On the theory that the Solstice will have a double-hinged trunk t6o allow trunk access with the top up:Grimmace at Miata.net said:the "hard-top attachment sockets" aren't what you think they are.
Finally, his overall comments:Grimmace at Miata.net said:DING DING DING DING DING DING DING DING DING WE HAVE A WINNER...
I like all that I hear! He should join us over here because he sounds exctied about this car too! I wonder if he is aware of our site?Grimmace at Miata.net said:OK - "Your questions will be answered after NAIAS."
I had the opportunity to spend a weekend with the Solstice (err, Solstices - one was the bare chassis we've seen in photos) at Darknights (tuner car show in Markham, Ontario). If anyone from here went, I was in the Solstice booth most of the Sunday. I know I talked to a few Miata guys, anyway.
Like the other autoshows the Solstice has been to, it was roped off at Darknights as well. The car was a ultra-expensive pre-production one-off, the same grey-on-tan car you've seen making the show circuits. No way we could let people touch it, get in it, etc.
However, being one of the GM reps I was in the roped off area and in close contact with the cars. I've got to pick and choose my words carefully - I don't want to reveal anything I shouldn't.
Fit and finish, even for a pre-production car, was quite good. Plastics and fabrics weren't typical GM tacky. The gearshift lever falls easily into hand and has a good feel. Throws were short, but not quite Miata short. The seat felt nice and fairly supportive, but a seat can feel good at rest and be terrible in motion when actually using the pedals, etc., so I'll reserve judgement on that later. All-in-all, probably the best GM interior I've been in. I especially liked the way the stereo/HVAC controls were tilted towards the driver. The gauges were easy to see through the steering wheel. The interior as a whole felt driver-oriented, and fit my 6'0" 190 lb. frame a lot better than the NB Miata. For example, on the NB, my leg hits the area under the steering column when I let out the clutch or move my foot to the brake. Not so on the Solstice.
The car's shape, in person, is much better than in photos. I really like it. Looks are subjective, but this is a sexy car.
As for trunk space, it's hard to comment on that. This particular show car has no top (which is why we've never seen a shot of it with the top up), so it was difficult to judge how much trunk space it would eat up. No doubt though, the trunk will be small, but that's no secret from the press quotes you've all read. I know that will be a detriment to the Miata folk who use their cars for golf trips, overnight stays, etc. Turns me off from the car a bit too, but I can't afford a new car anyway (I can *just* about afford a '99 or '00 NB - houses are expensive...)
Also, the wheels + tires are too much for this car. They look great style-wise, but if I was to buy one, the first thing I'd do is swap out the 18" rims + ultra-wide rubber for some skinnier 16 or 17" tires on lightweight rims. Although the Ride and Handling guys at GM say the car is impressive on the track, so I'll reserve judgement on that too.
Can't say too much else, though I wish I could share some of the really juicy news.
It's obvious this is Lutz's baby, and all the better for it. The NC is square in our sights. I think competition improves the breed, and I believe the consumer should be spoiled for choice, so I hope BOTH cars are sales sucesses.
PS - Before anyone asks about the curb weight and rumours of a forced-induction model, I can't confirm or deny any of that data.
Oh, I believe that he thinks he is telling it like it is, and maybe it is correct information. However, a lot of GM reps have given false information over the years too. For all we know, GM has some people out there purposely spreading false information to throw off the competition.tcl said:What about his claim of being a GM rep? I'd give him the benefit of the doubt.
Actually I think he was refering to the fact that being a hand built prototype it was very expensive to build due to hand made cmoponenets and the 100's of man hours involved in putting it together.cdb said:also, he was describing an 'ultra expensive one- off pre production prototype'- i believe that the pre production show cars were closer to the spec on the canadian gm site .
and if it aint gonna be, submit that resumepalmer said:I'm not quite sure how anyone can be certain that the trunk won't be double-hinged. It's not all that difficult to engineer a double-hinged trunk (or door or anything else), so it seems to be that may be the route GM takes on this vehicle. It would add some weight, but the Solstice is already pretty heavy, so that shouldn't be too big a deal.
On the other hand, GM may decide that potential Solstice buyers won't worry about trunk accessibility, and just have a front-hinged trunk. I think that's probably a mistake, but I'm not in charge at GM.
My point is that we won't know how the trunk (or the top) operate for another month. Until then, it's all just speculation.