Djup Strupe’s at it again…..
I’ve received some more confirmation about options to be offered with the MY2008 9-3.
First of all, the Black Turbo model is approved.
There’s no magic number in terms of horsepower that’s been revealed just yet, but it’ll be the V6 and it is expected to be distinct in terms of body styling.
Since this whole Black Turbo thing emerged the main question on my mind has been whether or not it was an internal project name like “Gudmund” (the Saab 99) or the name of a real model that we’ll see.
I always assumed it was the former and a code name for the MY08 Aero spec, but maybe it’ll be the latter, a model unto itself.
And the diesel.
As mentioned in previous posts, there will be a twin-turbo 4 cylinder diesel made available producing high levels of both torque and horsepower. It’s unknown whether this will be offered in the Black Turbo trim, but it will be an offering for the 9-3 in Europe in the new model year.
Back in 2005 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, GM debuted a twin-turbo 1,9l diesel engine as part of the Opel Antara concept. This conceptual engine was quite possibly much like the 400hp conceptual engine in the Aero-X, i.e. a computer modelled engine only.
Now it’s a chance of actually coming to life in the MY08 9-3. The Opel concept engine delivered 212hp and around 400Nm of torque.
This could spark some very serious interest in Europe.
The following diagram was reproduced from GreenCarCongress and explains how the twin-turbo technology worked in that concept engine.
Click to enlarge.