Saab Turbo X at MPH

As if you needed another reason to try and get along to see Messrs Clarkson, Hammond and May presenting some of the hottest cars in the world live on stage, this year’s MPH show will feature the UK debut of the Saab Turbo X.

There was a writeup on the show in The Times Online and Terry D was kind enough to transcribe a copy for use on the site.

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Saab 9-3 Turbo X <---
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The Turbo X is making its UK debut at the MPH show and exists to celebrate Saab’s 30 unbroken years of making turbocharged cars. All Turbo Xs will be jet black and enjoy a 280bhp version of the twin-turbo 2.8 litre engine found in other Saabs. Its handling has been tweaked to cope with the extra power. Inside there’s a turbo boost gauge that’s a replica of the one used in the original 900 Turbo. And (?) when you turn the ignition on a “ready for take-off” sign flashes on the dash, which according to your mood, you may find amusing, inspirational or rather irritating.”

Interesting that they don’t mention XWD at all in the blurb, which is probably the main feature of the car.

MPH is on at two venues:

At Earl’s Court from November 1-4, and at the NEC (whatever that is) in Birmingham from November 8-11.

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  1. NEC is National Exhibition Centre a huge under cover centre where the Motor Show has previously been held. It is just off the M42 motorway on the eastern edge of Birmingham with masses of parking. Hope this helps.

  2. I hope Saab GB use the occasion to try talking the Top Gear guys into getting The Stig to take the Turbo-X around the track on the TV show. I’d be curious to see where it ends up ranked against the other cars that have gone around that track, especially considering Saab’s own testing has it besting the best of their Japanese and German competition, including the Porsche 911.

  3. Im going to Birmingham on the 9th, and ill be visiting the saab stand to see the black turbo (hopefully in wagon form) if i ilke what i see, ill propbably place an order.

    You can win 2xtickets by texting ‘BIRMINGHAM C’ to 67777 – i did 😉

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