Jörgen’s car is a 2004 Saab 9-3 Convertible. But it’s not just that. As you can see, there’s some Nordic graphic work on the side there. This convertible is also a beta test model for Nordic’s latest E85 tune for the Saab 9-3.
This is a ‘conversion’ tune. That means that the car is originally a gasoline model that can now run efficiently on E85. I’m unsure as to how long it’ll be before it comes to market, but here’s what Jörgen told me about it via email…..
– He’s put 1,000km on since starting the ethanol conversion trial.
– Thanks to Nordic’s special E85 tune and the Ferrita exhaust he’s had fitted, he’s now getting around 260hp.
– This is a tune only, no specialised E85 parts have been fitted.
That’s all very good, but here’s the exciting bit:
– Jörgen’s also averaging around 12 litres per 100 kilometers travelled, which is just a touch more than what I use in my Viggen here in Hobart – on 98oct gasoline.
– His best mileage so far has been on a flat highway at 94 km/h where he attained 9 litres per 100km.
This Nordic tune provides similar real-world mileage figures to Saab’s own, which are most likely quoting gasoline figures. Saab Sweden don’t provide separate E85 mileage figures for their BioPower vehicles. The website gives just gives one figure, which you would have to assume to be gasoline (have a look at the gasoline and BioPower model’s mileage figures – awfully similar). As you know, running on E85 typically encounters a mileage reduction that can be up to 30%.
With Jörgen getting similar mileage to what I get in my Viggen around the hills of Hobart, I’d say Nordic are doing a pretty good job on this.
Apparently, this tune is still in beta at the moment and I don’t have any indication as to when it might be released.
This sounds like great news, but I’d love to hear more from Nordic about whether they consider changing out fuel lines, injectors etc to be part of the final product. Saab’s BioPower vehicles have several parts changed due to the different nature of the fuel. Hopefully we’ll hear more about this as the beta test progresses.
Remember, Nordic do have distribution in the US as well, so this may be something that US customers can access in the future – just do your homework about it first, OK?