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(from General Motors
Press Release) Saturns much-in-demand Sky roadster has
helped usher in an unprecedented product renaissance, and it makes a
bold statement about the brands new design language that emphasizes
a bold, European-inspired look, as well as fun, responsive driving.
The affordable, head-turning performance roadster enters its second
model year of wowing driving enthusiasts without draining their bank
accounts. Built on GMs global rear-wheel-drive compact performance
platform, the Sky features a striking profile and sophisticated
interior design. For 2008, Saturn adds standard StabiliTrak
electronic stability control for more sure-footed travel; and a
limited-slip differential on all models. An upgraded standard radio
system and newly standard XM Satellite Radio, as well as an
available Monsoon audio system, amp up the entertainment factor.
With an affordable MSRP, the Sky delivers on Saturns longstanding
reputation of providing solid value against its key competitors.
Bold, dynamic design
With a commanding road
presence and stance; sharp lines; and a clean, sleek surface, the
Sky offers a distinctly European look. Decorative hood vents
emphasize its dynamic performance character and accentuate its long
dash-to-axle appearance. The Skys design was inspired by the
Vauxhall VX Lightning Concept, created at GMs Advanced Design
Studio in Birmingham , England .
When the Sky debuted in March 2006, it introduced the new face of
Saturn, with a pronounced fender peak and a bold, chrome bar that
carries an integrated Saturn badge.
For 2008, Techno Gray replaces Silver Graphite in the color palette,
and Carbon Flash will be offered on a limited basis in the middle of
the model year.
The interior is driver-focused, with integrated controls and
displays and premium materials, including a new standard drivers
seat height adjuster for additional comfort. Creative use of
contemporary, upscale black and chrome finishes combines with
available leather seats and technical grains to emphasize richness
and precision. For 2008, customers can personalize the Sky with
their choice of unique interior/exterior color combinations, instead
of the prescribed factory combinations.
Also new for 2008, a leather-wrapped steering wheel is standard on
all Sky models, and a leather shift knob is included with the
premium trim package on the manual-equipped 2.4L Sky model. It
remains standard on the manual-equipped Sky Red Line.
The standard audio system in the Sky is improved for 2008, featuring
a six-speaker AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 capability, as
well as speed-compensated volume, automatic tone control, TheftLock
and Radio Data System. A Monsoon 225-watt seven-speaker system is
The Sky has the hardware
to back up its bold styling. It is equipped with a 2.4L DOHC Ecotec
engine with variable valve timing and a five-speed Aisin manual
transmission with a short-throw shifter. A five-speed automatic is
available. To comply with more stringent emission and diagnostic
regulations, the 2.4L-equipped Sky will receive a new catalytic
converter system with slightly elevated exhaust system backpressure.
To ensure accurate horsepower and torque ratings GM Powertrain will
certify the power ratings to SAE standards and update this
information as soon as it becomes available. It also features
electronic throttle control (ETC) for remarkably precise engine
control and response.
Sky models equipped with the five-speed manual transmission have a
new torque beam to reduce noise, vibration and harshness by
isolating noise associated with abrupt torque transfer away from the
passenger compartment. The system was originally developed
specifically for the added power and torque outputs of the Sky Red
Lines 2.0L turbo, and then added to all manual transmission models
later in the 2007 model year.
The Sky uses a hydroformed tube structure for an extremely strong
and rigid chassis, especially for a convertible. With its
purpose-built chassis, Sky looks the part of a true sports car and
has all the stiffness and torsional rigidity necessary to make it a
nimble, fun-to-drive roadster for the enthusiast driver.
The Skys suspension was engineered to optimize ride without
compromising handling. Key design elements enabling the Skys
impressive handling include a short-long arm suspension featuring
forged aluminum control arms, Bilstein monotube shocks and hollow
stabilizer bars with ball joint sockets. The result is impressive
handling with high lateral acceleration capability and minimum body
The vehicles power rack-and-pinion hydraulic steering system
provides the performance expected from a high-end roadster or sports
sedan. The system exhibits excellent on-center feel and minimal lag,
enabling the driver to feel closely connected to the road. The
result is a vehicle that is precise, yet easy to drive.
The Skys standard four-wheel disc braking system is designed to
provide optimal driver feedback. The power-assisted dual-diagonal
brake system features 11.7-inch ventilated front and 10.9-inch solid
rear discs. Working together, these components yield a responsive,
solid and linear braking feel with minimal pedal travel.
In addition, Sky has a standard anti-lock braking system (ABS) with
dynamic rear proportioning (DRP). DRP, or electronic brake
distribution, provides superior braking stability by continuously
optimizing front/rear brake balance to accommodate a variety of
driving conditions, including deceleration, surface traction levels
and vehicle loading conditions.
The Sky features 18-inch by 8-inch five-spoke aluminum wheels,
Goodyear Eagle RSA P245/45R18 96V and high-performance all-season
tires that enhance the stance of the car. The combination offers
excellent all-season performance, excellent longitudinal grip that
contributes to best-in-class stopping distance (60-0 mph in 116
feet) and road-gripping ability with a maximum lateral acceleration
of approximately 0.90g. Five-spoke alloy wheels with chrome, painted
and polished finishes are available.
For 2008, GMs
StabiliTrak electronic stability control and a limited-slip
differential are standard on all Sky models. StabiliTrak is an
important crash-avoidance technology that uses an accelerator pedal
position sensor, a brake master cylinder pressure sensor and a
steering wheel angle sensor as inputs to interpret the drivers
desired path and whether to accelerate or decelerate the vehicle.
StabiliTrak also uses these sensors plus a lateral accelerometer and
yaw rate sensor to determine the vehicles actual path.
If the difference between the drivers desired path and the
vehicles actual path becomes great enough, StabiliTrak takes
appropriate action to assist the driver with maintaining the desired
path. If the vehicle begins to plow, or understeer, StabiliTrak
applies the inside rear brake to help turn the vehicle. If the
vehicle begins to "fishtail, or oversteer, StabiliTrak applies the
outside front brake to straighten the vehicle.
Sky also offers dual-stage frontal air bags one in the steering
wheel and another in the instrument panel on the passenger side. A
standard Passenger Sensing System (PSS) uses the latest sensing
technology to turn the front passenger air bag on or off depending
on the size and position of the front-seat passenger.
Other safety and security features include standard OnStar safety
and security system; a standard tire pressure monitoring (TPM)
system; and a remote keyless entry system including a panic alarm,
and engine immobilizer with PASSKey III theft deterrent feature.
The OnStar service on all Sky models features available OnStar
Turn-by-Turn Navigation, the first factory-installed, fully
integrated GPS navigation system from OnStar. Turn-by-Turn allows
consumers to talk to a live advisor, who in turn sends complete
step-by-step directions to customers' vehicles through their OnStar
system. These audio directions automatically play through the
vehicles stereo as needed, triggered by the OnStar systems GPS
capabilities. This enables drivers to be led to their destination
while keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.