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Re: Sporty Cars
« Reply #364 on: May 05, 2020, 02:52:03 PM »
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« Reply #365 on: May 05, 2020, 02:52:29 PM »
I was going to come down but everyone's at the Beach
Good point, I'll add that to the list.

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Re: Sporty Cars
« Reply #366 on: May 05, 2020, 03:01:18 PM »


This is a car I have liked and regretted its demise.  If equipped with a standard turbo 4 and manual, it would be quite spiffy.  It still looks contemporary (this is the 2009 model).  There was a Pontiac version of it.  And I fit in the thing, unlike a Miata.

I sort of hoped maybe Camaro would go this way.  I suspect the Camaro "market" is not of this ilk, and it is slated to die soon also.


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« Reply #367 on: May 05, 2020, 03:07:54 PM »
Saturn Sky/Pontiac Solstice.  One of my stepsons had a used one about the time he was graduating from OU.  He thought it was "OK," but not much more than that.

They were a victim of GM's bankruptcy in 2009.

The Saturn and Pontiac nameplates both went into retirement.
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« Reply #368 on: May 05, 2020, 03:07:57 PM »


This is a car I have liked and regretted its demise.  If equipped with a standard turbo 4 and manual, it would be quite spiffy.  It still looks contemporary (this is the 2009 model).  There was a Pontiac version of it.  And I fit in the thing, unlike a Miata.

I sort of hoped maybe Camaro would go this way.  I suspect the Camaro "market" is not of this ilk, and it is slated to die soon also.
Wasn't that thing FWD? 

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« Reply #369 on: May 05, 2020, 03:09:45 PM »
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« Reply #370 on: May 05, 2020, 03:09:59 PM »
Not sure I ever even saw that Saturn version.  I did see the Pontiac Solstice and thought it looked pretty cool, but I think I like the styling on the Saturn even better.  Here's the Pontiac:


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« Reply #371 on: May 05, 2020, 03:29:14 PM »
No.
In that case it's interesting. Apparently the turbo version put out 340 torques and 290 hp too... Which would be fun in that little package.

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« Reply #372 on: May 05, 2020, 04:24:04 PM »
My recollection is that the Sky/Solstice didn't drive especially sporty, at least not among the mass-released models. They looked good, but relied on too many pre-existing--and not sporty--GM parts and pieces to really perform as one would hope a car that looks like that should.

It's as though GM forgot any lessons learned from the Fiero.

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Re: Sporty Cars
« Reply #373 on: May 05, 2020, 04:25:19 PM »
That Sky with a current 2.0 L turbo and 6 speed manual would be choice, I think.  They could even have MHD shocks as an option perhaps.

Cadillac had a very different show car they called the "Ciel" a few years back.

Ciel is French for sky, hence our word "ceiling".  Now you learned something new.

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« Reply #374 on: May 05, 2020, 04:36:38 PM »
A 1918 Chevy V-8.  Ya learn somethin' new every day!
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« Reply #375 on: May 05, 2020, 04:37:00 PM »
Here's the first rear-engined car to run the Indy 500, the Cooper T54, which ran as high as 3rd and finished 9th.



It looks tiny compared to both the prevailing-at-the-time Indy roadsters and to Indy cars of today.  And how about those wheels and tires?
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« Reply #376 on: May 05, 2020, 04:40:02 PM »
the wheels may have been original, but not the tires

looks like a Cooper T84
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« Reply #377 on: May 05, 2020, 04:42:30 PM »
That Sky with a current 2.0 L turbo and 6 speed manual would be choice, I think.  They could even have MHD shocks as an option perhaps.

Cadillac had a very different show car they called the "Ciel" a few years back.

Ciel is French for sky, hence our word "ceiling".  Now you learned something new.
I remember as a kid reading in an old copy of Air Classics about the "Pou du Ciel" in an article of fantastic home-built/designed airplanes.


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