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Old 05-27-05, 04:43 PM
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Badass: Saturn Sky

OMG. I guess sluggish sales will quickly change ones mind about never making a convertible. This car is amazing. The horsepower(170) is pretty paltry, compared to the red line series, but a definite improvement over the regular line.

2007 Saturn Sky

By Jim McCraw

On Sale: Early 2006
Expected Pricing: Starting below $25,000

A two-seat roadster is about as far from the original basic-transportation-for-small-money charter of the original Saturn Corporation as you can get, but Saturn is taking a deliberate turn upmarket with this Sky roadster and the coming Aura sedan.

Saturn is no longer a separate company from GM the way it was, and all of its future products will be built on one of GM's platforms from around the world. In the case of the Sky roadster, it is built on GM's small rear-drive Kappa platform that so far is shared only with the coming Pontiac Solstice roadster.

The platform has everything it takes to be a successful fun roadster, including 245-series 18-inch tires and wheels, coil-over Bilstein monotube shock absorbers, rack-and-pinion power steering, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, hydraulic engine mounts to calm down engine vibrations, and near 50/50 weight distribution. The platform features a structural central tunnel design, and it is the first platform to use both hydroformed longitudinal frame rails and hydroformed body panels. Hydroforming, bending steel with water pressure, makes for a very stiff but lightweight chassis that results in greater vehicle response and better handling, says GM.

The simple mechanical top mechanism stows away in the trunk under the decklid with those slick headrests built in, and is held in place with a single twist latch in the windshield frame and two pins on the body. GM puts the Sky's weight at about 2860 pounds.

The Saturn Sky was inspired by the GM Vauxhall VX Lightning concept created at GM's Advanced Design Studio in Birmingham, England, which is why it looks so completely un-Saturn, with lots of chrome in the grille, lots of brightwork in the interior, and a definite European flavor.

The 2007 Saturn Sky will have a 170-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with variable valve timing and the buyer's choice of five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. Saturn pegs the price of the Sky at less than $25,000. It will be built at the company's Wilmington, Delaware plant starting in 2006.









More info can obviously be found at Saturn.com
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Was expecting a picture from Saturn.
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Was expecting a picture from Saturn.

Me too. with rings even.
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I thought there was going to be a new version of the Sega Saturn codenamed Sky.
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Ditto.

Pretty cool looking car though...
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I hate Saturn probably as much as anyone on the planet, but I must say, that's not a bad looking car.
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Do you think it looks as good as this car?
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From the specs, it will look nice, but will probably be less sporty than a miata.
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This is the same car as the new Pontiac that was revealed a month ago on The Apprentice I think.
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Old 05-27-05, 07:33 PM
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It is. It's way better looking than the Pontiac Solstice too. I think there was a thread about it.

Anyway, all they have to do is offer a redline turbo version.
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Old 05-27-05, 07:40 PM
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I thought this was gonna be a Foole thread.
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Old 05-27-05, 08:22 PM
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I saw one of these at the Mpls Autoshow. Very cool looking car and I'm sure it'll sell pretty well.

I couldn't fit in one of course...but others will like it
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Originally Posted by asabase
It is. It's way better looking than the Pontiac Solstice too. I think there was a thread about it.

Anyway, all they have to do is offer a redline turbo version.
Yep. I suppose I wouldn't mind 170HP, but 200-220HP would've been much more pleasing.
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I thought Saturn Sky was a porn actress with a bad ass.
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Old 05-27-05, 10:41 PM
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Uranus would have a bad ass.
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Old 05-27-05, 11:13 PM
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not nearly as badass as a planet
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Old 05-28-05, 12:53 AM
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Pretty cool looking!
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Old 05-28-05, 06:12 AM
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Originally Posted by DVD Polizei
Yep. I suppose I wouldn't mind 170HP, but 200-220HP would've been much more pleasing.
I'm betting this will be the 1st year entry level to make more of a profit and add it to the red line the following year.
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I'd buy that for a dollar
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Old 05-28-05, 10:32 AM
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That's pretty cool looking! I'd eventually love to have one of the less expensive roadsters (Miata, MR-2 Spyder, this one). I'll probably end up getting a used Miata since I don't think I'd want to spend very much on what ultimately would be a toy car.

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