brembo brakes. Other GM parts-shelf components ranged from a Solstice GXP master cylinder to a Chevy SSR six-speed manual gearbox, a Z06 clutch pack. Corvette cooling fan and shroud and a modified Corvette wiring harness.


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The actual act of sliding a small-block between the Solstice frame rails was amazingly easy. It fit like a glove.


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Should have made it a option.
That could certainly never have happened. Do you really expect GM to produce a high performance V8 sports car that would be cheaper than their Corvette? If so, shake your head and think about it a minute.
 

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That could certainly never have happened. Do you really expect GM to produce a high performance V8 sports car that would be cheaper than their Corvette? If so, shake your head and think about it a minute.
They did it before.
In 1976 the Trans Am was faster than the Vette with the anemic 350.
 

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1 - the Trans Am wasn't a sports car

2 - they (Chev) killed the idea of a turbo Fiero dead as soon as they realized that it would equal the Corvette performance for less money (1986)
 

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Included among the custom and aftermarket chassis and driveline parts were a four-inch-diameter aluminum driveshaft, . . .


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The team's performance goals included quarter-miles in the 10-second range and skidpad grip better than 1.0g without slicks, 600-foot slalom times faster than any production car and braking performance not far short of an Indy racer. The car had no problem delivering all that and more.


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I dont see them killing due to the vette. just the opposite. the vette has somany fallowers already, most dont even drive them like they were made to be driven. more is a status symbol or lookey what I got Im sexy!! the v8 solstice would of had a different group of buyers all togeather.and some of them would too be vette people. but the sol would not draw buyers away from the vette. GM effed up. nowdays the way performance cars are going,cammarow,challanger,hellcat,stangs etc. they would do it...oh so sweet trying to get the stang&challanger guys witch buy for play toys, unlike the vette guys that dont buy for play toys.well more do now but still they have thier eye on the vette, not the sol. it was a bad dissission to not do it. along with not offering a v6.
 

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The book does have some information why they did not design the car for a bigger engine.
 

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Dealer installed options . . . Air intake performance . . . Bra, with Pontiac arrow head, with or without license cover . . . Car cover with gray Solstice logo . . . Exhaust, performance cat-back system . . . Exhaust tip, Pontiac logo . . . First-aid kit, black, with Pontiac crest . . . Floormats, all-weather, Solstice-logo . . . Highway emergency kit w/ GM accessory logo . . . Smoker's package (includes ashtray, cigarette lighter) . . . Splash guards, front and rear, molded . . . Suspension off-road shock/spring package . . . Suspension, off-road f/r stabilizer bars . . . Wheel center caps, polished, w / Pontiac logo . . . Wheel lock kit, , chrome, 4 nuts, 1 key . . . 18", snow flaked, chromed wheels

Note: Interesting fact is that the information source is not GM but KBB


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They did it before.
In 1976 the Trans Am was faster than the Vette with the anemic 350.
And it happened again w/the 86 V6 Buick GNX (via Google) With the deeper-breathing turbo and intercooler, the 1986 Regal Grand National had a 0-60 time of 4.8 seconds, a full second faster than the same year Corvette, and could run the quarter mile in 13.7-seconds. ;)

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They did it before.
In 1976 the Trans Am was faster than the Vette with the anemic 350.
And it happened again w/the 86 V6 Buick GNX (via Google) With the deeper-breathing turbo and intercooler, the 1986 Regal Grand National had a 0-60 time of 4.8 seconds, a full second faster than the same year Corvette, and could run the quarter mile in 13.7-seconds. ;)
Straight-line speed does not make a sports car.

None of those can corner with a Corvette, while the Solstice, like the Fiero before it, can.
 

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Straight-line speed does not make a sports car.

None of those can corner with a Corvette, while the Solstice, like the Fiero before it, can.
I didn't claim that the the Buick GXP was a sports car. Nor did I say the Firebird was either. I simply added that at times GM has allowed other divisions to build performance vehicles that offered more HP & torque than the Corvette.
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in the end, no mater what, it was a BAD choice by any and all at gm.. just think, hemi roadrunner,hemi cuda,hemi challenger....daytons,superbird.. nowdays the more choices there are...the more you will sell.hell who wood ever thought a cammarow would have a 4 cylinder...there is something for almost everybody
 

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Page wide photo of an LS7 Solstice engine bay: The LS7 is a slightly tighter fit than the Ecotec 4, but not much. There's space even for the special headers.


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