Saturn Aura Red Line = 300hp/six-speed?

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  1. TriShield

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    Saturn considering 300 hp, Red Line performance version of upcoming Aura sedan

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    JASON STEIN | Automotive News
    Posted Date: 1/17/05

    DETROIT - A Saturn with 300 hp?

    General Motors is considering a Red Line performance version of its Aura concept sedan that would be capable of at least 300 hp.

    "It makes sense to get there, and we're talking about proposals that could make it happen," says Gene Stefanyshyn, the outgoing vehicle line executive for GM's Epsilon front-wheel-drive, mid-sized car architecture.

    Last week GM named Stefanyshyn vehicle line executive for Zeta, GM's global rear-drive premium-vehicle program.

    Stefanyshyn says Saturn still needs approval before committing to a Red Line version of the Aura, but a 300-hp version is possible after a production Aura is launched next summer.

    "The intent is to go up-level with this product," he says. "There will be two or three trim levels, and Red Line seems reasonable."

    At the Detroit auto show last week, the Aura was shown with a 250-hp, 3.6-liter DOHC V-6 with variable-valve timing, teamed with a six-speed automatic transmission.

    Jill Lajdziak, Saturn's general manager, says a big jump in horsepower would send a distinct message about the brand.

    "Red Line is an important part of the brand, and it would send the signal that you're going to get real performance," Lajdziak says.

    Saturn launched the Red Line trim level on two vehicles last year, the Ion coupe and compact Vue SUV.

    Saturn says Red Line sales average 3 percent to 5 percent of total Ion and Vue volume.

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    That's actually pretty decent looking.
     
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    Looks a lot better than most of the crap they sell.

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    its still a saturn...
     
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    The saturn division of GM has yet to turn a profit since its' creation 15 or so years ago.

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    GM only makes profits on cars in Australia.
     
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    It amazes me how they choose SATURN to be the company to come out with some BALLS... yet they let Oldsmobile die like a forgotten relative in a nursing home...
     
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    a lotta car companies are making the cheap ass rice rockets. Problem is your better off building your own rice rocket and at least you wont be driving a saturn.
     
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    New to cars, aren't you?
     
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    Those will die with the old models, the new ones have conventional bodies for better quality.
     
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    Nope, Aura will be steel bodied.
     
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    Not true, for now. Saturns built in Spring Hill be polymer.
     
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    yeah my dad trades em im every six months he just trade his town and country which he got 3 months ago for a murango....yeah im pretty new.
     
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    BOB LUTZ = GOD?

    Every single new GM product to come out since he has taken over has been A KABILLION times better.
     
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    Plus he's blogging. The man does not listen to consumer clinics or focus groups. He follow his gut.

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    and this is supposed to prove you know something about cars?
     
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    The Aura will be built next to the Malibue at the Kansas City, KS Fairfax plant. Aura will have a steel body panel. But speaking about 'now', the Saturn version of GM's rebadged minivan has steel body panels. And the departed midsize L series had the rear quarter panel made from steel.
     

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