Saturn Sky Redline

2007 Saturn Sky Red Line

2007 Saturn Sky Red Line (Image: NetCarShow.com)

We already wrote about the Pontiac Solstice GXP, one of the most exciting hi-mpg.org Hot Green Machines and sports cars produced by an American manufacturer. Shortly after the Solstice was unveiled, General Motors introduced a slightly more sophisticated corporate twin: the Saturn Sky Redline.

While its basic silhouette was the same as the Solstice’s, the Sky actually wore different sheetmetal panels for an edgier look. The interior also was more luxurious, if less classic than the Solstice’s traditional round gauge, chrome bezeled school of design.

The interior and exterior design of the Sky doesn’t stir our souls at hi-mpg.org quite as much as the Solstice’s, but some people may prefer the Sky’s less flamboyant look. In any case, it is handsome, elegant, and a looker.

Happily, the powerplant and suspension of the top-of-the-line Sky—the Red Line edition—is exactly the same as the Solstice GXP’s. This includes a 2.0L turbocharged Ecotec powerplant that actually achieved better fuel economy than the base model’s normally aspirated 2.4L engine, and also featured direct injection (a first for an American manufacturer), variable valve timing, dual-scroll turbocharger, 260 hp, and 260 lb-ft of torque. Sixty miles per hour could be reached in 5.5 seconds from a standstill.

We raved about the Pontiac Solstice, and virtually all of our praise (and criticisms) apply to the Sky. Choosing between the two mainly comes down to a preference in style. Solstices sold in greater numbers, so the Skys are harder to find.

[Note: this is one of the rare cases where the top version of a car model gets superior gas mileage than the base model. The Red Line version of the 2007 Saturn Sky was the only trim level that had an official window sticker that meets hi-mpg.org's 30 mpg criteria for Hot Green Machines, but we wouldn't blame you for considering other versions of the Sky as well.]

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