2008 Saab Turbo X – everything you need to know

UPDATE – Click here to view a comparison between the Saab Turbo X and the Saab 9-3 Aero with XWD.

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I’ve got a lot of information about the 2008 Saab Turbo X scattered in various posts on this website. I think it’s high time that all the important stuff is combined into one big article on the car.

This IS the mother of all Turbo-X entries with heaps of information from styling to specs, from XWD drive to Xclusivity, as well as a big gallery of photos at the end.

So, without any further ado, here’s the book on the Saab Turbo X….

Saab Turbo X

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Overview

The Saab Turbo X is the showpiece, limited edition model that was designed to debut Saab’s new all-wheel-drive system, dubbed XWD, or cross wheel drive. Known internally as the Black Turbo project, the Saab Turbo X was designed in concert with the refreshed 2008 Saab 9-3.

Saab Turbo X

Saab introduced its first turbocharged car, the 99 Turbo, at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1977 and it was at Frankfurt again, some 30 years later, that the Turbo X was introduced. Whilst the 1977 99 Turbo was shown in pearlescent white, some of the most desireable Saab production turbos have been black in color, hence the coloring for this new model.

With respect for Saab’s prior black turbos, both the world debut in Frankfurt and the US debut in Boston saw the Turbo X showcased with a pristine black 900 Turbo.

The addition of XWD to the Saab 9-3 range should see an expansion of interest in the model range, as both performance and versatility in trying, cool climate conditions can be enhanced. The XWD system used in the Saab Turbo X is a brand new system from Haldex, who are also based in Sweden.

The Turbo X will come in both Sport Sedan and Sport Combi body styles, has a 2.8l V6 twin-scroll turbocharged engine putting out 280hp (206kW) and 400Nm of torque. Both manual and automatic transmissions are available with 6-speeds each. 18-inch wheels are believed to be standard with 19-inch wheels available.

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Exterior

The Saab Turbo X is offered in one finish only – metallic jet black. The front grille and all exterior detailing are accented in a matte grey titanium-like finish.

Saab Turbo X

Saab Turbo X

The exterior of the Turbo X features a number of distinctive styling additions, which are designed to improve aerodynamic efficiency, as well as emphasize the Turbo X’s performance focus. At the front, a deeper lip spoiler and integrated air intake contribute to reduced drag while also increasing air flow to the engine and intercooler.

At the rear, the re-profiled bumper and insert panel lowers the point of air flow separation, further reducing drag and assisting high speed stability. The Sport Sedan features a rear spoiler that extends the line of the trunk deck, reducing high speed lift forces at the rear axle. The standard SportCombi already has a similar spoiler that extends the rear roof line.

Saab Turbo XThe Turbo X is also notable for its unique, 18-inch alloy wheels (19-inch are available as an option in most countries, but not in the US) with a grey titanium-like finish.

Twin, rhomboid-shaped tailpipes complete the exterior additions.

There is a full gallery of images at the end of this article

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Interior

The Saab Turbo X will feature some interior trim that’s exclusive to the Turbo X model line. Saabs are revered for their comfortable seats, which make long drives a breeze. The sports seats in the Saab Turbo X feature additional bolstering and are upholstered entirely in black leather. There’s an option to take the comfort level one step higher with premium black leather, as well, which includes perforated bolsters for the front seat squabs and backs (and which, personally, I think should be standard on this premium model).

The cabin shows sports a little bit of racing ambience with carbon-fibre highlights to the main fascia, door inserts, glove box and gear shift console, all of which are unique to the Turbo X and won’t appear on subsequent 9-3 models.

Saab Turbo X

The ‘batwing’ steering wheel from the regular 9-3 range is gone and the Turbo X driver will enjoy improved ‘feel’ through the addition of a thick-rimmed, soft grip leather steering wheel.

In recognition of Saab’s turbo heritage and the black 900s that it was displayed with on debut, the Turbo X boost gauge is a modern interpretation of the original 900 Turbo boost gauge.

Saab Turbo X

Owners will also enjoy a personalised greeting when they get behind the wheel and switch on the ignition, with a unique ‘Ready For Take-off’ message in the main instrument display.

The owner’s name, with the edition number of the car, can also be programmed for display by the supplying dealer. Personally, I think it’d be cool to be able to totally customise your message to something like “this car should have been called a Viggen” or “Bring Back the Hatch” 🙂

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Cross Wheel Drive (XWD)

The heart and soul of the Saab Turbo X is the brand new XWD system from Haldex. The Saab Turbo X is the first car in the world to use it and it’s a significant upgrade to previous AWD systems offered by other manufacturers.

