MORGAN TWP, PA, USA
Up for auction is this 2008 Saturn Sky Red Line, finished in white over a black and red leather interior with a black fabric convertible top, with the turbocharged 260 hp four-cylinder motor, and a five-speed manual transmission. This example of a very rare version of a very rare car is in excellent shape, and has only 23,034 miles.
While most people don’t really think of the relatively short-lived Saturn nameplate as the home for GM performance, this Red Line edition Sky is a legitimate, no-excuses, fun and fast two-seat sports car. Sharing the platform with the Solstice, a model from the dearly departed Pontiac nameplate, the vast majority of these Saturn roadsters came equipped with a 2.4 liter four cylinder motor, with 173 hp – certainly enough to make it competitive with the Mazda Miata, its intended competition. The Red Line package, however, adds a 2.0 liter turbo motor with 260 hp, a sport suspension with 18-inch wheels, Stability control, a leather wrapped steering wheel, and a digital boost gauge. This makes the light and good-handling Sky a genuinely capable canyon-carver, with the speed and power to make it more than a Sunday cruiser.
A hard vehicle to find both when new and especially now, a low-mileage example like this is a real opportunity to own a rare and interesting alternative to the usual small two-seater options.
This Sky Red Line is finished in white, and with the low mileage, is in excellent condition. Everything on the exterior is completely stock, as constructed from the factory. The paint is free from scuffs or dings, and the nose is clean as well. The chromed 18’ factory alloy wheels are in excellent shape, with no curb rash or pitting. The black fabric convertible top is in as-new condition, with no rips or tears, and a clear rear window. When the top is retracted, beneath the body color tonneau cover, the clear wind deflector mounted between the headrests meant to prevent backdraft is present and in excellent condition.
The black leather interior, with red leather inserts, presents very well. The drivers seat, steering wheel, and shifter are all in excellent condition, with little evidence of use or wear, and the rest of the interior looks brand new as well. All gauges and controls are in perfect working order, and are in as-new appearance and condition.
The heart of the Red Line edition of the Sky is the 2.0 liter turbo four, which GM used as it’s performance motor for smaller cars across the brands. More than just a regular Ecotec motor with a turbo bolted on, this carefully developed version benefits from a twin-scroll turbocharger, direct injection, sodium-filled exhaust valves controlled with variable valve timing, and a forged steel crankshaft and connecting rods to withstand boost pressure. The resulting 260 hp and 260 ft/lbs of torque is a stout power unit, and when coupled to the Aisin 5-speed manual transmission, makes a for a compelling drivers car.
This is both A) an easy car to forget had ever existed, and B) a very rewarding car to own, and make you wonder why the GM shut the Saturn division down. It’s both a great story to tell, and a car good enough to speak for itself. This low mileage example makes it worth investigating very seriously, and as a potential tuning project, this motor was popular enough that a variety of upgrades are still available for it. Either way, the Sky Red Line makes a great case for itself as a potential purchase.
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