#TBT: Which was faster? NB Miata, NC Miata or Pontiac Solstice?

By Per Schroeder
May 16, 2024 | Mazda, Pontiac | Posted in Shop Work | From the Feb. 2006 issue | Never miss an article

There’s no doubt that the new Mazda MX-5 Miata and Pontiac Solstice are attractive cars, but appearance doesn’t mean much when you’ve got a helmet strapped on and are hurtling toward an apex at warp speed. The true sports car is not about being sporty looking—it’s about sports. Motorsports with a capital “M.” That’s where adrenaline and gasoline mix …

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J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
5/16/24 9:22 a.m.

The 2000s seem so far away now, yet the cars don't seem so old, especially when you still see them.

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
5/16/24 9:25 a.m.

In reply to J.A. Ackley :

I'm still having a hard time wrapping my around the fact that 2014 was 10 years ago.

DirtyBird222 PowerDork
5/16/24 9:37 a.m.

Let's just forget the best roadster of the 2000s. The S2000. 

camopaint0707 HalfDork
5/16/24 9:45 a.m.

meanwhile i'm just starting my dive into racing a solstice

amg_rx7 (Forum Supporter)
amg_rx7 (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
5/16/24 4:44 p.m.
camopaint0707 said:

meanwhile i'm just starting my dive into racing a solstice

Do tell :)

pointofdeparture GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
5/16/24 5:12 p.m.
DirtyBird222 said:

Let's just forget the best roadster of the 2000s. The S2000. 

I believe the testing was based on Solo 2 classing of the time, and in 2006 the S2K was classed above the base Solstice and Miatas.

GCrites Dork
5/16/24 6:12 p.m.

I wonder how long the dealer markups lasted on the Solstice considering we were getting close to 2007-2008.

Jerry PowerDork
5/17/24 8:48 a.m.

SWMBO still loves the Saturn Sky Red Line her mom gave her, turbo, either '07 or '08 I forget.  If it wasn't an auto I might enjoy it more.

Chris Tropea
Chris Tropea Associate Editor
5/17/24 9:13 a.m.

In reply to Jerry :

Someone on my street drives a Saturn Sky Red Line and its amazing how well they have aged. 

86Starion New Reader
5/17/24 2:29 p.m.

A good friend of mine autocrossed his Solstice in the central PA region for years. It was plenty quick! Pretty sure he raced in A stock though ... maybe he got the shaft on classing?

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