That large ‘T’ badge on the Turbo-X

Turbin (written with a capital T) has offered a possible solution for the mystery of the large ‘T’ on the Turbo X badge. With homage officially intended towards the classic 900 and 99 turbos, many were wondering why Saab would go with a large ‘T’ on the Turbo X badge when the 900 had a small ‘T’.

Perhaps, in homage to another of Saab’s previous turbocharged iterations, they felt that a large ‘T’ was an appropriate tribute to the 9000 Aero, even though the press release never mentioned it. Being a fellow 9000 owner (albeit with a small ‘t’ under the hood) I can live with that.

Here’s an example (great car, by the way).

Saab 9000 Turbo

The Saab 9000 Aero was definitely a car worthy of some recognition in this manner. There’s precious few tributes to that monster of a car, so let’s create one.

There’s nothing official from anyone at Saab to indicate that this is the case with the badging of the Turbo X, but I think all 9000 Aero owners (or non-Aero large ‘T’ owners) should permit themselves the luxury of being able to say this is so.

It works for me, but if you’ve got any alternative theories or conflicting opinions then feel free to voice them.

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  1. An interesting take. The question remains, however: the 9-3 is the spiritual (and marketplace) successor to the 900, whence the 900 turbo. So why crib nomenclature (or, in this case, capitalization) from the 9000?
    Personally, I think the answer to the question is the same answer to the question, “Why didn’t Saab just call it the 9-3 turbo?” (Well, to be fair, I guess there’s also the argument that the Aero and the 2.0T are already turbo models.) While Saab clearly wants the 9-3 Turbo-X to be a tribute to the mythic black 900 turbo models of the ’80s, it also wants the new car to be its own model, so perhaps this is a gentle prod at tradition, reminding us loyal fans (the only people, I might add, who are pedantic enough to notice things like this) that Saab’s got more cards to play than just its history.

  2. MJL, you’re absolutely correct. They can call the darn thing what they please and are probably laughing at us right now for talking about it. Turbin sent me his thoughts with the preface that it was mainly to stir up the hardline traditionalists out there.

    Bottom line: it doesn’t matter at all, but amongst those of us with little else to worry about (i.e. everyone here, as you point out), it makes for some interesting discussion.

  3. “Why didn’t Saab just call it the 9-3 turbo?”

    I guess the main reason for this is the all new XWD thus the name Turbo X, first Saab crosswheeldrive.

    9000 Aero badging is interesting. Our previous Aero didn´t have any engine badge and according original owner, the car didn´t have it from the start.

    If they would´ve really wanted to Turbo X to be a tribute for c900 there should´ve been “turbo” badges on the sides of new clamshell hood! 🙂

  4. I always thought the “t” and “T” were simply to differentiate between light pressure turbo and full pressure turbo ??

    My FPT 9000CSE came without the grille turbo badge nor the rear badge. So I went to the dealer and bought both. But the rear one I bought is “2.3t turbo” which hindsight may have been a mistake if it’s supposed to denote LPT.

    Anyone ?

  5. The people at Saab probably never had a discussion about this and are reading this now wondering why we’re all so obsessed over the capitalization of a letter.

    Seriously guys, WTF…

  6. 😀 Nooo.. it´s very important if we have t or T!

    1. They (saab) made the difference by themselves. You can buy 2.0t or 2.0T 9-3 today and there´s a big difference between them.

    2. Then again. We are talking about spiritual successor of C900 turbo. And on C900 it was always “turbo”.

    ..anyways, WTF 😉

  7. ..and also the amount of T´s is very important. Like TiD, TiDS or TTiD. There´s a huge difference.

    And I wonder why twin turbo engine is not TTiDS? Imagine a badge on a trunk : Aero TTiDS.. need more letters, eh?

    But still, I´ll get mine debadged anyway…

  8. all are yummy 9000s. congrats guys…

    ive read that abbotted 9000 page a few times now… congratS!!! I wonder if you still have the car, and if you’ve modded it any more?

    one thing i always wonder when I go on abbott’s site, and they have an answer to my question on there which im too lazy to read… but what exactly is ‘gas-flowed’ cylinder head? Do they run some super corosive liquid through the head so all the passages grow a little bit, then add bigger valves to accomadate? test the cylinder head’s flow? how would that increase performance?

  9. I think that SaabKen is right. The capital T is for full-pressure (approximately 1 atmosphere) of boost, while the lowercase t is for the LPT (around .6 atmospheres).

  10. I wrote about this large T letter on this site when Turbo X was released. The capital T look stupid since Saan has never written it such a way ever. Also the turbometer in the instrument cluster shows “turbo” with a small t.

  11. Well there’s my proof guys,gals and pedants, the late 9000 Aeros, the last Saabs to have a ‘Turbo’ badge, had it with a Capital T. That makes the Turbo X badging a logical evolution and retains Saab continuity. All is well in the Saabiverse : ]

  12. turbin (or is that “T”urbin ?), 😉

    My wheels are standard silver/anthracite aero wheels (not the all-silver “super aero” wheels). Yes IMHO they are some of the most SAAB of all Saab wheels 😀

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