Here’s one that’ll be of interest to a few of you European types…..
Autocar have written up a review of the TTiD, the new twin-turbo diesel engine in the 2008 Saab 9-3. This is the model I drove back in June and was so taken with. The Autocar guys seem to like it, but being motoring journalists, do the usual must-pay-homage-to-the-Germans thing. In other words, this one gets a pretty big tick.
The 9-3 1.9 TiD is good for up to 150bhp. But even this sort of power in a diesel-powered small exec saloon is quickly becoming the equivalent of turning up at a party with a cheap bottle of plonk, when everyone else has brought vintage Puligny Montrachet……
…..Enter then, the new Saab 9-3 1.9 TTiD.
One of the things that impresed me so much about the TTiD was the familiarity I felt when driving it. Apart from having it sound a little diesel-ish at idle, it drove like a Saab with heaps of torque and the dual exhaust on the Aero made it sound brilliant inside. The masses of torque gets you up an d moving very quickly.
Autocar seems to have a similar experience:
you can’t fault the zestiness with which the new motor endows the baby Saab. It’s got impressive urge from near tickover, all the way through to the red line. And it feels remarkably free-revving for a diesel.
I can’t paste too much more as it’s a short write-up. Well worth a read for anyone that’s not afraid of looking at something that’s not German.
And by the way, they mention that the TTiD is coming next year. I’ve heard recently from someone who’s ordered one and they’re expecting delivery in mid-to-late November.
So if you’re in the market then check it out. Get your dealer to make some real enquiries. You might be surprised.