Editorial Director Kevin Smith says:
Okay, I was a little narrow-minded coming in. I felt the Solstice had to feel as light and lively as a Miata or it was toast. But as I built up seat time in Pontiac's new roadster, I came to appreciate that the Solstice didn't have to feel exactly like Mazda's MX-5 to be a success. It could be a smidgeon less direct in its control feedback, a little less quick to react to inputs, and not quite so poised on tippy toes, eager to change direction. As long as the driving experience managed to fulfill the promise made by its sporty-roadster concept, it could be different and might still be okay.
And that's how it turns out. The Solstice does not feel like a Miata. It feels instead like its own car, a bit bigger and softer in general, but still spirited and acceptably capable on a winding, sun-drenched canyon road. In fact, for sheer cornering grip, its limits seem higher and more easily accessible than the new MX-5's.
:agree:Fortimir said:It still comes down to this:
When I look at an MX-5... :yawn: I mean, I just can't get over the fact that I am not at all attracted to it. I wasn't attracted to the old miatas... I'm not attracted to the new one.
BUT HOT DAMN, WE HAVE A WEINER!