- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 3, 2003

In April, Cadillac announced the CTS V-series, a high performance version of its popular CTS. The General Motors Performance Division developed the CTS-V.

Now, Saturn has visited the garage and will soon offer the Red Line performance series. The first models that will be souped up are the Ion Coupe and the Vue Sport Utility Vehicle.

The supercharged 2.0-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine in the Ion Red Line Coupe has 200 horsepower and 200 foot-pounds of torque. This model should be able to do 0-to-60 mph in just more than six seconds. The Red Line package consists of a sports suspension, upgraded brakes and six-spoke wheels with 215/45/17 rubber. To show its potential, there are some body modifications, such as a different front bumper and an additional rear wing.

The Ion Red Line Coupe will go on sale in the first quarter of 2004. A price has not yet been confirmed, but to be competitive with fast compacts such as the Honda Civic Si or the Ford Focus SVTG, Saturn has to keep the price under $ 20,000.

The 3.5-liter V-6 of the Vue gets in Red Line trim with 250 horsepower and 242 foot-pounds of torque. The fast SUV will be offered with FWD or 4WD, in both cases the engine, supplied by Honda, is teamed to a five-speed automatic transmission, also supplied by Honda. The sport suspension lowers the Vue about an inch. Six-spoke aluminum wheels have 245/50 tires. The 2004 Vue RL will arrive in the Saturn showrooms at the end of the year.

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