Now You’ve Seen it All - A Saturn Sky With a 2JZ Engine Swap
The new engine came with new visual and mechanical tweaks, tooby Tudor Rus, on
It was in the mid 2000s when GM put its Kappa platform to work underneath what would become the Saturn Sky/Pontiac Solstice. Also known as the Opel GT in Europe, the Saturn Sky was rater short-lived, staying in production for just three years, during which it failed to make a splash.
There is one Saturn Sky, however, that lives on lavishly courtesy of his owner, who shoehorned a 2JZ engine under the hood.
The Sky’s The Limit For This Saturn
Between 2006 and 2009, almost 32,500 Saturn Sky roadsters left the assembly line, reaching U.S.-based owners.
Customers could choose from two four-cylinder engines: a 2.4-liter EcoTec mill with 177 horsepower or a 2.0-liter turbocharged unit good for 260 horsepower (this one came with the range-topping Red Line model). Transmission options included a five-speed manual sourced from Aisin and a five-speed auto.
All in all, the Sky wasn’t a bad car. It could pretty much carry its own weight in the roadster segment (despite being some 500 pounds heavier than a corresponding Miata), yet it came to life during a difficult patch for Saturn and GM.
Back then, rumor had it that GM was losing $10,000 for every Sky it assembled, so there’s no wonder that the giant got rid of Saturn (together with Pontiac, Hummer, and Saab) in 2009.
Thankfully, there’s one particular Saturn Sky that was taken in care by a loving owner and imbued with a very special engine, namely the 2JZ GTE.
But as the guy admits, the engine swapping and the extra body parts he added (wheels and tires included) were pretty much a shot in the dark affair since Saturn Skys are not exactly a popular model among tuners.
That said, don’t be surprised that the rear wheels are actually drag radials and that the braking system is heavily upgraded with four-piston Wilwood calipers.
Or that the fender flares come from Germany’s Lumma Design and that they were originally made by the tuner for the EU-specific Opel GT.