A lot of press outlets just post the Saab press release when something like the 9-7x happens. The more interesting ones post the news with some commentary and insight as to how they’re thinking about the new release.
And so it goes with the 9-7x Aero.
Car and Driver: C&D ask the same question many others are thinking with regard to the 6-litre Saab – Why? But they seem to be keen to give it a try nonetheless:
All Saab 9-7Xs already come standard with all-wheel drive, and the Aero uses an automatic Torsen center differential that routes power to the front only when the rears can’t handle it. The TrailBlazer SS only comes with a manually selectable part-time system as an option, but so equipped, it can hit 60 in 5.5 seconds. We’re looking forward to trying the same trick in the 9-7X Aero, as well as finding the limits of the Aero’s beefed-up suspension and brakes.
Edmunds Inside Line: IL completely ignores the Torsen diff thing but there’s this I hadn’t retained from the press materials:
The 9-7X Aero version of the engine has a composite intake manifold that GM says is unique to the Saab.
Cars.com: After chanelling Pete De Lorenzo in his opening remark, Dave Thomas wonders if anyone will look at the Aero at it’s MSRP given that relatively few people buy the 9-7x anyway.
The 9-7X is by far the worst selling GM SUV on the market. It managed to sell just 558 units last month. The more expensive, and more loathed by the public, Hummer H2 sold 825 units.
I’m not sure he realises that those 500-odd units a month mean pure gravy for Saab, and over it’s life the 9-7x has been the second-best selling Saab out there. In addition, it’s widely regarded as the best of the GM360 SUV’s so I think the low sales are more a matter of exposure than lack of interest.
The old adage “there’s no replacement for displacement” is obviously something Saab engineers had on their minds when they decided to spice up their GM-based, 9-7X SUV.
I’m sure there’ll be some interesting reviews to come with regard to this vehicle. What sort of red-blooded motoring journalist wouldn’t want to get hold of a 390hp LS2 powered vehicle??