|Manufacturer||Saturn (General Motors)|
|Also called||Opel GT
|Assembly||Wilmington, Delaware, USA|
|Designer||Franz von Holzhausen|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||2-door roadster|
|Platform||GM Kappa platform|
|Engine||2.4 L LE5 I4
2.0 L t/c LNF I4
|Transmission||5-speed Aisin AR5 manual
5-speed 5L40-E automatic
|Wheelbase||95.1 in (2,416 mm)|
|Length||161.1 in (4,092 mm)|
|Width||71.4 in (1,814 mm)|
|Height||50.2 in (1,275 mm)|
|Curb weight||2,940 lb (1,330 kg) (Base) or 3,071 lb (1,393 kg) (Red Line)|
The Saturn Sky is a roadster that was produced by Saturn, and was initially released in the first quarter of 2006 as a 2007 model. It uses the Kappa automobile platform shared with the Pontiac Solstice and Opel GT. The Sky concept was shown at the 2005 North American International Auto Show, with the production version following at the 2006 show. It was built at GM's Wilmington, Delaware plant, alongside the Solstice and the Opel GT. The Sky features 18-inch (457 mm) wheels and a 2.4 L Ecotec LE5 straight-4 engine that produces 177 hp (132 kW), a new straight-4 2.0 L turbocharged direct injected engine that makes 260 hp (194 kW) as well as an optional dealer-installed turbo upgrade kit that makes 290 hp (216 kW). Both five-speed manual and automatic transmissions are available.
The styling for the Sky, penned by Franz von Holzhausen, was based on the Vauxhall VX Lightning Concept's design. It was available in some European markets as the Opel GT. A rebadged version named the Daewoo G2X was unveiled as a concept vehicle for the South Korean market in 2006. The production version was released in September 2007. The Sky, Solstice, GT, and G2X were built in Wilmington, Delaware. The aggressive styling garnered praise as a welcome departure from traditional Saturn design. The Wilmington Assembly plant closed in July 2009, ending production as both the Pontiac and Saturn nameplates were retired.
A Red Line model of the Sky was introduced on April 11, 2006 at the New York Auto Show. It uses the same 260 hp (194 kW) turbocharged Ecotec engine as the Solstice GXP and Opel GT, as well as the same standard 5-speed Aisin manual transmission. An automatic transmission is optional.
The Red Line had a standard torque-sensing limited-slip differential, standard StabiliTrak stability control, and an enhanced sport suspension over the standard Sky (available as a dealer-add on for regular Skys). Other exterior enhancements included dual exhausts, 18-inch wheels, and a specific front fascia modeled for the Red Line. On the inside the Red Line had a special leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, special embroidery on the seats and floormats, metallic door sill covers and stainless steel pedals, special tachometer and gauges, and a digital boost gauge in the Driver Information Center. The Red Line model started shipping in the third quarter of 2006, with a retail price starting at $29,795.
|Base||2.4 L LE5 I4||177 hp (132 kW)||173 lb·ft (235 N·m)||5-speed Aisin AR-5 manual, or
5-speed GM 5L40-E automatic)
|Red Line||2.0 L LNF I4||260 hp (194 kW)||260 lb·ft (353 N·m)|
|Red Line with
Turbo Upgrade Kit
|2.0 L LNF I4||290 hp (216 kW)||340 lb·ft (461 N·m) (MT)
325 lb·ft (441 N·m) (AT)
2007 Saturn Sky (Base model) specifications:
- 0-60 mph (97 km/h): 6.9 seconds
- 0-100 mph (160 km/h): 21.9 seconds
- 1/4 mile: 15.2 seconds @ 88 mph (142 km/h)
- Top speed: 123 mph (198 km/h) drag limited
- 70 mph (110 km/h)-0 mph braking: 174 ft (53 m)
- 300 ft (91 m) skidpad: 0.86 g
- EPA fuel economy: 20 mpg-US (12 L/100 km; 24 mpg-imp) city/28 mpg-US (8.4 L/100 km; 34 mpg-imp) highway
Source: Car and Driver http://media.caranddriver.com/files/2007-saturn-sky2007-saturn-sky-specs.pdf
2007 Saturn Sky Red Line (turbo model, without Turbo Upgrade Kit) specifications:
- 0-60 mph (97 km/h): 5.1 seconds
- 0-100 mph (160 km/h): 14.7 seconds
- 1/4 mile: 14.0 seconds @ 98 mph (158 km/h)
- Top speed: 141 mph (227 km/h) drag limited
- 70 mph (110 km/h)-0 mph braking: 168 ft (51 m)
- 300 ft (91 m) skidpad: 0.87 g
- EPA fuel economy: 19 mpg-US (12 L/100 km; 23 mpg-imp) city / ?? highway
For the 2008 model year, GM offered the Carbon Flash Special Edition Saturn Sky. Unlike the two Limited Edition models launched later in 2009, its production was slightly higher at 550 units. The Carbon Flash Special Edition featured a unique metallic Carbon Flash paint color, removable silver racing stripe standard, and Monsoon premium audio standard. The largest differentiator however, is Carbon Flash Edition's silver inserts in the interior seating and steering wheel that provide a black-on-silver appearance.
