There have been multiple whisperings in the last few months about a possible twin-turbo diesel engine going into the new 9-3 for the European market.
Could this be the engine?
A diesel VXR? Are you serious?
Vauxhall most certainly is. Its engineers have been working flat-out on developing a twin-turbo version of its venerable 1.9-litre CDTi diesel engine……
…..In the Zafira, the 1.9-litre will develop a useful 190bhp at 4000rpm and a mighty 270lb ft of torque from 1400rpm onwards. That’s 50bhp down but a useful 35lb ft up on the current VXR petrol model.
The VXR range is the hotted up version of Vauxhall. The OPC range is the equivalent Opel range.
I’m quite sure that if there’s twin-turbo technology being developed that Saab’s in on it, giving it a reasonably good chance of using the engines if they want to. It’ll be interesting to watch.
Say “Hi” to the Chairman and be sure to act like a patriot.
Safety News from Forbes:
The Saab 9-3 is joined by an Acura and an Audi as the most consistently top-rated vehicle for safety by multiple testing bodies. I’m sure SaabUSA could use this one in their ads.
If you’re going to get creamed in a car, might as well make it an Audi A4.
That’s because it’s one of the safest cars on the road, according to data we consulted in forming this year’s list of most sound autos.
Joining it at the top? Acura’s RL and Saab’s 9-3. All three get the highest-possible marks for safety from three of the four most respected sources of such data: Consumer Reports, the Department of Transportation, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI).
Hey. If they can make an Audi the focal point in their article I can make the Saab a focal point of mine.
I know I have to thank someone for this, too…..sorry
S-S-S-Something from the Comments:
I have a 1999 Saab 9-3 convertable and a 2006 Mercedes Benz E-320 CDI. Guess which car is faster and has much better gas milage and power? The much larger Mercedes of course. My Saab is a gas engine and it is nowhere near as impressive as the diesel. I was originally considering a Saab 9-5 wagon, but the more I learned about the power and economy benefits of diesel, I wanted one. Mercedes and VW were my only choices in the USA. So I spent the extra money on the Mercedes because THAT IS WHAT I THE CUSTOMER WANTED (GM/SAAB-THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT REMEMBER THAT!). My Mercedes averaged 41mpg on a trip from Allentown PA to Canada! A Saab 9-3 Diesel will average 43mpg at 130mph! 60mpg at 70mph! And yes, Diesel is not hard to find, and in some places in the USA (California) it is a dollar cheaper than regular gas!
It’s an investment, not an expense.