January 4, 2004
Supercharged Saturn Curve concept debuts
Detroit, Michigan – Saturn unveiled a 2+2 rear-wheel-drive sports coupe concept here today powered by a supercharged 230 horsepower 2.2 litre Ecotec four cylinder engine, the same engine to be used in the new Saturn Ion Red Line.
The Curve uses GM’s new rear-drive Kappa platform, also used for the 2006 Pontiac Solstice and Chevy Nomad concept car. The Curve, however has fiberglass panels over a steel tube structure.
The aggressive styling of the Curve includes prominent fender bulges, 20 inch tires and alloy wheels, and roof pillars concealed by a wraparound canopy of glass – creating the look of a “floating” roof panel. A front-hinged, clamshell hood is complemented by a rear-hinged trunk lid.
The Curve’s supercharged 2.2-litre Ecotec four-cylinder engine produces 230 horsepower @ 6200 rpm and 220 lb-ft of torque at @ 4200 rpm. The engine features variable valve timing technology for improved torque, fuel economy and emissions. The transmission is a Getrag five-speed manual.
A curved wood centre console is the interior’s dominant feature and is attached to the dashboard via a tongue-and-groove joint. It also incorporates the instruments. Blonde wood, charcoal-coloured leather and terracotta inserts accent the dashboard and upholstery.
Like the front seats, the rear seats consist of a pair of buckets covered in charcoal leather with terracotta inserts. The front seats tilt to make it easier to enter the rear.
“Altogether, the Curve has a very sophisticated and relaxed feel,” said Shuichi Yamashita, lead exterior designer. “It’s still a fun-to-drive sports car, but the selection of colour, materials and lighting convey maturity and sophistication.”