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What it Is
2008 Saturn VUE Red Line -- 2007 Chicago Auto Show Preview: It seems Saturn wants to make everyone happy, or at least everyone shopping for a small crossover. As was the case with the outgoing version, the redesigned 2008 Saturn Vue will be available in three distinct versions – regular, Green Line, and Red Line. It’s the last one we’re interested in – the one with 250 horsepower, variable-valve timing, 18-inch alloys, and a sportier appearance. If there was ever any question in Saturn’s mind about putting the Red Line tag on the redesigned Vue, there shouldn’t have been. With the testosterone-deficient Toyota RAV4 pushing 269 horsepower and offering a Sport package, the Red Line is a no-brainer.
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What’s Under the Hood
The Saturn Vue may look like a little crossover, but when the words Red Line are added to the name, you can be sure there’s some punch under the hood. Power comes from a 3.6-liter V6 that pushes 250 horses at 6,500 rpm and 243 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,400 rpm. The engine, which utilizes a dual overhead cam design, features variable-valve timing and puts its muscle to the ground thanks to a manually-interactive six-speed automatic transmission. Front- and all-wheel-drive variants will be offered. The Vue Red Line will also sport a specially-tuned suspension for a more responsive driving character.
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What it Looks Like
Though it was only recently unveiled and has yet to hit the streets, variants of the 2008 Saturn Vue are emerging, including the sport-tuned Red Line. To match the power under its hood, the Vue Red Line features a more aggressive front fascia with notable air intakes and fog lights, as well as a revised tail treatment accented by a spoiler and dual chrome exhaust tips. Unique 18-inch alloys fill the wheel wells, and though it might be undetectable to the non-enthusiast’s eye, the Red Line actually sits a bit lower than the regular Vue. Finally, the dead giveaways are the chrome badges crossed by a single red line. Inside, the Red Line includes ebony leather with suede inserts, and a special gauge package.
Photos courtesy of Saturn and Thom Blackett
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