Saab’s V6 wins Wards Award

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)

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  1. Perhaps I should drive a Cobalt SS — I’ve ignored it because of Chevrolet’s history of tarting up its econoboxes with paint schemes and decals without so much as an additional glance toward the engine bay (remember the Cavalier Z24?). Supercharged, you say? Let’s see about that.

  2. I am very surprised on the award for GM`s and Saab`s turbo-charged 2.8 V6-engine.
    Have a glance to the carbondioxide output of 270g/km and you will state that this “modern” engine is “very friendly” to the environment and a “good” assistance in fighting against global warming. This is the engine mankind is waiting for.

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