I remember so many rumors in the mid-late 2000s that there’d be a little Maser built on the GranTurismo platform. That car never materialized, but we did get a reasonably handsome roadster/coupe from Pontiac.
The Solstice wasn’t really a good car. The rubber trim wore out like crazy, it had a woefully bad five-speed auto very much from Old GM, the interior wasn’t anything to long for, and the handling was anything other than predictable.(1)
But if you rework the suspension, if you give it more power than it should ever need, if you make it into something like this V8-swapped drift car that runs at Englishtown, New Jersey, then you have what could be the Italianate sports car you’d dreamed of.
I trust that this is a well-built car, actually, given that it’s run by Irish pro drifting champion Eric O’Sullivan, who campaigned a LS-swapped Solstice in Formula Drift back in 2010, 2011, and 2012.
[UPDATE] Eric actually popped in (here’s his comment) to say that this car is not, in fact, a V8. It just runs a 350hp tuned Ecotec four. My thoughts on a V8 Solstice remain the same, and Eric does indeed hope to cram an LS3 under this yellow hood.
1. Hardigree, Matt. “2009 Pontiac Solstice GXP: Last Drive,” Jalopnik.com. 2009.