CAUTION: Blogger engaging in dreaming and speculation ahead.
Initiated by an email from a Saab employee who shall remain nameless, spurred on by recent developments in Seoul, Korea, and totally inspired by the Blackbird Aero-X short film, please indulge me….
It’s fair to say that I’ve been quite critical of Cadillac in recent times. I think the push to drive them global is a ridiculous waste of money that could be invested in making Saab better.
One of the articles I covered in my anti-Caddy tirade was this one at Edmunds Inside Line, the relevant part of which for our purposes today is as follows:
The new Alpha platform is said to be the brainchild of GM product czar Bob Lutz. It is to serve as the base for a broad range of midsize rear-wheel-drive models for several GM brands, including Cadillac, Holden, Opel, Pontiac, Saab, Vauxhall and possibly Chevrolet. According to GM suppliers, Alpha will use bits and pieces from the Kappa platform that underpins the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky, as well as some elements of the larger Zeta platform.
Several years ago, GM provided a sneak peek at the Alpha on the Holden Torana showcar in Australia. The current thinking on Alpha is a flexible platform that can accommodate both rear- and all-wheel drive, as well as GM’s Ecotec four-cylinder engine family. The top engine choice is likely to be a twin-cam 2.4-liter inline-4, with a supercharged version available for performance-oriented models. Six-speed manual and automatic transmissions will be offered across the range.
So, we’ve got a RWD or XWD capable platform in the works that’s possibly going to be used for a variety of brands, including Saab.
Could this be something that could be used for an Aero-X styled revision of a Saab Sonett in the next few years?
GM are spreading the platform love around, and this week even Daewoo have released their own version of the Solstice/Sky at the Korean Motor Show. It’s called the Daewoo G2X and like all it’s platform siblings it’ll be built in GM’s Wilmington plant.
The new Alpha platform’s supposed to incorporate elements of the Soltice/Sky/GT/G2X’s Kappa platform as well as some elements of the Zeta platform underpinning GM’s new RWD offerings.
Assuming it’ll be more Solstice-sized than Commodore-sized it might just be the right size for an Aero-X based Saab sports car.
So you lose the whole canopy bit but keep the overall styling. The Aero-X was such a huge hit for Saab in 2006 that they’d be absolutely crazy if they didn’t do everything possible to bring it to production as a signature model for the brand.
As people have noted in comments to the Saab Blackbird short film, Alfa Romeo introduced a similarly smouldering sports car with the 8c Competizione. This was meant to be a concept only as well in the beginning, but it will see a limited production run because Alfa see it as an important statement for the brand. It’s a car that inspires passion and 500 units of the 8c roaming around the world’s exotic locales will do wonders for the brand with Cuore Sportivo
It’s a totally indulgent thought, but wouldn’t Saab stand to benefit from bringing a halo car like this to the lineup?
I definitely think so.