Steve Shannon of SaabUSA recently described the operation of the system quite well:

The Saab cross-wheel drive system uses the same vehicle sensors that are utilized by the electronic stability control system to monitor wheel speed, yaw rate and steering angle. Superb handling and driver control is maintained by directing the torque to the appropriate wheels as required … dramatically improving the performance capability of the chassis. This effectively tames understeer and oversteer, raises the threshold where electronic stability controls step in with braking or throttle interventions, and gives the driver more active involvement in hard driving situations.

Larger brakes and a special sport-tuned and lowered chassis have been incorporated to take full advantage of the cross-wheel drive system and high-torque powerplant of the Turbo X.

There are many AWD systems out there that can split power delivery between the front and rear wheels. Saab’s new XWD system takes this one step further, via the use of an electronic limited slip differential that can also split power between the rear wheels.

Haldex XWD

As you can see, this very clever system is fully capable of delivering ample power to the wheels that need it. As little as 4% to the rear wheels when cruising and as much as 85% to a single rear wheel when needed. The system is designed to make the most of whatever torque is available, placing it where it’s required according to all the electronic gizmos controlling the system in the Haldex ECU.

Here’s the heart of the system:

Haldex TTD Above: The TTD coupling distributes the available torque between the front and rear axles as directed by the ECU. You can have heaps of rear drive for take-offs or up to 96% front drive for traction in snowy conditions, for example. The car is essentially able to have the best of both rear- or front-wheel-drive and of course, a combination of the two.

Haldex eLSD Above: The electronic limited slip diff is the second coupling in the system and distributes the available torque between the left and right rear wheels as directed, once again, by the ECU. As shown in the still-shot above, the sensors in the ECU detect relative traction and can compensate by directing torque where it’s needed. This helps out with quick lateral movements, allowing for greater safety in tricky situations, and better performance when you mean to be in a tricky situation!

Haldex ECU Above: This is the technology that controls it all – the ECU. It uses 20 different sensors around 100 times per second to detect changes in vehicle dynamics and thereby distributes torque – front to back and in the rear, from side to side. All this works in conjunction with the Traction Control System and ABS, of course.

NOTE: The electronic limited slip differential is standard equipment on the Saab Turbo X, but will be on option on all future Saab XWD models. As it’s the eLSD that makes the side-to-side power split possible, this is a fairly important option to consider.

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Performance

If there’s been one consistent criticism of the Saab Turbo X, it’s that horsepower figure (280hp). For an exclusive, limited edition flagship model with all-wheel-drive, many expected Saab to really uncork the genie and produce a 300hp+ vehicle. That the Turbo X is “just” a 280hp vehicle has left some people feeling a bit nonplussed.

Having said that, the Saab Turbo X is no slouch, with a 0-100 km/h time of just 5.7 seconds.

Saab’s emphasis with the Turbo X, however, is not on flat out power, but the ability for the driver to put more of that power to the ground in a controllable manner.

Saab’s own testing the development of this car pitted an XWD-equipped Saab 9-3 against a number of premium AWD vehicles from Germany and Japan, models that went unidentified except for one, the Porsche 911 Turbo.

The test was a simple slalom test to show the G’s that were built up and the ability of the test vehicles to get through the slalom with maximum control and in minimal time. The test course was 120 meters in length and the cars tested entered the course at 40 km/h. They then had to accelerate at full throttle and pass through a simple slalom test. The test measured their speed through the course as well as their speed at exit. Each car was tested over 20 times.

The results are documented below, this image being a still shot from video recorded at the launch of the 2008 Saab 9-3 in Sweden.

Saab XWD

The lines you can see measured their track through the course on their best run. The green line shows the path taken by the Japanese car. You can’t see the times due to the table in the foreground but it completed the course in just over 8 seconds and with an exit speed of 92 kph.

The German car is represented by the blue line and you can see its times on the right. Similarly with the Porsche, shown by the red line. The Saab fitted with the full XWD system is shown by the black line. It recorded a slower exit speed than the Porsche (though higher than the other two) but a quicker time through the actual course.

The XWD system in the Saab allows for greater traction, reduced G force and a greater ability to drive through a corner smoothly.

This is the key illustration in showing why the Turbo-X will be a much better performance car than the 280hp figure suggests. As well as the safety benefits that the XWD system will deliver, it will also allow for more stable performance.

Also, for a bit of fun, here’s some video of Saab 9-3 SportCombi equipped with the full XWD system being driven around a test course by Kenneth Backlund of the Saab Performance Team. I was fortunate enough to be in the car with him, with my video camera mounted in the car as well.

