Saab BioPower 100: Coolest tail lights EVER!

UPDATE: And English-language translation has now been released. It follows after the coolest tail lamps ever.

Man, I looooove those lights!

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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.”

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Note:

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.

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24 Comments

  1. I wonder if those frosted lights will be what turns up on the ’08 9-3 reskin. We have heard that the saloon rear end is going to be ‘interesting’. And with the Sport Combi already having the frosted lights, it seems more plausible.

    I want to know what will happen to the convertible as well, as I may well be getting an ’08 Convertible V6 (hopefully with all wheel drive if it is available to order by then).

    Good times ahead 🙂

  2. Question:
    Is the “sprinkler” for the tail wiper mounted on top of the hatch on MY06?
    My MY04 got it in the base of the wiper arm.

    Cool colour on the top break light.

  3. White as a color on cars is really growing on me. I think white is going to be the next black (or silver…)! I agree with mo that the taillights look especially good on a white car. As you know, SAAB has had a tradition of white-colored concept cars. I think they’re trying to evoke the image of snow and ice in Sweden (as with the frosted taillight lenses).

    I wonder what the other styling changes Anthony Lo oversaw are. Will these changes make their way to the MY2008 9-5 or are they just for this concept?

    As for the E100 I wondered to myself for a while, “why”? I mean, it’s hard enough to get an E85 infrastructure out there and now we’re pushing a new blend (or technically eliminating a blend)?!?! But then it occurred to me why E100 instead of E85:
    http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/showpost.php?p=887544&postcount=1

    So can we expect to see in the future E100 pumps right next to E85 pumps? Only time will tell…

  4. White is a difficult color for cars – it exposes all the lines and curves. White can make an attractive car look unattractive, whereas black can make a bad car look OK.

    Take, for example, the previous generation Acura MDX SUV. In white, it looks terrible, like a refrigerator on its side. It needs dark metallic colors to add some depth and texture.

    On the other hand, the 9-3 combi looks great in white, very fresh and Scandinavian.

  5. Thanks for the insight into the color, Greg. One of the favorable things for white though, as I’ve mentioned before and I’m sure you’re sick of reading it by now, is that a white car doesn’t show dirt and dust as readily as a dark-colored car does. Fewer car washes mean more $ in my pocket!!!

    I think the current 9-5 looks better in light colors due to the aluminum accents blending-in more. I remember seeing an ad a couple of years ago for the Infiniti G35 coupe where the car was all-white and even the wheels were a tasteful white (with a low number of spokes, I don’t remember how many, but it kept the car from looking “cluttered”) to match the body color. The black rubber of the tires was a nice contrast between the body of the car and the wheels. I really like the roofline of the G35 coupe (and see a similarity in the Aero-X), and hope that future SAAB hatchbacks are this shape!

    Another thing I thought of when away from my computer for a while regards the BioPower100 Concept: maybe THIS is the car Erik Carlsson was thinking of when he couldn’t answer what his favorite SAAB ever is. He absolutely loves the 9-5, especially the combi.

    If this car does indeed have a Hirsch kit on it as Swade surmises, I wonder why it needs the E100 to acheive 300 bhp? Hirsch already has a kit on the market which will bring an all-gasoline model to 300 bhp without the aid of ethanol:
    http://www.hirsch-performance.ch/Content.aspx?path=/Products/Leistung/E280008280

    One of the SAAB engineers told me last week that they were aware of the Hirsch upgrade and already bought one and were testing it.

    It seems to me that with this Hirsch upgrade PLUS E100 you’d have more power through those front wheels you wouldn’t be able to transfer it to the pavement! This is definitely an application AWD would be helpful in.

  6. i’m one that loves the new 9-5, if i could afford one i’d do it tommorrow. i’m also thinking this is a hirsch car as it has their roof spoiler fitted. love the lights and the pipes.

  7. Re: white cars. I think one measure of a car company’s brilliance is when a car looks good no matter WHAT color it is. I mean, of course a 911 looks great in grey, or an Audi S4 in blue (or a SAAB in either of those colors, or any color for that matter, because it’s a SAAB), but all the cars mentioned would look good in most colors.
    As for the frosted headlamps, I thought they were the most gorgeous thing ever, and I don’t understand why SAAB didn’t bring them here, ESPECIALLY given that there ARE cars here (notably, the 2007 Mercury Mountaineer) that have all-white taillights. If we miss out on them a second time, I might have to cry.

  8. Re: white cars. I think one measure of a car company’s brilliance is when a car looks good no matter WHAT color it is. I mean, of course a 911 looks great in grey, or an Audi S4 in blue (or a SAAB in either of those colors, or any color for that matter, because it’s a SAAB), but all the cars mentioned would look good in most colors.
    As for the frosted headlamps, I thought they were the most gorgeous thing ever, and I don’t understand why SAAB didn’t bring them here, ESPECIALLY given that there ARE cars here (notably, the 2007 Mercury Mountaineer) that have all-white taillights. If we miss out on them a second time, I might have to cry.

  9. MJL: by “here” do you mean the U.S.? This is a pretty internationally-read blog. In fact, Swade runs this blog from his home in Tasmania!

  10. Hi, right, sorry. I forget there are other places in the wide world every once in a while! (Plus, do they really sell that hunk-o-whatever Mercury Mountaineer elsewhere in the world?)

  11. That Hirsch accessory spoiler reminds me of the “cheese slice” on the old 70’s-vintage SAAB 95 (not to be confused with the 9superscript5):
    http://www.saabmuseum.com/95/index.html

    “Early 95s did not have the rear spoiler (also known as the cheese slice) on the roof, the purpose of which was to direct airflow down across the rear window and so keep it free of dirt. A few of the 1960 models had front hinged doors and no spoiler.”

    I wonder if this Hirsch one has the same functional effect.

  12. Those GM tail light looks pretty cool!! No wonder it will catch the eyes of car aficionados out there. With the new features incorporated, high performance and carefully chosen design,no doubt car enthusiasts would love to have one. Hope it would not be that pricey.

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