Produced between 2005 and 2009 for the 2006 through 2010 model years, the Pontiac Solstice was relatively short-lived, but still deserving of praise. It’s a good-looking little sports car, and with four-cylinder power under the hood, decently quick too. However, this modified example from the 2006 model year takes the Solstice to a whole new level thanks to a new 6.0L LS2 V8 engine swap!
The new engine was installed by Performance Autowerks in Oswego, Illinois, which also threw in the tried-and-true Tremec T56 six-speed manual transmission to feed the rear wheels. The car is listed for auction at Bring A Trailer, and while the post neglects to mention exact output numbers, this Pontiac Solstice is sure to be head and shoulders above its peers.
Complementary upgrades include adjustable coilover suspension, 19-inch CCW wheels with Falken Azenis FK450 tires, and six-pot Wilwood brakes up front. The black interior gets leather upholstery with diamond-patterned stitching, plus a factory stereo, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and AutoMeter Pro-Comp Ultra-Lite gauges, with a 200-mph speedometer, a new tachometer, fuel gauge, and a battery charge gauge.
The 2006 Pontiac Solstice is currently on sale in Phoenix, Arizona, and boasts a clean Carfax report with just 16,000 miles on the odometer.
The auction will end Monday, December 23rd, at 12:05 PM. As of this writing, the current bid is set at $15,750 with five days remaining. We think that number will likely climb a good deal higher before the auction ends.
For reference, the Pontiac Solstice was originally equipped with either the naturally aspirated 2.4L Ecotec LE5 inline four-cylinder, or the turbocharged 2.0L Ecotec LNF inline four-cylinder. The LE5 was tuned to produce 177 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque, while the LNF, which equipped the GXP version of the Solstice, produced 260 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.
The turbo LNF engine option could send the Pontiac Solstice to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds, besting the 7.0-second figure offered by the atmospheric LE5. The Pontiac Solstice was also offered with an available dealer-installed engine tune that upped output to 290 horsepower and 340 pound-feet.
We’d still take the LS2.
Source: Bring A Trailer