A Factory-Built Saturn Tuner Car?
Every year car manufacturers seem to tune out an already popular selling vehicle. For example, this year Toyota introduced
|I see so few ION Quad Coupes as it is, so when the Red Line came out I was curious and confused at the same time. (Photo: Alexandra Straub, Canadian Auto Press)|
But the Saturn ION Red Line in 2004? It's an interesting thought. First of all it's not everyday that I see an ION Quad Coupe on the road. In fact, I rarely see them at all. So when the Red Line came out, I was curious and confused at the same time. Curious because I wanted to see how it compared with other factory-tuned compacts, and confused because the ION isn't exactly the sportiest pieces of
|I can't say I was expecting much from this domestic auto manufacturer's rendition of a tuner car. (Photo: Alexandra Straub, Canadian Auto Press)|
Odd or not, it's all Saturn has to work with in the compact coupe/sedan segment and in its attempt to make the car more popular the decision is probably a good idea. Just the same, I can't say I was expecting much from this domestic auto manufacturer's rendition of a tuner car, which is no doubt why I was surprised at its spirited performance.
I must confess, though, that after a couple of days behind the wheel I shifted my view of the sportiest ION, from seeing it as an American-made tuner car to little more than an ION with an optional powertrain and a couple of aesthetic add-ons.