Saturn decided to reach out to sports car enthusiasts last year when it released the Sky roadster. For 2008, Saturn has already updated the Sky, adding standard StabiliTrack electronic stability control, interior tweaks and XM Satellite Radio, among other additions. The Sky competes in the same market segment as the Mazda MX-5 Miata and Honda S2000.
The rear-wheel-drive Sky's styling established a new design theme for Saturn. Inspired by the Vauxhall VX Lightning Concept, the Sky has a wide stance and short overhangs. Overall, the car displays a blend of sharp edges and flowing curves, with pronounced fender peaks and a clamshell hood.
The bold front end features a slim upper grille with a chrome bar bearing an integrated Saturn badge. Auxiliary openings flank a large lower air intake, and large concave depressions extend from the front fenders through the doors. The convertible top folds completely into the rear compartment.
Aluminum 18-inch wheels are installed. Equipped with coil-over Bilstein monotube shock absorbers, the Sky has a four-wheel-independent suspension. Riding a 95.1-inch wheelbase, the two-seater is 161.1 inches long overall and stands 50.1 inches tall. Front-to-rear weight distribution is close to 50/50.
New exterior colors for 2008 include Techno Gray, replacing Silver Graphite, and the limited availability Carbon Flash.
The Sky received a nice interior upgrade for 2008. Its driver-focused two-seat interior now can be personalized with unique — rather than factory-dictated — interior/exterior color combinations. A leather-wrapped steering wheel is standard for 2008, and a leather shift knob is optional (standard on the higher performance Sky Red Line version). Leather upholstery is also available. Height adjustment on the driver's seat is now standard.
The six-speaker audio system was also improved for 2008. The standard AM/FM stereo now includes a CD player, speed-compensated volume and XM Satellite Radio. A Monsoon 225-watt seven-speaker system is optional.
Under the Hood
The Sky's 2.4-liter four-cylinder delivers 172 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 167 pounds-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm. An Aisin five-speed manual gearbox with a short-throw shifter is standard, and a five-speed automatic transmission is optional. Manual transmissions are now equipped with a torque beam that helps reduce noise and vibration.
The Sky Red Line features an Ecotec turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, boasting 260 hp at 5,300 rpm and 260 pounds-feet of torque at 2,500 rpm.
For 2008, Saturn added a standard electronic stability system and limited-slip differential. The Sky is equipped with front airbags and standard all-disc antilock brakes. GM's OnStar communication system is standard.