This is a bittersweet post to have to write.
Any post on the Black Turbo is a good one, but this one’s got a somewhat sad element to it.
Just over a month ago I stood in Trollhattan talking to a guy about the software that would govern the Black Turbo. I asked if the horsepower numbers it would provide started with a ‘3’ and he replied “definitely”. I asked if the second digit was a ‘2’ and he smiled and said “maybe”.
A number of other sources had also mentioned a 300-320 horse output as well, so combined with the word that came to me directly in Trollhattan, I figured it was a fair bet.
We’ve already heard that the XWD version of the 9-3, the Aero version upon initial release, will come with a boosted 280hp. The standard 2WD Aero will come with 255hp.
The latest word that I’m getting, however, is that the Black Turbo will not be as well endowed as we thought. I’ve now heard from two independent sources that the Turbo-X – the Black Turbo – will also come with a 280hp setup.
It’ll be a limited edition of 2,000 units worldwide and will be visible early in 2008. The 280hp output means that car may bell be all about the body kit and any work done on the interior. This is all believed to look sensational and I can’t wait to see it.
News about a 280hp Saab can rarely classified as disappointing, but I can’t help but feel a little deflated about this. As mentioned, this has drifted in from a few sources and I’m confident that it’s true. There’s still several months left in the year, however, and if the situation changes I’ll keep the site updated.