Not too long ago, the idea of tuning a Saturn would have made as much sense as putting a booster engine on a swizzle stick.
A Saturn was always a funny little car with plastic skin and an engine that sounded like a Waring blender. From the beginning, Saturn was the car for people who didn't like cars but who liked to be treated well at the dealership.
Gradually, that changed as the product line expanded and improved.
Then, lo and behold, tuners started working out on Ion and Ion Red Line models. Now it's the Sky roadster that's getting the special treatment from performance buffs.
To boost aftermarket interest in Saturn, General Motors has handed a Sky to Gravana Tuning, which will trick it out in time to display it at this year's SEMA show in Las Vegas. The trick will be to make it noticeably different from the Pontiac Solstice project car that Gravana did for SEMA last year.
Gravana is an independent company in Santa Clarita, Calif., which manufactures and sells aftermarket parts and accessories exclusively for GM vehicles. Conveniently, Gravana already has developed a line of body, chassis and powertrain products for the Sky.