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.