2.3 Biopower

I haven’t seen it hanging around the usual GM sites yet, but Auto Spectator are running what looks very much like a GM press release on the oft-rumoured-and-now-seemingly-imminent 2.3 litre Biopower engine.

The new look Saab 9-5 Sedan and SportCombi range is further enhanced for Model Year 2007 by the introduction of a more powerful BioPower engine…..

…..The addition of a 210 bhp BioPower variant, delivering 14 per cent more maximum power and 11 per cent more torque when running on E85 bioethanol fuel, will extend Saab’s leadership of the premium ‘flex-fuel’ segment.

The new Saab 9-5 2.3t BioPower model goes on sale in Nordic markets, UK and Ireland later this year, with other European countries to follow. Available in a choice of Sedan and SportCombi bodystyles with manual or automatic transmission, it is being offered in addition to the current 2.0t BioPower model, which is already established as Sweden’s the best selling ‘environmentally-friendly’ vehicle…..

…..Running on E85, the new Saab 9-5 2.3t BioPower engine delivers maximum power of 210 bhp and 310 Nm of torque, compared to 185 bhp and 280 Nm when using gasoline. As an example of the increased performance, the Sedan with manual transmission accelerates from zero to 100 kph in 7.9 secs and 80-120 kph in fifth gear in 11.0 secs, compared to 8.5 and 12.6 secs when running only on gasoline…..

…..”The launch of a 2.3 turbo model is a logical next step in the roll-out of our successful BioPower concept,” says Jan-Åke Jonsson, Saab Automobile’s Managing Director. “It is being offered in response to customer demand for an eco-friendly vehicle that delivers even more performance and is the first in a number of future BioPower initiatives that we have under development.”

Externally, the Model Year 2007 range is distinguished by the addition of a dark, ‘Titan’, gray metallic paint finish.

They’ve accompanied the story with the picture below. Saab press releases typically come with a picture accompaniment, so what we might be looking at below is the new Titan Grey, as specifically mentioned in the release and as mentioned by a few folks in comments and on iSaab.


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  1. Let the Saab have their own press releases.

    And besides, Saab is unable to offer E85 yet in the states to where GM powertrain press releases are mainly aimed.

  2. I keep waffling between being for and then against E85 here in the States. I’m currently against it, but I could flop again.

    Anyway, a status update on what’s my most frequent complaint about E85 (availability, or lack thereof, where I live):

    The big promising thing on ethanol in my state was the Pacific Ethanol plant which is supposed to come on-line in late ’06.

    Well, according to a post at AutoblogGreen (http://www.autobloggreen.com/2006/05/29/pacific-ethanol-stocks-sale-could-be-signs-of-trouble-ahead/) the company might be in trouble.

    Here’s another update: still only ONE station in the state offers E85 for sale to the public. Even if we got BioPower cars here we’d only be able to run them on E10 anyway…

  3. So if you cant have cookie, nobody else cant have either? 😛

    Nevermind ethanol, its just gap for performance cars until new things arrive.

    Lutz when asked about pure electric vehicle:

    “Yes and no. We are getting close to battery technology using nickel-metal hydride. We’re getting close to a generation of batteries which may provide that elusive combination of range, recharge time, safety and cycle life; to where the pure electric vehicle, in about eight or 10 years, becomes a feasible alternative.”

    Of course long before that, certain people start running their plug-in hybrids solely by grid or solar power. Just carrying that heavy combustion engine with them like museum piece.

  4. TuuSaR, actually my current opposition to ethanol stems from the reports that it takes more petroleum to produce a gallon of ethanol than ethanol replaces in petroleum replacement (is that confusing enough?).

    I’m not saying nobody should have BioPower, I’m just saying that those complaining we don’t get it in the States are being premature. Even if we COULD buy them, it’s likely to be quite a few years (probably longer than the life of the car itself) before E85 is commonplace.

    As for the EV, NiMH (nickel metal hydride) is currently the battery the Toyota Prius uses. I have heard good things about lithium being a replacement for NiMH.

    I would like to see a pure EV SAAB. I think that’s the way to go for the environment’s sake, if we can convert much more of our power production to renewable, non-polluting sources like solar, wave, and wind or even semi-polluting (if you count the spent radioactive material) nuclear.

  5. Funny how nukes are getting fashionable again, eh?

    1985 – you’ve got it right. The energy chain isn’t exactly a one-for-one, but it’s not a replacement, for sure. As far as CO2, NOx and the like E85 has greater emissions.

    To change the subject entirely, what’s with the dreck I hear about the 9-5 being ugly now? More than one comment I’ve read say that the styling isn’t up to Saab standards (one said that Saab ‘uglified’ the car). I think it looks great, and the Titan grey will be a hit, mark my words.

  6. Eggs, I’m sure I haven’t referred to the 9-5 that way, but it’s no surprise that some think that way. I quite like it myself now, though I’m not sure the interior reflects the direction I’d like Saab to be heading in.

    And how about that Heat? Yeeeeeeeah!

  7. “As far as CO2, NOx and the like E85 has greater emissions”
    Not according to what I’ve read (www.afvi.org/ethanol.html)
    CO2 – down 4%
    CO – down 4%
    NOX – down a whopping 59%
    Total hydrocarbons up 43% however;-(
    I’d like to see what mileage a variable compression engine could extract out of E85 with the compression ratio cranked up to take advantage of the 105 octane rating.

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