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Pontiac Solstice Coupe news - Transformer Undisguised - 2008
In a prime case of reality imitating art
(if you class big-budget Hollywood franchises as art, that is), Pontiac has
unveiled an actual Transformer at the New York Auto Show.
Well, sort of. This is the Pontiac
Solstice Coupe, a dead ringer for Jazz, the Autobot fella from last year’s
Transformers film. See, there has been a soft-top Solstice for a while now, but
Jazz was a hard-top (sadly not a Honda Jazz, as we’d been hoping for).
This led to all sorts of conspiracy
theories among Transformer aficionados (who do like a good conspiracy) that a
proper coupe Solstice was on the way. Which is was. A removable targa-style
hard-top, in fact, with a plastic shell and magnesium frame.
The Coupe comes in 2.4-litre naturally
aspirated or two-litre turbo petrol flavours, with a proper old-school
five-speed stick-shifter to confuse unwary Americans.
Of course, if you haven’t seen
Transformers, all this will leave you bit cold. In which case, we apologise.
But hey, it’s a nice-looking car. Don’t expect a UK release, though.