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Exclusivity

The Saab Turbo X will be limited to 2,000 production units worldwide. Known market allocations are as follows:

    US – 600 units
    UK – 500 units
    SWEDEN – 175 units
    CANADA – 125
    SWITZERLAND – 120
    GERMANY – 90
    AUSTRALIA – 30
    FRANCE – 50

The following image highlights the extras on the Turbo X that are enhancements in comparison to the Aero model with XWD. Click to enlarge:

Saab Turbo X

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Pricing

Pricing is not yet finalised for all markets, but for several of the major Saab markets, pricing information has been released. These are current as at November 2007:

Sweden: The price for the Sport Sedan is 409900 SEK, which includes the “Pilot-package”: including rain-sensing wipers, parking-sensor, handsfree-preparation, electric-seats with memory, theft-alarm.

Germany: The Turbo X sedan will be 46,000 Euros, and the SportCombi will be priced at 47,500 Euro.

United Kingdom: The sedan will be priced at £32,495 but there’s no word on the SportCombi yet.

United States: Pricing starts at US$42,510 for the Sport Sedan and the SportCombi is priced at US$43,310

All markets will have options available for varying prices and you should check with Saab in your country to find out what’s what and how much it costs. UK options and pricing are listed here.

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Specifications

Click here to see the full US Saab Turbo X Specifications. These specs will be almost exactly the same in other countries as well.

Following are the basic US specs for the Saab Turbo X.

Model: 9-3 Turbo X

Body style / driveline:

Sport Sedan: 4-door, 5-passenger, all-wheel drive;
SportCombi: 5-door, 5-passenger, all-wheel drive

EPA vehicle class: premium compact sport sedan and sport wagon

Engine:

Type: 2.8L V-6-cylinder high-output turbo

Displacement (cu in / cc): 170 / 2792

Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): 280 / 206@ 5500

Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm): 295 / 400 @ 2150

Acceleration 0-100kph: 5.7 seconds

Chassis/Suspension

Front: MacPherson struts, gas shock absorbers, anti-roll bar, hydroformed sub-frame

Rear: independent, 4-link (including toe-link), coil springs, self-leveling shock absorbers, anti-roll bar, sub-frame, Re-Axs rear-wheel steering system

Steering type: power-assisted rack and pinion

Brakes

Type: 4-wheel disc, hydraulic, dual-circuit with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), mechanical brake assist (MBA), vacuum booster, anti-lock braking system (ABS), traction control system (TCS) and electronic stability program (ESP), ventilated front discs and rear discs

Rotor diameter x thickness (in / mm):

front: 13.6 x 1.18 / 345 x 30
rear: 11.5 x 0.8 / 292 x 20

Wheels and Tires

Wheel size and type (in): 18 x 7.5-inch alloy

Tires: P235/45 R18

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Official car of the Sith

Cheers to Kroum for this animation, put together after one of the guys at Autoblog quipped that the Turbo X could be the Official Car of the Sith.

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Gallery

Photo credits:

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Rayman in Frankfurt
Johnny Del in Boston
Richo in Sydney
And CAM for the Darth Vader jobbie.

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56 Comments

  1. With regards to the car ‘just’ having 280bhp, there will be a Hirsch upgrade for the Turbo X, details to be confirmed in December for the UK market.

  2. Great, Swade! I just wish I could buy the TurboX for 409 990 SEK! Those few that will make their way to Norway (if any?) would probably cost almost double that..

  3. I’ve read comments in forums that the 19″ wheels aren’t offered in the US because of the bad condition of our roads which would lead to a lot of bent rims/complaints. Don’t have a clue if it’s true or not.

  4. Nice collection of picts.
    (Meanwhile I just noticed this 9Xx-relict in the design: Tailpipes are shaped liked that of the 9X, more or less.)

  5. I’ve read quite a few comments about why or why not Saab didn’t increase power on the 2.8L V6 more than they did with lots of speculation and rumors. But I’d bet if you sit down and look at it from a mechanical stand-point, the reason it doesn’t have 300hp is because the (relatively) tiny stock MHI TD04-15K turbo can’t efficiently move large amounts of air at higher boost/engine rpm’s. The twin scroll exhaust helps spool and flow and the turbo is great for making heavy torque down low, but the overall turbo is still on the small side and that hurts the top end from a performance standpoint (in other words they sized the stock turbo to match the engine well but didn’t design a lot of headroom or room to grow in power, and if they had done that it probably would have meant more lag, and lag is the enemy for gaining automotive press support).

