Saturn Astra Tuner Concept Unveiled at 2007 SEMA Show

With its lean, taught bodywork stretched over a long wheelbase and wide track, the all-new Saturn Astra has an undeniably sporty stance. Fortunately, its European-inspired driving dynamics and energetic 1.8L Ecotec engine back up those aggressive good looks with commensurate performance, making the Astra prime material for all-out tuner treatment.

Saturn got the ball rolling at SEMA with the Astra Tuner, a concept vehicle that applies some of the latest bolt-on performance and appearance components to show what's possible with this all-new compact. The Astra Tuner is based on a production XR three-door and features approximately 20 more horsepower and a lowered ride height. Numerous exterior enhancements – including 19-inch wheels – give the car a racier look. It may be the first, but this unique Saturn certainly won't be the last personalized Astra.

Vehicle highlights:

  • Astra XR three-door
  • 1.8L Ecotec DOHC four-cylinder with approximately 160 horsepower, via exhaust header, cold-air intake and modified throttle body
  • Five-speed manual transmission
  • Lowered ride height
  • New front and rear fascia extensions
  • New grille surround finish
  • Tinted headlamps, taillamps and windows
  • Rear center-outlet exhaust
  • Production side moldings deleted
  • High-performance Recaro seats
  • Unique interior trim
  • Unique sill plates and parking brake handle

GM Accessories (production and concept):

  • OPC 19-inch wheels (concept)
  • OPC rockers (concept)
  • OPC rear spoiler
  • GMA pedals (part number 93183691)
  • Blaupunkt sound system

Click here for photos of the Saturn Astra Tuner concept.

Source: Saturn

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