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2005 Saturn Ion Redline

2005  Saturn Ion Red Line
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The Ion Red Line was first distributed as an interim 2004 model. Inspired by the "tuner" cars popularized in southern California, the Red Line takes the regular Ion's engine and supercharges it for extreme performance ability. It also reworks the look and feel of the quad coupe.

The Ion Red Line's inclusion in the Saturn family has easily re-positioned the brand from one known solely for value and a certain honest-to-goodness quirkiness to one that can sit up at the table with the other automotive heavyweights. With the Ion Red Line, you have flare and you have speed, and as a driver you have exhilaration.

Available Models
The 2005 Saturn Ion Red Line is offered in one trim.

Interior Features
As a quad coupe, the Red Line has two doors and seats four. It also has 14.2 cubic feet of cargo room, but that's not the real reason people buy them.

Standard features include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, cruise control, power mirrors and windows, remote keyless entry, an AM/FM/CD/MP3 player and automatic headlights.

For added comfort, Saturn gives the Ion Red Line leather-trimmed RECARO sport front seats. A power sunroof is optional.

Exterior Features
On the outside, there is no doubt that the Ion Red Line gets noticed. It has 17-inch, five-spoke forged alloy wheels coupled with Continental 215/45-series performance tires.

It also rides lower than regular Ions, and it has a high-flow, performance-tuned exhaust system. To top it off, there are unique front and rear fascias, rocker moldings and a family of available rear wings.

However, it is the performance of the Red Line that sets it apart. Compared to other Saturns, it has a beefier drive axle, equal-length drive shafts and racetrack-bred suspension tuning, including revised springs, shocks, bushings and stabilizer bars. In other words, it simply glides over the pavement.

The heart of the 2005 Saturn Ion Red Line is a 2.0-liter supercharged/intercooled Ecotec inline 4-cylinder engine. It produces an estimated 205 horsepower at 5600 rpm and 200 lb-ft of torque at 4400 rpm. Mated to this is a heavy-duty Getrag 5-speed manual transmission with a short-throw shifter.

Get this: to demonstrate the performance ability of the Ion Red Line, Saturn and GM's Performance Division took the coupe to the Bonneville Salt Flats on Oct. 17, 2003. There, the Red Line established a new land speed mark record in the G/Blown Fuel Altered class at 212.684 mph.

Safety and Security
The 2005 Saturn Ion Red Line has dual front airbags and antilock 4-wheel disc brakes. Curtain side airbags are optional.

2005 Saturn Ion Red Line - New for 2005

Beefier drive axle and equal-length drive shafts
High-flow, performance-tuned exhaust system
Four-wheel disc brakes (with standard ABS)
Racetrack-bred suspension tuning, including revised springs, shocks, bushings and stabilizer bars
17-inch, five-spoke forged alloy wheels
Continental 215/Z45-series performance tires
10-mm lowered ride height
Unique front and rear fascias, rocker moldings and a family of available rear wings
Leather-trimmed RECARO sport front seats

Fast Stats
MSRP from
2.20L SC I4
205 @ 5600
5-speed manual
MPG: City/Hwy
23 / 29

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