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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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