All you Saabisti that have signed up for your new 9-3 Aero Sedan, SportCombi or Convertible should be happy enough already. But here’s yet another reason for you to quietly smile and say "I told you so" next time there’s a Bimmer fading away in your rear view mirror.
The 2.8 litre, twin-scroll turbo V6 engine, as used in the 2006 Aero range of Saab 9-3 Vehicles, has won a place in Ward’s 10 Best Engines for 2006.
Here’s what they had to say:
Also enjoying a first win is GM’s 2.8L turbocharged DOHC V-6, currently used exclusively by GM’s Saab brand for its 9-3 sport sedan and wagon.
The 2.8L DOHC V-6 is a variant of GM’s sophisticated “global” V-6 engine architecture, tuned in the Saab application for an outstanding mix of performance and refinement, while underscoring Saab’s heritage for turbocharged engines.
“A sophisticated mid-displacement V-6 and turbocharging are a remarkably effective combination,” says Visnic. “GM and Saab have created an impressive performance-car engine with high specific output and the thrill of turbocharging.”
The full list of winners in the 10 Best list were (and I don’t think there’s a specific order, except maybe alphabetical) as follows:
Audi AG: 2L FSI turbocharged DOHC I-4 (Audi A3)
Audi AG: 4.2L DOHC V-8 (Audi S4)
BMW AG: 3L DOHC I-6 (330i)
DaimlerChrysler AG:5.7L Hemi Magnum OHV V-8 (Dodge Charger R/T)
Ford Motor Co.: 4.6L SOHC V-8 (Mustang GT)
General Motors Corp.: 2L supercharged DOHC I-4 (Chevrolet Cobalt SS)
General Motors Corp.: 2.8L turbocharged DOHC V-6 (Saab 9-3 Aero)
Mazda Motor Corp.: 2.3L DISI turbocharged DOHC I-4 (Mazdaspeed 6)
Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.: 3.5L DOHC V-6 (Infiniti G35 6MT)
Toyota Motor Corp.: 3.5L DOHC V-6 (Lexus IS 350)