Saturn Sky

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The Saturn Sky, produced for just three model years, was a two-seat convertible produced by GM's Saturn brand. It was the only sports car and the only convertible ever made by Saturn, which was shut down in the 2009 bankruptcy and government-backed restructuring of General Motors.

The Sky was derived from the same platform on which the related Pontiac Solstice was built. The Sky had entirely different styling, created by Franz von Holzhausen--who is now better known for his work on the Tesla Model S electric luxury sedan. The lines of the Sky were still aggressive, but more straight-edged and restrained where the Solstice was rounded and extroverted.

Compared to the Solstice, the Saturn Sky offered more standard equipment--including 18-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, anti-lock brakes, and keyless entry. Both cars, however, shared all their running gear and the same choice of two engines.

MORE: For more details, see our full 2009 Saturn Sky review.

The base Sky engine was a 177-horsepower 2.4-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine, which could be ordered with either a five-speed automatic transmission or a five-speed manual gearbox. The more powerful Sky Red Line model used a 260-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four, along with uprated mechanicals that included suspension modifications, traction control, a limited-slip differential, plus various appearance and trim upgrades. A turbo performance upgrade package with revised engine control software and two additional sensors could be installed by the dealer to boost that to 290 hp.

Like the Solstice, the Sky was a grab-bag of mechanical and interior parts from other vehicles in the GM lineup. They came from Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, HUMMER, Pontiac, and the European Opel/Vauxhall brands. Side-view mirrors and air-conditioning vents were even borrowed from a Fiat model, since GM owned a share of Fiat at the time.

The result was a good-looking car that, like the better-selling Solstice, handled well and delivered excellent performance with the turbo engine. The Sky remained challenging to use in practice, however. The two-seat roadster had very little interior storage or luggage space, putting the top up and down was time-consuming and finicky, and the powertrain lacked refinement.

First shown as a concept car at the 2005 Detroit Auto Show, the Saturn Sky went into production as a 2007 model and lasted two model years. A total of 32,500 Skys were built over three years, plus an additional 7,500 Opel GT models--effectively a rebadged Sky, fitted only with the 2.0-liter turbo and manual, that was sold in left-hand-drive European markets. In addition, a tiny number of Skys were sold in Korea as the Daewoo D2X.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015
2008 Saturn Sky 2-Door Convertible Red Line

A fun styling roadable car with very little cabin storage space for even pencils, etc.!!

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I love the styling lines of the Redline's exterior. Interior look and feel is good. I really was drawn to the "cockpit" feel of the interior space. It fits me like a glove and I like that, but larger people... + More »
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
2008 Saturn Sky 2-Door Convertible Red Line

The turbo: A beautiful looking car with the horsepower power to match.

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A beautiful car that's fun to drive. Too bad they cut corners on the interior. As the flagship vehicle for the Saturn brand, they could have offered more luxury.
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Saturday, January 23, 2016
2007 Saturn Sky 2-Door Convertible

wonderful, wonderful, wonderful never had a better car

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I wish I had bought this new, although mine only had 26,632 mi when I bought it Nov 28,2015. So it's almost new, I love the way this car looks, handles, and feels, it is a true sports car. It corners like it's... + More »
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