UPDATE: And English-language translation has now been released. It follows after the coolest tail lamps ever.
Man, I looooove those lights!
Bioethanol Performance Potential Unleashed.
Saab will give green motoring a performance boost at next month’s Geneva Motor Show when it unveils its latest BioPower development.
The Saab BioPower 100 Concept showcases the first production-based engine to be optimized for pure bioethanol (E100) fuel. The result is a level of performance never seen before from a road car using this fuel.
To be shown as an exciting evolution of the Saab 9-5 SportCombi, this latest BioPower concept demonstrates the great performance potential of bioethanol. In combining Saab turbocharging expertise with the use of high octane E100 fuel, the optimized 2.0-liter engine from the 9-5 rangedevelops 300 hp maximum power. This has been possible through modifications to the engine management system and internal components, allowing the use of greater boost pressure with a raised compression ratio. That exceptionally high specific power output of 150 hp per liter demonstrates scope for future ‘rightsizing’, using smaller, high output engines that also deliver energy savings.
Peak power is complemented by a substantial 295 lb. ft. of torque, giving this optimized engine the power characteristics of a naturally-aspirated engine of 4.0-liters displacement. This is reflected in strong performance, the Saab 9-5 BioPower 100 Concept achieving zero to 62 mph acceleration in just 6.6 seconds and 50 – 75 mph (fifth gear) in an even more impressive 8.2 seconds.
The Saab BioPower 100 Concept being shown at Geneva features exterior and interior styling elements supervised by GME Advanced Design Director Anthony Lo, who oversaw Saab’s award-winning Aero X Concept, which was also premiered at Geneva last year.
Saab already markets Europe ’s best selling flex-fuel vehicle, the Saab 9-5 BioPower, and the Saab BioPower 100 Concept will extend its leadership position in the development of bioethanol technology.
“Bioethanol is a potent, high quality fuel which opens up exciting possibilities in helping to meet the environmental challenges that face us,” says Kjell ac Bergström, president and CEO at GM Powertrain – Sweden , who has led the Saab BioPower 100 engine development team.
“As the need to reduce energy consumption increases, we are exploring ways to run smaller engines that give relatively high power, with and without hybrid technology. This concept car shows that bioethanol can play a key role in this ‘rightsizing’ process, while also minimizing fossil fuel emissions.”
1985Gripen got a bit of the lowdown on this car whilst he was at the 60th Anniversary event in San Diego. From his Just The Facts article a few days ago.
SAAB will be showcasing a new concept car at the upcoming Geneva Auto Show. The “SAAB 9-5 BioPower100” is designed to run on pure ethanol (E100). It will generate over 300 bhp. When I explained that I understood the reason E85 contains 15% gasoline because it is required to start the engine in cold temperatures and asked whether an E100 car would have a problem in a country like Sweden, I was told that the BioPower100 would have two separate fuel tanks. One would hold gasoline and the other would hold E100. The car would initially use the gasoline when starting, then the ECU would automatically switch over to E100 when the temperature of the engine reaches an acceptable level.