This isn’t a drive that’s already happened, but I thought I’d give you a heads-up on it.
I’ve just been visiting with our old Saab dealer here in Tassie. He’s now the sales manager at the local BMW Autohaus. Next week they’re having a test-drive campaign and I’ve booked myself in for an hour with the 335i Convertible.
Yep, that’s the new twin-turbo doggie. A$120,000 worth at base spec, but if the cars they had in the showroom are anything to go by, people regularly buy these things as base models. They hit the options list and hit it fairly hard.
Anyway, this will be a convertible, but the interesting part for me from a Saab point of view is that the numbers on this car are quite similar to what we may expect from the much-talked-about Black Turbo model that’s coming for the 9-3.
Specifically, the BMW puts out 306hp and 400Nm of torque through its rear wheels. Rumours for the Black Turbo have put it between 290 and 320hp, so it’s a reasonable comparison on paper.
You don’t drive cars on paper though, and I’ll be interested to get a little more Bimmer experience, paying particular attention to the boost (of course) and the interior. From the little I saw today, the layout’s not that appealing but they sure use some great materials in there for the most part.
I’m not sure if a Black Turbo is going to be ready for Saab Festival or not. I have a feeling, though, that it might be later in the year or early 08.
Speaking with Tony, he was pretty happy with how things have turned out. The Autohaus building is modern, they have a full range of cars to keep people happy and a good team that love what they do.
I guess Saab need to start with the range….