RE: Saturn Sky | Spotted

RE: Saturn Sky | Spotted

Thursday 8th August 2019

Saturn Sky | Spotted

It may only be August, but it's never too early for a little bit of Saturnalia...



In 2005 Pontiac launched the Solstice, a small, two-seat roadster promising an American take on the formula which cars like the Mazda MX-5 and Honda S2000 had so successfully capitalised on for years. Its sister car, the Saturn Sky, arrived a year later; identical beneath the skin in practically every way, the Saturn offered a crisper, more angular alternative to the Pontiac's soft, rounded styling.

The siblings - and the Solstice in particular - were rather successful, despite their relatively modest performance. In a nation used to V8 muscle, the 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine they shared produced just 177hp and 173lb ft. Despite both cars weighing just slightly over 1,300kg, that was only good enough for a 0-60mph time of 7.0-seconds and a top speed of 123mph.


What we have for you today is no regular Saturn Sky, though. Its revised front bumper and unique rear badging give it away as a Red Line, while the performance numbers quoted in the ad allude to the presence of the dealer-fit turbo upgrade kit. What does this mean? Well, 290hp and 325lb ft for starters, allowing the 0-60 sprint to be completed over a second and a half quicker, in 5.2 seconds, while top speed is increased to 141mph.

The handling ought to have benefitted similarly, too, thanks to the addition of a limited-slip diff, 'StabiliTrak' stability control and uprated sports suspension, along with 18-inch wheels sporting more focussed 245/45 Goodyear Eagle F1 tyres. Inside, the standard steering wheel was replaced with a leather-wrapped item complete with infotainment controls, there were stainless steel pedals, unique gauges and Red Line embroidery on the seats and floor mats.


An improvement, then, and certainly one which makes this Sky worthy of a second look. Unfortunately today's Spotted is equipped with the optional automatic transmission, rather than the five-speed manual which enthusiastic drivers would surely prefer. Aside from that, though, it seems like great value for money; Β£9,500 for a 19,000-mile sportscar, putting out the best part of 300hp and hitting 60mph quicker than the original Ariel Atom.

It's the only one in the UK too, apparently, so if it's exclusivity that you're after then look no further. Opel did sell its own version of the Sky, the Opel GT, in Europe for a three year spell, but it never reached these shores. It's not hard to imagine, though, how the Sky could appeal to someone in the market for a comfortable-yet-powerful roadster which stands out from the crowd. American cars are often lamented for not delivering the same experience abroad as they do at home, but with its relatively diminutive proportions and enhanced suspension, could this Saturn be the exception to the rule? Or is that just blue sky thinking...


SPECIFICATION - SATURN SKY

Engine: 2,000cc, four-cylinder
Transmission: Five-speed auto, rear-wheel-drive
Power (hp): 290@7,150rpm
Torque (lb ft): 325
CO2: N/A
MPG: It's American...
First registered: 2007
Recorded mileage: 19,000
Price new: $30,115
Yours for: Β£9,500

See the full ad here

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aarondbs

Original Poster:

719 posts

101 months

Thursday 8th August 2019
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Not for me. This looks OK but it’s LHD, the dealer fit turbo kit reduced the engine from a 2.4 to a 2.0 (yes it is a parrot) which I am sure can’t be right and there are far better offerings for the same money with proper engines and steering on the correct side.

cerb4.5lee

15,288 posts

135 months

Thursday 8th August 2019
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Auto! cry

I love that it is a very rare car though for sure.

TartanPaint

1,794 posts

94 months

Thursday 8th August 2019
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No room in my garage, but I'd have that just because it's different. Nice spot, spotted!

Augustus Windsock

2,067 posts

110 months

Thursday 8th August 2019
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Woke up
Clicked onto PH
Saw headline ‘Saturn sky: Spotted’
Thought it was sequel to Tom Cruise movie ‘Vanilla Sky’
Read article
Realised my mistake
Went back to sleep...

cookie1600

1,405 posts

116 months

Thursday 8th August 2019
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Why would you not buy a RHD VX220 Turbo for a little more money instead?

stuckmojo

2,093 posts

143 months

Thursday 8th August 2019
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this was sold in Europe (not in UK) as the Opel GT.

