achieftain said:It just might since in order to do a proper Mustang killer GM needs a RWD platform a little larger than Kappa and smaller than anything else they've got except for GTO and other than North America Zeta. Stretch a little in all directions, it's what GM and the others used to do all the time. Stretch or shorten, 10 cars from 3 platforms. Bring it on.
The Corvette's price point is well above the Mustang, so while its performance will eat a Mustang for lunch, you pay a lot for the meal. The Saleen tuner Mustang is appealing to some because it's not as big as the Vette. It's about in the same ball park price wise, being on the high side of 50,000. A neighbor of mine recently had a 2004 Z06, had problems with it, and returned it under the lemon law, replacing it with a Saleen. Shrug. I thought the Vette was WAY cooler, it was substantially faster, cornered harder, lower roof line, smoother lines. Eye of the beholder.....PAS22 said:GM already, and always has had a Mustang killer in the Corvette. What I don't understand is why Ford fans pay mega bucks for a Saleen Mustang (which in my mind still isn't as good as a Corvette) when they could buy a 'Vette or some import for the same price or less.
But back to the question, the Sol was not conceived as a pony car (if your too young to remember this is the classification originally assigned to four set sport coupes like the Mustang, Camaro, Barracuda, etc.). Rather it was developed as a low priced, but not not necessarily low end, roadster which isn't expected to have great horsepower but good handling an in open air fun to drive car. A agree with achieftain. Pontiac already has a Mustang killer-competitor, pony car if you will, in the GTO.
Why build another? Give the GTO some exciting styling, its all it needs.
Mazda is claiming more shoulder and leg room...but the numbers coming from GM say otherwise...but we'll see when they come to market.solli4me said:GM is trying to revamp their lousy image and this is the market they're going after. See the link for Mazda's rebuttal:
Itty Bitty???? It only a touch norrower than a Corvette, which is no small car.tjac003 said:Why's it gotta be so itty bitty?
The MX-5 most certainly has independent rear suspension. Actualy some would say it is more advanced than the Solstice's. 18" wheels are only a styling benifit, not a performance one. Most performance folks seem to agree, the Solstice would be far better off with smaller wheels for performance, but for curb appeal and bling factor, 18" is much better. The 6 speed transmission is better for racing because it gives you more options to keep the engine in the optimum power band at all times. For street driving a 5 speed is probably better. The Solstice will no doubt get a 6 speed in the future.RADRIV said:The Solstice has independent rear suspension, the MX-5 does not
The Solstice has 18" wheels, the max the MX-5 has is 17
There are different types of driving and driving experiences. The light roadster offers something that a Corvette or Mustang cannot. If you have never driven a Miata and tossed it around, then I really can't explain it to you all that well. It's kind of like when you drove your first go-cart as a kid. It's just all grins. It's not about seeing how high the speedometer will go, it's not about stop light drag racing, it's not about snapping your neck back, it's not about bragging rights and it's not really about trying to impress people. It's realy just about the driver having fun in the moment, zipping around town or rural roads having a blast like a kid in a go-cart.tjac003 said:Why not stretch this nice design out a bit, and have it become something legendary and truly potent, like a Corvette or Mustang?
Just a question that entered my mind while I was drooling over its pictures. Why's it gotta be so itty bitty?
I had always thought the styling for the Miata looked a bit strange, but I could never quite place it--Yup, just like a bar of soap. The biggest part of that is the long overhangs which come to blunt pointy edges at the center line, just like a bar of soap. The overhangs are not unlike the Jaguars of the late 60's. In point of fact, the old Miata looks like you took an old Jag, stitched up the mouth, sawed off the top at the door line and glued a wind screen back on. Don't get me wrong, the Miata has a certain appeal, and I did think about getting one, but the bar of soap is dead on. :glol:mceb said:They forgot styled like a bar of soap :glol: Sorry couldn't resist.
I'm not sure, but I think you might be referring to this thread: FAQ: What is the astronomical meaning of Solstice?solli4me said:Somewhere else in this forum is a great post about the earth's position to the sun at different intervals of the year.
Not to mention a toilet seat hood! :lol: Guess they have sort of a bathroom theme going on.Crimson Avenger said:Don't get me wrong, the Miata has a certain appeal, and I did think about getting one, but the bar of soap is dead on. :glol: