Drawing inspiration from classic sports cars, the 2009 Pontiac Solstice coupe looks just right for drivers who appreciate both dramatic styling and balanced performance.

Unveiled at the recent New York auto show as a GXP model, the new coupe builds on the success of the convertible model while offering a greater range of all-season driving oppor­- tunities.

The roofline has a “fastback” shape with stylized “rails” that run from the front of the roof to the rear, culminating in a stylish and functional ducktail-style rear spoiler.

For drivers still wanting an open-air experience, the coupe also features a removable roof panel, fully opening the cockpit to all the sensations of the road.

Despite its dramatic new look, engineers made only minor structural changes to create the Solstice coupe. The rear fenders and rear fascia are the same as those on the convertible. New taillight assemblies flow more smoothly into the tapered roofline.

Much of the coupe’s interior remains the same as that of the convertible. However, the area behind the seats was redesigned for easy access to the cargo area, and a storage tray was mounted directly behind the headrests.

The coupe is expected to arrive in Pontiac dealerships in early 2009.

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