Saab Turbo-X – A press release too soon?

Niklas picked this one up. Can’t see it on the major car sites yet, so I wonder if they’ve jumped an embargo?

UPDATE: apparently not. It’s publicly available from GM here (MS Word doc) and is exactly as below.

This press release is about GM’s big entries in the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. The Saab section of the release reads as follows:


Saab at the IAA: 30 years of turbo technology

– New 9-3 generation with progressive, sharper look
– Thoroughly sporty special edition model Turbo X
– Leading position in European “Flexfuel” vehicle segment

In September 1977, Saab took the automobile world by surprise when it presented its first model with turbocharging at the IAA. Exactly 30 years on, the Swedish premium brand is celebrating this anniversary with the Turbo X, the most powerful Saab to date and top-of-the-line car in the completely newly designed 9-3 model line. The spotlight is also on Saab’s leading position with its BioPower range in the fast-growing European “Flexfuel” vehicle segment.

Turbo anniversary: Turbo X “Black Power”

The Swedish premium brand celebrates its 30-year anniversary in turbo technology with the unveiling of the Turbo X. The completely black Turbo X is a thoroughly sporty special edition model, whose design echoes the legendary black Saab 99/900 turbos. The new Turbo X is available as a limited edition, top-of-the-line model with sophisticated four-wheel drive, an output of 206 kW/280 hp and a maximum torque of 400 Nm, setting new performance standards for the brand: the Turbo X takes just 5.7 seconds to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h.

World premiere: First public appearance of new 9-3 range

Following the interior enhancement in model year 2007, the successful Saab 9-3 range now gets a new face. This completes the new edition’s design and technology advancements. The 9-3 now boasts a progressive, sharper look that is inspired by the Saab brand’s Scandinavian design tradition and by the acclaimed Aero X concept car.

Most important details of new Saab 9-3:

Distinctive appearance with completely newly designed, unmistakable front, as well as new side and rear styling: Saab-typical headlamp zones with “eyebrow” look, clamshell-shaped hood, new bumpers, flared sill extensions and ‘frosted’ rear light design
1.9-liter turbo-diesel engine with two-stage turbocharger and 132 kW/180 hp
Two powerful BioPower models (E85 Flex-Fuel) with 129 kW/175 hp or
147 kW/200 hp


OK, so who wants one of these “Black Power” Saabs?

Come on, hands up!!

Saab Black Power

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  1. I was just thinking that. Someone should put a big ol’ black power fist graphic on a Black Turbo. It will destroy all BMWs by any means neccesary :p

  2. errrh? is this possible????

    adding 30 hp and XWD gets the Turbo X exactly second faster from 0-100 km/h???????

    6.7 secondes Manual 250 hp frontwheeldrive aero
    5.7 seconds Manual 280 hp XWD
    jesus, thats fast………………

    if thats true then it is ok that they did not make a 300 hp engine …

    but i hope it still is going to happen in the near future….

  3. I raise my hand, but gotta see pricing first. 400 Nm of torque or not, a base Infiniti G35 costs less and offers the same performance.

    I love Saab. I am dedicated. But not stupid.

    Of course, I’d never buy a G35 over a Saab, but might as well get the regular Aero.

  4. @Mr. Aero… you might want to look at what a lowly Subaru Forrester can do with the AWD & turbo combo with only 227HP. My 87 Buick Turbo-T runs 4.9sec 0-60mph stock with only 245 HP, so 5.7 secs though faster than the current car, is still slower than I was expecting.

    Now that’s what Saab says and we know some fokls are getting 6.0 – 6.1 sec outta the current 250 HP SC Aero…. All I can say is “hold on to you butts”. This is gonna be a fun ride. Right about Chirstmas 2008 when my current SC Aero lease is up. Black please!!!

  5. I just priced the base G35’s the other day – with all the goodies it approaches 37 K – don’t know how much the turbo X is going to cost, but this is as much as an Aero with most of the options (mostly as standard)

  6. Steven,
    The 5.7 sec sounds good, the 4.9 is amazing, however, I don’t really care.
    It’s a marketing trick, it’s totally useless information for the everyday driving. The accleration from 60-90 km/h or 90-130 km/h is much more important and useful information.
    I have never tried to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h, however the other ranges I need every day for overtaking.

  7. Swade – Mexico City right?

    Mens 400m track event?

    The guys are raising left & right hands because they shared a pair of gloves. The the stoic looking white dude is an Aussie who was in on the whole thing and decided not to make a fuss and quitely support the black guys by appearing on the dias with them.

    Can’t think of his name. Anyone?

  8. Peter Norman, it was. Got a rough deal from both the and athletics authorities.Passed away last Oct. Both Smith and Carlos were pall bearers at his funeral.

  9. wow,

    the current audi S4 model needs 5.6 seconds from 0-100 km/h (344 hp)

    the current BMW 335i model needs 5.6 seconds from 0-100 km/h (some over 300 hp)

    the turbo X will only be 0.1 sec slower than a S4


  10. Hmmm, the numbers don’t add up.

    Unless that huge torque increase is what is giving the extra acceleration. 5.7 is VERY impressive.

    By the way. I sent an email to Mr Bob Lutz to find out why the ‘vert is missing out from the Turbo X and XWD party. Wasn’t expecting a reply but actually got one.

    I’ll forward it on to Swade tomorrow, yes, I know it’s cruel 🙂 But there is a reason as to why XWD isn’t featuring on the ‘vert 🙁 and it is technical.

    I DO want to have a gander at that Turbo X, but as it is a limited edition I’m not sure it will be available as a selection on the company list 🙁

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