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The clouds are clearing and the Sky is almost ready to appear in showrooms, yet Saturn is already giving buyers a reason to get into a different line at the dealership: the 2007 Saturn Sky Red Line.
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Under the 2007 Saturn Sky Red Line’s hood is an Ecotec 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection four cylinder engine making 260 horsepower at 5,300 rpm and 260 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,500 rpm. That’s a significant bump over the standard Sky’s 170-horsepower four banger, thanks to a dual-scroll turbo with a lightweight turbine, air-to-air intercooler, and dual-cam phasing that optimizes valve timing at lower revs to help create a broad torque band and eliminate turbo lag.
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A standard five-speed manual transmission delivers power to the 2007 Saturn Sky Red Line’s big 18-inch rear wheels, and a five-speed automatic is optional.
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Thanks in part to a 3.73 rear axle ratio and limited-slip rear differential, the 2007 Sky Red Line will dash from zero to 60 mph in about 5.5 seconds according to Saturn, regardless of which transmission you choose.
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Hardware upgrades for the 2007 Saturn Sky Red Line include a sport-tuned suspension, four-wheel-disc brakes with ABS, and a StabiliTrak stability control system. Saturn says the 2007 Sky Red Line boasts a near 50:50 weight distribution for optimum handling.
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To differentiate the 2007 Saturn Sky Red Line from the standard model, Saturn has added dual chrome tipped exhaust outlets, polished 18-inch wheels, and a unique front fascia with brake cooling vents and black headlight surrounds.
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Inside, the 2007 Saturn Sky Red Line gets embroidered seatbacks and floor mats, metallic sill plates and pedals, a special gauge cluster, and a turbo boost meter in the Driver Information Center.
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Pricing hasn’t been announced for the 2007 Saturn Sky Red Line, but if we had to guess, we’d say this car is going to start in the high $20,000 range and rise to just more than 30K with every option. That’s before any “market adjustment” that the dealer puts on the sticker. An on-sale date hasn’t been set, other than “before the end of the calendar year.” Imagine how great this will look with a big red bow on Christmas morning.
Photos courtesy of General Motors
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