Any of you Swedes been out and purchased the latest copy of Auto Motor And Sport yet?
I’d love to know what this cover story is about.
That looks like a definite photoshop job to me, but it’s interesting anyway. By 9-5x I assume they’re talking about the next generation on Epsilon II that’ll be AWD-capable. If there’s anything definite in the magazine story then anyone’s quick translation would be welcome in comments.
UPDATE: ctm, I feel so embarassed!!
Folks, ctm and Vector 220 had a discussion about this article in comments late last week. My mind has been in such a haze due to late night World Cup viewing that I didn’t equate the article and the discussion.
Click the link above for the comments discussion, though the notable part of the discussion is the timeline mentioned in the article:
– Saab 9-4X (spring 2007)
– Saab 9-5 (autumn 2007)
– roadster/coupé with Aero-X heritage (2008)
– Saab 9-1 (2008)
– Saab 9-3 (2009)
9-5 is said to get really futuristic interior with cutting-edge technology.
Exciting stuff indeed. Thanks also to Tobias for filling the blanks in comments.
I’ll do full writeup tomorrow with photos, but I can tell you now that the Swede Team Motor debut with the E85 V6 was successful, though the weekend overall was less so.
There were two races, a 6-hour race on Friday and a 3-hour race on Saturday. The diesel 9-3 ended up first in its class and third over all in the Friday race. Pretty good result.
Saturday things went a little sour. This is when the e85 car made its debut. Things look promising, but there were some problems with all three cars entered. As mentioned, I’ll get photos and some more detail up tomorrow.
Thanks to Anders and Jonas for the up to date information.
I just heard via MSN that the Saab Performance Team were performing in Sweden over the weekend. No big news there, but the fact that they were performing in 9-3 SportCombis is news.
I also heard last week that there may be a new promo film for the SPT coming out this week, possibly on the Saab USA site. Just a rumour but keep your eyes peeled anyway.
Perhaps it features the SportCombis?
Thanks to Tim R for emailing me a link that included this picture, from the event in Sweden on the weekend (80th Anniversary of the Swedish Air Force).