This thing is so cool! When I first saw it, I fell it love with it. While it may look like a normal Pontiac Solstice, it doesn’t perform like one. That’s because inside the little roadster beats the heart of a Corvette. That’s right! All the horsepower of the Corvette slammed into a little Pontiac Solstice.
Hard to believe a big Corvette V8 can fit into a car no bigger than a Mazda Miata. The installation looks like a factory job as well and Mallett Cars, the creator of this monster, backs up their work with a 2 year 24,000 mile warranty.
How fast is this piece of automotive technology? Magazine tests shows the Mallett Solstice can hit 0-60MPH in 4.4 seconds and cover the quarter mile in 12.8 seconds at 113 MPH. It can also do 1.02G on the skidpad. While the performance numbers do look impressive, they can be a lot better. The test Solstice had very low stock transmission gearing. This is needed because a normal Solstice is a four banger. However, with a big V8 under the hood, such short gearing is not needed. It takes two shifts to get to 60MPH. A Corvette Z06 can hit 60MPH without shifting out of first. Mallet does offer a higher ratio gearing option to increase performance. I would take it.
Only 100 Mallett LS2 V8 Solstice will be built, with a base price of $18,000 (not including the car, which sells for $19,000). I am really tempted to buy it! Could you just imagine the look on the Miata driver’s face when you disappear from him? That’ll be something to blog about!