It would seem that “Black Turbo” is the internal name only for the hi-po version of the Saab 9-3 with XWD that’ll most likely take a bow some time next year.
The car is expected to have around 320hp and XWD, be available in both Sedan and SportCombi body styles, be manual only and have extra-special body and trim. Oh, and it’ll be black.
But the big question arising today is what it will be called when it finally comes.
I’ve heard two variations, both of which came from sources reasonably close to Saab.
The first of these was 9-3 TurboX.
The second is 9-3 AeroX.
I tend to think the second of these, 9-3 AeroX, makes more sense and ties in more with both the current model nomenclature (i.e. Aero model) and the Aero-X concept car.
I also have a feeling that whatever it ends up being called, it’s going to be referred to by Saab nuts as the Black Turbo anyway. Those that are “in the know” will get it.
So, have you heard anything? The grapevine’s open in comments.
Also, I’ve just been clearing out my inbox and noted a schedule that hints at the Black Turbo being shown in Frankfurt.
Now that’d be something, wouldn’t it?