I posted the Kenneth Backland video in the XWD first as that was a much more interesting drive to watch. But I had a crack in the car as well and had a ball doing so.
A couple of notes:
First – I have very little in terms of a reference point for driving this car. I’m not going to lie to you and say “yeah, I could feel the power shift to the rear wheels at this point, blah blah, blah”. Others may be able to do that and if they do, then pay attention.
What I can tell you is that this car was an absolute blast to drive. As noted in the video, it felt positively glued to the road. The in-car camera doesn’t give you the sense of speed, but I can assure you that whilst I wasn’t testing any limits (either the car’s or my own – I was driving a LHD manual for the first time ever), I was trying to get a good feel for how this car would handle in some fun stuff – and it really handled well.
This car really does deserve to do great things. There’s a lot of work gone into it and a lot of Swedish hopes riding with it.
Second – these were pre-production cars that Saab lifted from their chassis testing fleet for the occasion. They’re not the finished product and there’s no finished product yet. These were brought out to give the journos a quick taste – and they tasted willingly.
Enjoy watching a mere mortal in the XWD. More video to come soon.
Here’s hoping YouTube get this one up before Christmas.