This car is a blast... and a real head-turner. It's probably the most under rated/reported sports car in this price range. I wanted the V6 because the car's weight seemed to justify the beefier engine. This baby along with the manual 6speed can really push you into your seat when accelerating through the gears. Much more power and speed then I anticipated... but great Fun!
Since summer the top is always down and the sound system rocks. Hey this is what having a convertible sports car is all about. I love it!
The only negative aspects of the car are indeed the poor rear and side visibility pointed out by others when the top is up and the poor quality of the interior plastic that marks quite easily. The car is so far totally reliable and I had excellent service at the dealer for the normal warranty schedule.
Just traded a Miata for a 2008 with 9,000k. I agree with the purists: the Spyder is not a real sports car (front-wheel drive pretty much closes the argument on that). But it has good looks, great interior, room to spare in driving position and very good performance with the V6 6 speed manual transmission and all this in better than average comfort. The car also made sense budget-wise. I feel I have the best of both worlds: a car that offers sports-like performance and looks with more room and comfort than a lot of more expensive two seaters. Good-looking, but with brains! A word for the torque issue: real, but only if you really push hard the revs, otherwise OK. Mine is triple-black. Love it
Easy automatic top-down, quality of top,good insulation against noise when up, less wind factor than expected when top-down, fit and finish better than average, good driving position, exhaust noise just loud enough. Great looks.
Few more inches for back-seat leg room. More trunk space. Better interior door design: electric windows buttons are in conflict with the door handle trying to reach it and the "map" storage room at the bottom is so small it's a joke.
First off this is not a dealer review. I saw the Pontiac Solstice in a Bon Jovi video and it got me thinking I should have a new car. I went out and test drove the Pontiac. Next I drove the Spyder. There was no comparison. In the Spyder you have enough room in the truck to put a set of golf clubs and some extra stuff. Also you have enough room in the back seat to squeeze someone if you have to for a short ride or more realistically use for additional storage. I have no complaints except for the blind spot when the top is up.
Speed, power, sound system.
Navigation system, remove blind spot, make turning tighter and add to the breaking ability.
The 2008 Spyder GT V6 manual is a striking beast right out the gate - very powerful, torquey, yet a smooth and cushioned ride. I've driven the 2007 model as well. The 08 adds 18" wheels in place of 17". The handling is phenomenal. The smooth, quick stick and power make this an incredible sports convertible. The top operates deftly. Sirius sat radio is also standard. Downshifting and passing is joy. My car is black and I keep it washed. It gets stares wherever I drive in southern california.
Handles bends beautifully. Power at 260 and torque about the same make this a contender on the freeway. Killer looks. Awesome tonneau-top mechanism, very space age. 650w stereo with the striking sub woofer turns heads. Deep throated sound at low gears/speed makes the neighbors nod. Futuristic lights.
Weight at about 3650 lb is a bit much. The dash display which shows compass, temperature is boring - needs to be striking. Need a little more room next to the gas pedal to rest right foot. Rear visibility is poor with the top up, but since I live in Los Angeles it doesn't matter as I drive topdown.