Germans test the TTiD

The German version of Auto Motor and Sport has a quick look at the new twin turbo 9-3 TTiD online.

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This is only a quick writeup. It does little more than say “this car is here”. But given that the German market is a pretty important one, and this new engine is a pretty impressive one, I thought it was worth mentioning.

A quick look at the second part, where they give a quick impression.

….The torque of maximally 400 Newtonmeters in combination with the six-speed gearbox results in a round around carefree package. Saab indicate fuel consumption for the new engine of 6.8 litres per 100 km.

The chassis offers useful comfort, despite sporty interpretation. Who out-accelerates from curves, still pulling the fronttrieblers in that feels still somewhat soft steering element, and the brakes require strong foot pressure. The choice of materials inside became better, but on unstable lenkstockhebel, plastic instead of aluminum screens one could do without easily.

OK, only some of that makes real sense, but the over all impressions seems to be cautiously positive.

This is a very impressive powerplant, one that could even impress a few German consumers. Here’s hoping anyway.

It looks like there’s also some video available at that page, too, though I’m having a hard time getting it to work.

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6 Comments

  1. they say, that you still feel the torque steer, when accelerating out of curves…and then they complain about the unstable indicator … these are the german parts left 😉

  2. Ze GErmans may be fouled here and there (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8HTykZz2uM)
    but they do not go over a flimsy
    turn-signal lever.

    And you can ask, how much does GM save in a cheap turn-signal lever?
    Round about 5000 cars in Germany?;)

    I tried to convince some friends to leave their Bimmer and buy a Saab. Wheather it was the old 900II/9-3 or the new 9-3
    they complained about the turn-signal lever and windscreen wiper lever. They always got the impression the rest of the car is built as rigid as these two cheaply made parts (Lenkstockhebel, I like this word).

    Tja, ze Germans.

  3. Ze GErmans may be fouled here and there (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8HTykZz2uM)
    but they do not go over a flimsy
    turn-signal lever.

    And you can ask, how much does GM save in a cheap turn-signal lever?
    Round about 5000 cars in Germany?;)

    I tried to convince some friends to leave their Bimmer and buy a Saab. Wheather it was the old 900II/9-3 or the new 9-3
    they complained about the turn-signal lever and windscreen wiper lever. They always got the impression the rest of the car is built as rigid as these two cheaply made parts (Lenkstockhebel, I like this word).

    Tja, ze Germans.

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