GM announced today that the 2007 Saturn Sky will start at $23,690. That price is for a 5-speed manual, while a Sky with a 5-speed auto will set you back $24,540. The press release indicates only that the roadster will be available this spring, so we have no firm date for when it will go on sale.

The price of entry includes four-wheel disc brakes, four-wheel independent suspension with coil-over Bilstein monotube shocks, air conditioning, power everything, and a CD stereo with auxiliary input. A limited-slip diff will also be made available for a price that’s yet to be announced.

For comparison’s sake, the Pontiac Solstice starts at $20,490 and the Mazda MX-5 at $20,995.

GM’s full press release after the jump…

[Source: GM]
Sky Combines Dynamic Style, Performace With Equally-Attractive Price
MSRP of 2007 Saturn Sky to start at $23,690

DETROIT – With its combination of dynamic design and agile performance, the 2007 Saturn Sky signals a bold new direction for the Saturn brand. The vehicle’s price, however, shows the brand’s ongoing commitment to providing solid value to its buyers combined with an industry-standard purchase and ownership experience.

The manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for the well-equipped 2007 Sky starts at $23,690 for models with a 5-speed manual transmission, and $24,540 with an optional 5-speed automatic. (Both MSRPs include a $575 destination charge.)

The Sky, available this spring, is the first vehicle to feature a new look that will inspire the design of future Saturn products. The roadster will be followed this summer by the all-new Aura midsize sedan and Outlook midsize crossover utility late in 2006. These vehicles feature the same, dynamic exterior design theme, with inviting, sophisticated interiors.

“The Sky signals a whole new direction for Saturn as we dramatically grow our portfolio,” says Jill Lajdziak, Saturn’s general manager. “It blends the dynamic new design of our vehicles with a strong value proposition in its segment.”

Dynamic Design
The Sky’s exterior features a strong front end that represents the new face of Saturn, with a pronounced fender peak and a bold, chrome bar that carries an integrated Saturn badge. It has a wide, muscular stance with short overhangs and 18-inch wheels pushed to the corners for a true sports car feel. The convertible top folds completely into the rear compartment, and the clamshell hood provides excellent accessibility and reinforces the Sky’s sports car character. Halogen projector beam headlamps and foglamps extend the exterior’s sophisticated look.

The design philosophy is carried through to the Sky’s interior, which is driver-focused with integrated controls and displays. Creative use of piano black and chrome finishes combine with available leather seats and technical grains to emphasize richness and precision. Jewel-like detailing on the HVAC and lighting controls is executed with tight fits, highlighting the attention to detail.

Roadster performance
The Sky also has the athletic performance to back up its bold styling. It is equipped with a standard 2.4-liter, 177-horsepower Ecotec engine with variable valve timing and a five-speed Aisin manual transmission with a short throw shifter. An available limited slip differential decreases potential wheel slippage, increasing the Sky’s performance potential ever further.
Other major standard features on the 2007 Sky include:
    •    Four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and dynamic rear proportioning
    •    Four-wheel independent short/long arm suspension with coil-over Bilstein monotube shocks
    •    Air conditioning
    •    Power windows, locks, mirrors and remote keyless entry
    •    Dual-stage drive and passenger airbags with Passenger Sensing System
    •    AM/FM/CD Stereo with auxiliary input jack for use with portable audio players
    •    The 2007 Saturn Sky will be built at GM’s Wilmington, Del., assembly facility.

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