Turbobanana

2,352 posts

156 months

Thursday 8th August 2019
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cookie1600 said:
Why would you not buy a RHD VX220 Turbo for a little more money instead?
Because you want something that isn't a RHD VX220? We don't do different very well though, do we? Witness the number of greyblacksilverwhite Euroboxes we all drive around in.

Vocht

1,469 posts

119 months

Thursday 8th August 2019
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I always liked the look of these things but for the best part of £10k there is a long long list of cars I'd have before this... 987 Boxster S, Z4 35iS, S2000, TTS to name a few....

soad

30,612 posts

131 months

Thursday 8th August 2019
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Doesn’t appeal.

Almani

7 posts

99 months

Thursday 8th August 2019
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And no pictures of the interior .......... How does anyone create an ad without showing the interior - it's probably the bit that counts the most in a buying decision.

soad

30,612 posts

131 months

Thursday 8th August 2019
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Almani said:
And no pictures of the interior .......... How does anyone create an ad without showing the interior - it's probably the bit that counts the most in a buying decision.
Google image search will provide plenty, chap.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturn_Sky#/media/...

Aletsch

124 posts

98 months

Thursday 8th August 2019
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Did not know these existed, neither in this guise, nor the Opel GT version (although really like the original Opel GT). Think the add nor the colour does it justice, but I sort of like the overall design.
Bit similar to this happy chappy here:




Must be a real fan though to buy this as a left hooker in the UK...

simonrockman

5,955 posts

210 months

Thursday 8th August 2019
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I've had VX220 and would have another in a heartbeat, but the exclusivity of this really appeals to me.

BFleming

2,235 posts

98 months

Thursday 8th August 2019
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Aletsch said:
Must be a real fan though to buy this as a left hooker in the UK...
I've found a lot of middle-of-the-road US cars start their UK residence as a US forces car that gets sold here rather than flown back to the US. My point being that often people don't personally import these from the US. And in the case of this particular car, why would you? I am not a fan, and I've seen them for years in Europe as the aforementioned Opel GT. Just a Pontiac Solstice with different badges (Opel / Saturn).

rodericb

2,150 posts

81 months

Thursday 8th August 2019
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aarondbs said:
Not for me. This looks OK but it’s LHD, the dealer fit turbo kit reduced the engine from a 2.4 to a 2.0 (yes it is a parrot) which I am sure can’t be right and there are far better offerings for the same money with proper engines and steering on the correct side.
The car came in a base version which had the 2.4l NA Ecotec engine. The other version of the car is the Redline which has the 2.0l Turbo Ecotec and then there was a dealer fit turbo upgrade which made it pump out another 30hp, resulting in the 290hp in the article above.

WCZ

7,670 posts

149 months

Thursday 8th August 2019
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cookie1600 said:
Why would you not buy a RHD VX220 Turbo for a little more money instead?
£5.5k more which relative to the price is quite a lot more

maybe lowered on different wheels this would look much better imo

Cheapstraightsix

269 posts

94 months

Thursday 8th August 2019
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Can imagine parts would be fun to find.

Assume it will be sold with one but odd it’s been listed for same yet not got an MOT currently.

gofasterrosssco

1,155 posts

191 months

Thursday 8th August 2019
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No idea why some are comparing to a VX220 - completely unrelated, other than it uses a variant of the 2.2 Ecotec engine found in some VX220's (as did most GM products of that time). Oh and its made by a GM subsidiary.

You'd be closer comparing it to a Corvette of the same vintage..

Oh and I doubt it will be a dealer fit upgrade (unless they're swapping powertrains) - original 2.4L LE5 engine is quite different (same engine family) from the 2.0 Turbo LNF engine fitted to this (plenty tuning options available), which is an earlier version of the last Astra J VXR engine.

Edited by gofasterrosssco on Thursday 8th August 13:50

RoverP6B

4,163 posts

83 months

Thursday 8th August 2019
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It's a good-looking car, but how badly do you not want an MX5, S2000, Z4 or even a Chimaera? They were supposedly pretty mediocre to drive, and in this case rarity doesn't equal prestige...

Mike 83

48 posts

15 months

Thursday 8th August 2019
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Type hoovies garage saturn into you tube he did a piece on the car and from what I remember he really liked it.