Some of you folks in the US might remember the Biopower Beast. That’s what I called it at least. I’m referring to the Saab 9-5 Biopower Concept Car that was somewhat clandestinely displayed around US auto shows earlier this year.
If your memory has faded, you can klicka har and read all about it. In short, we’re talking about a 310hp, 440Nm beast of a car with a 2.3 HOT engine set up to run e85. At present, the 9-5 Biopower that’s selling so well in Sweden runs a 2.0 litre engine that puts out a respectable 180hp. This Biopower Beast would blow the current car’s doors off, and still treat the environment to a hug in the process.
Well, I’ve received a pretty reliable tip via email that this 310hp beasty is in pre-production right now, and may possibly be due as a 2007 addition to the 9-5 Biopower range. No word about what markets it would be sold in, but current biopower markets only would be a safe bet. It’d be a bit too early for US release, according to the 18-month schedule they hinted at back in January for a US release.
It might pay to pencil the 9-3 in for the ethanol treatment too. Both the four and six cylinder models.