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Not to be out done by the other cars mags, Automobile has checked in with their impressions of the England test drive with a short article on page 117. 2 New pictures as well.

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"the Pontiac Solstice is a terrific little sports car that can easily handle a lot more power than the base 2.4 liter Ecotec"

"The driving position is nicely sorted, making heel-and-toe shifting natural. Compared with the Mazda Miata, which is cramped for bigger people and which you tend to sit on rather than in, the Solstice envelops the driver with lots of room. In that respect, it feels more like a baby Corvette than a bigger Miata."

"Wind flow around the cabin, even with the windows down, is brilliantly managed, with hardly any backdraft making it into the cabin."

"The 170-horsepower engine has lots of midrange pull, decent top-end power, and a sporty rasp under hard throttle that's easily the best exhaust note we've heard from an Ecotec. Our only criticism is that the engine is rough around the 6000-rpm mark, lacking the sweetness of the best Japanese fours."

"The five-speed gearbox is slick, with short throws and a naroow gate. The ratios are nicely spaced, although fifth gear is very much a cruising overdrive."

"The base car should give Mazda a lot to think about, with a 250-horsepower-plus turbo version coming later should be a humdinger. Just fix the sterring please."
 

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"the Pontiac Solstice is a terrific little sports car that can easily handle a lot more power than the base 2.4 liter Ecotec"

Is that an English way of saying "it needs more power" ?

"Our only criticism is that the engine is rough around the 6000-rpm mark, lacking the sweetness of the best Japanese fours."

That 3.9 inch stroke is going to give it a built in massage, dual balance shafts or no. With strokes under 3.5" no wonder the rice burners will feel smoother at high revs.

No matter how much deodorant you put on, an undersquare 2.4 is always going to vibrate under stress.
 

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The base car should give Mazda a lot to think about, with a 250-horsepower-plus turbo version coming later should be a humdinger. Just fix the sterring please."


is this speculation?
 

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Brian said:
The base car should give Mazda a lot to think about, with a 250-horsepower-plus turbo version coming later should be a humdinger. Just fix the sterring please."


is this speculation?

my thoughts exactly...
 

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Brian said:
is this speculation?
Probably....these reporters were shooting the breeze with the engineers over there in England for a day or so...could be engineer speculation too.
 
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