For the 2009 model year, GM launched two limited-edition Saturn Sky roadsters jointly; Ruby Red Special Edition and Hydro Blue Limited Edition. Both are VIN-coded and some blue books track it as a limited edition vehicle. All limited editions featured Monsoon premium stereos.
The Ruby Red Edition featured the Ruby Red color and a unique, removable carbon racing stripe that was exclusive to the 500 Sky units produced in this trim.
The Hydro Blue Edition featured a Hydro Blue color, as well as matching blue-colored stitching in the seats and gear shifter. Also, the word Sky stitched into the seats is changed to matching-blue color as well. All Hydro Blue Edition Saturn Sky units were sold with the removable silver racing stripe.
GM had planned to make 500 Hydro Blue units to match the 500 Ruby Red Special Edition Sky build count. However, Hydro Blue units were being built as GM was declaring bankruptcy, resulting in the immediate termination of the Kappa platform. As such, only 89 Hydro Blue Edition Saturn Sky roadsters were built.
The Hydro Blue paint color (and seat/shifter blue stitching) was offered on the Pontiac Solstice. However, it is not VIN coded as a unique/limited edition, racing stripes were not standard, and seats do not have blue-colored lettering. Hydro Blue is the rarest color in all three vehicles; Sky Roadster, Solstice Roadster, and Solstice Coupe.
Starting in April 2009 the Wilmington, DE. plant was business as usual and pre-production builds began for the 2010 model year. Between April 21, 2009 and May 28, 2009 thirty 2010 model year VIN-coded cars were built on the Kappa platform. Of those, 8 were Saturn SKYs. The other remaining included 12 Pontiac Solstice Coupes, eight Pontiac Solstice roadsters, and two Opel GTs. They were then used as GM company vehicles to be evaluated and also as special event display vehicles. These vehicles were built to the 2010 model year specs with 2010 model year changes and had legal 2010 VIN numbers. Following the end of use term within the GM fleet, the vehicles were sent to auction. All 8 2010 SKYs were purchased by the same dealer in Minnesota and subsequently sold as used vehicles. Among changes to the SKY for the 2010 model year were the addition of remote start on automatic equipped cars, option package changes and additions, and three new colors. Those colors were Kinetic Blue, Opus Green, and Dark Labryinth Metalic. No 2010's were built in Opus Green.
2010 SKYs Produced
- SKY, Black Lt. Cashmere Leather Tan LE5 Auto Chrome Air
- SKY Redline, Kinetic Blue Black Leather Black LNF Auto Polished Air
- SKY Redline, Black Red Leather Black LNF Auto Polished Air
- SKY Redline, Dk Labryinth Met Black Leather Black LNF Auto Chrome Air
- SKY, Black Lt. Cashmere Leather Tan LE5 Manual Chrome
- SKY Redline, Black Black Leather Black LNF Auto Chrome Air
- SKY Redline, Dk Labryinth Met Black Leather Black LNF Manual Chrome Air
- SKY, Dk Labryinth Met Black Leather Black LE5 Auto Chrome
Production by model year
|Model Year||Total Saturn Sky Production|
As the above statement reads the plant closed in July 2009. In the final days of production, thirty 2010 model year VIN-coded cars were built on the Kappa platform: Eight Saturn SKYs, 12 Pontiac Solstice Coupes, eight Pontiac Solstice Convertibles, and two Opel GTs.
Yearly American sales
|Calendar Year||Total American sales|
An extremely modified Saturn Sky competes in the Formula D drifting series, sponsored by Falken Tires. It produces 800 hp and sports an aluminum turbocharged V8 that displaces 6.7 liters. The car was built by Autosport Dynamics.
- Pontiac Solstice
- Vauxhall VX220 and Opel Speedster – European-market predecessors, both based on the Lotus Elise and built by Lotus Cars
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