Don’t expect to see the Black Turbo, Saab’s high performance version of the 9-3, any time prior to Frankfurt in September – and that’s no certainty either. An early-2008 Motor Show might be a better bet as my advice is that a release for sale is set for early 2008 at the earliest.
But it is coming and no, it’s not the XWD car that the press are driving at the moment in Sweden.
‘Cerulean’ has dropped the following in comments:
The Black Turbo appears to be going ahead as in the UK Saab are currently asking their dealers how many of these models they would be likely to sell to get an idea of how many to order.
Saab GB might be active on this because it was mentioned to me that Black Turbo prototypes are currently in the UK. They’re likely to be masked in either regular 08 or even 07 bodies, so if you see a Saab 9-3 taking the bends with extraordinary speed and surefootedness then grab your video camera and commit it to film.
Brief conversation held via IM recently in a land far, far away…..
“If I asked you to think of the Black Turbo, and then of a number between 275 and 325….”
“Would that number have a 3 at the front of it?”
And would the next number be a 2?”
Mail has also come in recently that the Black Turbo will be available in both Sedan and SportCombi configurations, with 6-speed manual gearboxes only.