Black Turbo name games

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?

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  1. Dont like any of the names you listed Swade. Black turbo is rahter nice name and is already established.

    The AeroX i think should be used if Saab builds a coupe or similar. The 9-3 is to diffrent from the coolest concept car.

  2. Black Turbo is a nice name, but maybe not that good in advertising since it’s two words? Saab 9-3 Black Turbo”. Long name… And the word “black” could be too negative and provocative on certain markets.

    A word that can be pronunced as one is better, like TurboX and AeroX. But TurboX sound a little old and boring to me. And since thay had the Aero name before, it’s more logic with AeroX – the X pointing to a variation of the Aero concept with XWD. Still leaves the old Aero-tag available at a smaller Saab whitout XWD in the future.

  3. i have a suggestion for the name: BLACKBIRD! listen to that – SAAB 9-3 BLACKBIRD. wouldnt that be something to talk about?

    best regards/niklas palm

    industrial design student in umeรฅ

  4. Wot? No ‘vert Black Turbo? That will be a HUGE shame, a ‘vert Black Turbo would add masses of kudos, and is the variant that I want.

    Need that 320bhp rush without a roof please ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    As for the name, I like Blackbird.

    Pity we can’t have Darth ๐Ÿ™‚

    All hail Darth Saab ๐Ÿ™‚ George Lucas would have a legal field day ๐Ÿ™‚

    what about KnightAero, AeroKnight? Thor? 9-3 Odin?

    9-3 DarkHammer

    I like the Thor name, and it ties in with Norse mythology too.

  5. If you call it the Black Turbo then non Saab buyers will have no clue what it is. Most people know the Saab Aero is a hot car and calling it a “TurboX” is like Landrover naming a car “Freelander4x4”. Saab is known for turbos so caling it a TurboX is stating the obvious. I would just keep it as an Aero but have the badge in red for the std V6 and black for the 320bhp version. The finishing details inside would be piano black rather than the silver of the normal car. The “unoffical” name would be black turbo as per Swades suggestion.

  6. 9-3XXX. Coz by the sounds of it this will be one helluva sexy car!

    My guess is it could be called the 9-3 Aero-X. Keeps the real Aero-X in minds of the masses, kinda!

    zippy ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Saab 9-3X (x comes from XWD). I like the black turbo though, but I really donยดt believe that iยดll be called such. Maybe it will be marketed and showed mainly on black colour, thus the black turbo rumour.
    9-3 AeroX sounds stupid, and turboX is okay. Letยดs see.

    And by the way I just got email answer from GM Finland, that there wonยดt be diesel (or 2 liter) versions of XWD drive nor “crosswagon” with higher ground clearance. Umm.. okay..

  8. I like Blackbird! But i guess Lockheed would have a say in it, since they build the original Mach 3+ aircraft… ๐Ÿ™‚ Draken gets my vote! Thats a brutal aircraft – supposedly it kept accelerating until the fuel ran out… Mach 2+ is not too bad either. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Come to think of it, i think DarkHammer is growing on me.

    Saab 9-3 Aero: DarkHammer ๐Ÿ™‚ Pulverises all in its wake. But in a nice safe way ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. I really like the sound of “Blackbird” although I don’t think it would appeal to advertisers.

    Call me old, but I’d be worried about ties to Thunderbird, Firebird, etc.

    I don’t like AeroX or TurboX – too generic and gimicky.

    “Draken” sounds great. Mean, powerful, aggressive. What about “Dresden.” Too German?

    Finally, with the extra trim, do you think it’s that picture on Saab’s website of the black 9-3 with the chrome side mirrors?

  11. i think blackbird would refer to the real thing, the animal instead of an aircraft. and by that it would relay to the essence of the aircraft-herritage – flying!

    gosh, i allready see a tv-commercial with a blackbird flying in the night and then morphs into a 9-3 BLACKBIRD!


    best regards/niklas palm

  12. The Aero name from now on is just a name for the design level, like Linear or Vector, it has nothing to do with top of the line engine performance like it did before. We see it now in the TTid case, you can have the same engine in all three levels. So I doubt the “black turbo” will have the Aero name. I wote more for something in the direction of Viggen XWD or whatever.

  13. While speaking with an employee of SAAB USA last February at the 60th Anniversary Event in San Diego I expressed my concern about the name “black turbo” in that though I think cars look good in black, in the area in which I live (SoCal) it’s essentially a desert and black cars are so hard to keep clean and looking nice. He told me not to worry, that “back turbo” is just an internal project name and doesn’t mean the car will be available exclusively in black.

    I don’t know if his info was wrong, or if things have changed in the past five months, but that’s what I was told in February.

  14. Marko A’s comment reminded me of something else: though the black turbo won’t be available exclusively in black, black will indeed be the “launch color”, featured in print ads and such. Sort of like how the 60th Anniversary Editions used Ice Blue as its launch color though it was available in any color, and the Convertible 20th Anniversary Edition used Electric Blue Metallic as its launch color. I believe I read (probably here) that the ’08 9-3 is using Snow Silver as its launch color.

  15. It goes w/o saying there’s a typo in my first post above. That should be “black”, not “back”…

  16. I favor naming it along the lines of viggen or gripen or such as well.

    Now we don’t have to worry about anyone confusing the car with the new CLK 63 Black Edition.

  17. I’d vote for Viggen, Draken, or something along those lines. I think a real important key here is keeping the name along the lines of heritage, and staying away from gimmiky names like 9-3 AeroX. Make it something original that people will have to go and look up, not something that won’t spark their attention.

  18. It needs to be called the Viggen-X.

    We all understand the term Viggen, and it’s got features of the Aero X and has the XWD system (though pronounced “cross” rather than “ex”). But that’s a perfect fit. What more could you ask for?

  19. My vote goes to Draken. I’m not a big fan of tacking “X” onto things, it’s cheesy. I think the Aero-X definitely should have been called something else. Besides, Draken sounds badass, while TurboX is…a turbocharged Volvo (think about it). And they can’t call it an AeroX, there’s already an AeroX. That would be asinine.

    I would also accept Saab 9-3 Thunderbolt, Saab 9-3 BFG, and Saab Impaler.

  20. Black turbo… nice. Just hope they keep all the chrome “eye make-up” and other “sporty accents” to a minimum, looks really cheesy to me. IMHO – all these tack-ons’ just cheapens the whole design. Peel all that stuff off and let the nice design stand on it’s own merits!

    As for aircraft names – we have the
    J29 Tunnan (“Barrell”); J32 Lansen; J35 Draken; J37 Viggen; J39 Gripen…. Or why not the good old US experimental Mach 3+ “XB-70 Valkyrie”… ๐Ÿ™‚
    Saab Valkyrie, launched to heavy Wagner music…. (for the German connection)

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