Some people have queried whether the Saab 9-3 Aero XWD, and the Turbo X, will be worth the price premium that will be placed on them.
We don’t have a price for the Turbo X yet, so let’s leave that one alone for the time being. But we can look at the Aero with XWD fitted.
It’s believed that the XWD Aero version of the car will be US$2000 more than the 2WD version, which will be around US$34,600 for the sedan. For your extra US$2000, you get the basic XWD system (without the eLSD – an optional extra) and you get your engine tuned to 280hp. There may be other extras as well, suspension perhaps, but for the moment let’s just deal with what we know.
To try and address this value equation, I thought I’d try and build up and XWD Aero for less than US$2000. As it’s a new car, It’d be preferable to maintain my warranty and to do that, I’d need to start with a visit to Hirsch (and I know you can’t get Hirsch in the US – just roll with me on this one, OK?).
Hirsch can’t fit an XWD system, but at least they can provide me with a tune for the engine.
That tune will get me 275hp and it’s factory backed, just as if it came off the Trollhattan production line that way. But it’s still short of the 280hp that Saab will offer with the XWD Aero when it comes.
Now that I’m all happily tuned somewhere close to what the XWD will offer, I now have just short of $200 to go out and purchase my all-new latest generation XWD system……
Whether the 2WD Aero should be priced where it is – that’s another question all together and the market will provide the answer in a few months time.
But the $2000 premium for the XWD variant of the car actually represents pretty good value for a factory fitted and tuned system.