Thanks to all those who’ve emailed me in the last few hours.
Yes, Winding Road has published spyshots of the MY08 Saab 9-3 Irresistivertable. I didn’t get any notice from Lehmann that these were coming. Even if I did, I don’t think I could afford another 50 Euros to buy the rights.
So I’ll try not to offend the publishing gods and show just this little section and tell you all that you need to go here to view the full images.
What you’ll see when you click through is that:
a) Black shows up the new curvature of the hood the best. The silver SportCombis didn’t show the new bodywork anywhere near as well as what the first black shots, and these convertible shots do.
b) I hadn’t realised how far out the new nose seems to be poking. It’s not just a deeper grille, it’s pushing out quite a bit as well, and I’m not so sure I like that.
c) This convertible retains the old door handles and bump strips, unlike the SportCombis we’d seen that were sans-bump strips and used door handles from the BLS.
I love the treatment on the hood but I’m starting to cool down a little on seeing the pointiness of the nose. I don’t think the dimensions would have changed at all, just the sculpture.
Saab’s aren’t pointy, are they?
Don’t get me wrong. I’m still on a prominent net-positive with this design over all. I can’t wait to see the full production version and even more, I can’t wait to drive it.