Saturn ION Red Line Review | The Truth About Cars

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Saturn ION

Red Line Review

The Saturn is a giant ball of When it comes to selling to enthusiasts, GM’s “like before” division is also of hot air. In 1999, Saturn their Opel-sourced LS sedan be fun to drive. It wasn’t. In 2003, made similar noises the ION Quad Coupe.

Strike In 2004, the ION Red Line was supposedly da Pistonheads lined up none But was the Red Line really at fault?

Or was it by Saturn’s nebulous image and marketing?

Either way, stylists certainly didn’t matters. Granted, it’s to butch up an econocar; hence the the entire sport-compact class is a bit of a bespoilered eyesore. The Red Line is no

Strike that. It’s a child for the book “why bad happen to bad car designs.”

For one thing, the ION Red proportions are all out of whack. In typical GM the car’s glowering front and fascias are hung way-the-hell out the wheel arches. For another need another?), the doors’ flame surfacing looks, Bungled. Spoiler?

You bet it does.

of gaps, the Red Line exhibits a of exterior finish rarely outside of The Beijing Auto Wide, uneven crevices the Red Line’s composite body and its paint wears an unhappy glaze. Saturn fans wax about their cars’ and dent-resistant properties, but it’s to see why GM is phasing out Saturn’s plasti-panels. quite a distance.

Of course, GM could have the technology, maybe even with “memory” plastics. um, no.

Predictably, the ION’s third-world extends to its interior, a curvilinear of rainy-day gray plastic, switchgear and crude mold On the plus side, GM’s Division fitted the Red Line a phenomenally supportive set of Recaro wrapped the steering wheel in leather and attempted to make the more legible. Unfortunately, gauges reside in the center of the frustrating their efforts. And no … pedal.

Or center armrest.

You can’t but cringe upon stepping this austere, amateurish That GM thought it price-appropriate is insulting.

But then you turn the Red key, its 2.0-liter, 205-horse four barks to life, and strange happens: the nasty bastard starts to grow on

It doesn’t happen immediately. On a hop around the block, you mostly the surprisingly heavy steering, the slack-feeling clutch, the incessant of the Quad Door assembly and the tendency to hang onto as you shift.

But then, a smug in a Civic blips you at a stoplight. when the fun begins. Bury foot in the (short, wiry) and GM’s blown Ecotec itself a proper Yankee thrusting eagerly off the line and to near-WRX intensity as the tach climbs. The Red Line is free of the histrionics that often cheap forced-induction setups.

Sixty mph rolls up in two smooth, surges, totaling 6.1 seconds.

The Red chassis snaps to attention pressed. The steering, while leaden in its effort, provides sharp, pointy path The helm tracks your line as unshakably as the Orient

Sharp corners reveal front-end bite, taut feel, and tight, well-judged Torque steer is conspicuous in its

In truth, only one interface disharmonious hoonery: the Red Line’s manual. This “close-ratio” of the Saab 9-3’s gearbox heavy and clunky in the hand. Its are, in fact, quite

Fortunately, the Saturn’s mighty-mite isn’t picky about gear it’s in.

In all, the Red engenders a sort of base satisfaction that’s especially to shut-in writer types. stoplight and switchback becomes a underdog victory. Want to that longed-for punch on the bully?

Just sidle up to an Si, or RSX, aim your sling at and swing, baby!

Still, little question why more haven’t warmed to the Red Line. Its are embarrassing. Its image is contradictory.

And its Fisher-Price interior begs the “wouldn’t you really rather a Lada?” That Saturn render a fast, nimble, sports coupe with a MSRP utterly undesirable is to the brand’s long-standing lack of and product focus.

If Saturn can the metaphorical corner like the ION Red turns a real world there may be hope for the Tennessee-born Unfortunately, according to our own Jehovah the ION’s tuners were from their desks the Sky Red Line was tweaked. Oh well. I enthusiasts are still better off elsewhere.

Like always.

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