The first image of the Saab Turbo-X, aka the Black Turbo, has been shown at Auto Motor and Sport.
Here’s a small version of the image that you can click to enlarge to 800px wide. Click through to AMS at the link above for the full story in Swedish and a huge 2000px version of the image. The press release in English appears below.
The all-too brief press release:
Black Turbo Reborn
Saab Turbo X debuts at Frankfurt Auto Show
Saab will go ‘back to the future’ at next month’s (Sept) Frankfurt International Motor Show by evoking the iconic appeal of its classic ‘Black Turbo’ models.
The Swedish premium car maker will celebrate 30 years of leadership in turbocharging by unveiling the Saab Turbo X. This limited edition, all-wheel drive performance car inherits the visual appeal of the Saab 99/900 black turbos – while also introducing cutting-edge technology. This ultimate expression of the new 9-3 range will deliver standard-setting levels of performance for the brand.
It was at Frankfurt in 1977 that Saab surprised the automotive world in revealing its first turbocharged model. It set a performance trend that others were to follow. Now the innovative features of the new Saab Turbo X are also expected to attract widespread emulation.
To read all that’s now known about the Turbo-X so far, click here.
In short, the Turbo-X is expected to be the launch vehicle for Saab’s new XWD system. It’ll feature a 280hp engine, special trim and the full XWD system.
Later models that feature XWD will have the eLSD component as an option, but it’s believed that the Turbo-X will come with the full, brand new XWD system.
The name “Black Turbo” is the name by which this project first became known around the end of 2006. I tend to think that it will remain as the name for this car among enthusiasts.
You can see from the photo above that the brushed trim around the grille, air dams and foglamps appears to be a bit more subtle. That appears to be one heck of a deep front spoiler, too.
The spoiler in the front seems to feature a more sophisticated air dam with a splitter and different mesh, and it’s much deeper than the standard Aero unit (see below). Click both images to enlarge.