By James Bergeron

Day 1:

2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP
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Finally, I get a convertible I can test. Oh, wait, I did have the New Beetle… anyway, a convertible! Hopefully the weather network is wrong and it doesn’t rain all week, as this week’s ride is the Pontiac Solstice GXP, the turbocharged performance car from GM that has been turning heads since it was revealed in Detroit a few years back.

This car does turn heads, especially in the arrest-me-yellow paint my tester wears — lucky for me I’m used to driving around in a bright yellow car so I feel right at home.

2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP
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Powered by a 2.0litre ecotec engine producing 260 hp and 260lb-ft of torque, this little car can scoot from 0-100km/h in approximately 5.5 seconds. The engine in my tester is mated to a five-speed manual transmission, but an automatic transmission is available for those that want to ruin the fun.

Also added to my tester are leather seats, a $1115 option which I would omit if I were buying a performance car; 18″ chromed wheels ($230); manually controlled air-conditioning ($1200); premium acoustic headliner ($195), and some really sharp looking sport metallic pedals for $150.

The Solstice seems to be a love-it-or-hate-it design. I’ve always maintained that I find the Saturn Sky more aesthetically appealing, but after getting down and dirty with the Solstice for some pictures I am liking the looks of it more and more.

I’ve only been in the vehicle for a short time so far so I obviously haven’t had a chance to poke around at all the features and get to know it intimately. So far, though, I am liking it, more so than I expected I would. Perhaps I didn’t give it enough credit until got behind the wheel myself and started it up.

2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP
MSRP as tested: $39,345

For more information on Pontiac and the Solstice visit GM Canada

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