Produced between 2006 and 2010, the Pontiac Solstice is quite the looker, with sleek, smooth lines and a sporty, fun-loving attitude. Thing is, the Solstice was only offered with a four-banger under the hood, which begs the question – what would this little sports car be like with a V8? Now, this particular customized Pontiac Solstice will provide an answer to whoever decides to take it home.
Given the powerplant is the main attraction of this build, it makes sense to start there. This custom Pontiac Solstice was created by Mallett Performance Cars to grace the show floor at SEMA, with the North Carolina shop stuffing the droptop with the naturally aspirated 6.0L V8 LS2 engine. Output is rated at 400 horsepower, while a Corsa exhaust system adds some aural spice to the equation.
Motivation is sent to the rear wheels by way of a five-speed manual transmission upgraded with a LUK Pro Gold clutch. Mallett Performance also tuned and upgraded the coilover suspension, while a set of upgraded disc brakes help to slow it down.
Outside, this custom Pontiac Solstice is draped in Aspen White paint, which is complemented by metallic blue striping to give it a custom, racey sort of motorsport vibe. The exterior also shows off a sculpted dual hood scoop and rear spoiler, while spent gasses exit via an integrated center exhaust system. The whole thing rides on eye-catching Budnik wheels sized at 20 inches in diameter.
Inside, we find a tan interior treatment with blue inserts for the seats, a color combo which could be considered something of an acquired taste. Katzkin leather upholstery adds some soft-touch finery. Standout cabin features include power windows, power locks, power steering, and an AM/FM/XM stereo with CD changer and aux input, not to mention a three-spoke steering wheel, upgraded white-faced gauges, and a Hurst shifter.
Critically, this V8-powered Pontiac Solstice sports less than 5,000 miles on the clock, with three previous owners to its name. Now, it’s listed for sale by Streetside Classics at $57,995.