    Since horsepower is calculated from rpm’s and torque ((torque x rpm) / 5,252 = hp), at lower engine speeds there’s enough exhaust gas flow to produce a decent amount of boost and hence big torque numbers, but due to the small turbo size, exhaust flow on the top end is restricted and less torque up top means less horsepower. As the rpm’s rise and more exhaust gas is created faster it can’t get out as easily as it can at lower revs, the engine has to pump harder and use more energy to get the exhaust out through the smaller turbo taking away power from the crank, combined with the compressor possibly not being as efficient at higher boost resulting in less dense air going in and less power being created. That all adds up to less power on the top end. That’s why it only has 280hp. Give it time (and more development $$$) and maybe we’ll see a larger turbo that can support more power (along with the bigger injectors and other pieces that may also be required). You can only do so much in software (i.e. PCM programming) to produce more power if you’re limited by hardware (and remember they must maintain much stricter durability goals than the aftermarket who may still be able to squeeze a little extra performance out of it, but I’m betting not a lot).

  6. Ok so here’s a thought…….. Vader has an “experimental Tie Fighter” in Star Wars episode 4 “A New Hope” (or the real first one depending on your viewpoint) caled the X1, so is the ideal registration for your brand new UK Turbo X be X1 VDR ?????

  7. did i miss the memo that it will be available in automatic? i thought they were all to be manual tranny 🙁
    i wonder what the ratio of stick to autobox will be?
    not good for those wishing to pick up a used one some day.

  8. Ted Y, this was also confirmed by my dealer, and is yet another Saab stupi-oddity in my books. If Audi, MB, BMW, Infinit and everyone else can offer 19 inchers, why can’t Saab?

  9. Thanks for the information all in on place. Despite all the enthusiasm here, I am not sure this will sell well in the US for the price. Far too much competition from marques that are more well known here with a better reputation (whether deserved or not) and have a real presence in motorsport. I wonder what the discounts will be to move these out of the showroom.

  10. There seems to be a conflict of information on the 0-100 kph time l have read 5.7 secs however there is also 5.4secs been quoted (in this section ) ? On the performance side other performance tuners as well as Hirsch are looking at the potential for Turbo X power enhancements and will probably have some upgrades available in 2008 . Re Socal_ Erics comments , this engine is built in Australia and is used by other car makers ( Alfa as an example as a non Turbo ) based on comments this engine is capable of producing well over 300hp.A 5.4 or 5.7 sec 0-100 kph puts it up there on the performance figures so that the torque down low is an absolute requirement to defeat the AWD transmission resistance from a zero start , top speed is still at the high end and probably is higher without the rev limiter . Air mass ( over ) volume delta P is low but configured in the right spot for this car , an extra 20- 30 HP gain is on the cards with some basic induction and fuel changes and some freeflow exhaust mods , and why l am interested ….because l have a Turbo X on order for June 2008 delivery …

  11. Aeroo, there is no conflict of information on the 0-100 km/h figure: it is 5.7 seconds. On the other hand, the 0-60 mph (miles, not kilometers) time is 5.4 seconds.

    60 miles = 96.56 km. Therefore, technically, the 0 to 96.56 km/h time of the Turbo X should 5.4 seconds. The extra 0.3 second is the time it takes the car to go 3.44 km/h faster.

  12. Thanks Kroum , still the 5.4 secs reads better. It will be interesting to see what Hirsch and other Euro tuners will gain from whatever upgrades they offer? If hypothetically with whatever they offer drops the 0-100 time a half second then this gets very interesting if a sub 5.0 secs is the outcome, then the Turbo X becomes a real challenger to more expensive Beemers and other Euros . The whole package of AWD, the looks with the potential for optimised performance is why l am buying this car

  13. I bet that BSR in Sweden will come up with a PPC upgrade with 300 HP and 480 NM, same as Opel Vectra OPC 280 HP and 350 NM — 300 HP and 480 NM

    I have sold my Aero 2006 with BSR upgrade and waiting for my Turbo X. Now i am driving a 9000 1997 with 135 HP, I miss my Aero.

  14. you can add Abbott to the list of potential Turbo X developers, they are yet to develop an upgrade kit however Giles is indicating , intercooler, exhaust,suspension , ECU and a possible Turbo upgrade as with other tuners will have to wait and see

  15. Today i got the news that i am one of 175 in Sweden to get the Black Turbo X. The letter was signed by big boss Björn Petersson.

    Good news!

  16. Excellent news, l will be checking my mail box with a little bit more interest from now on. Deliveries start in Australia June 2008 , i will have to wait a while

  17. Great News!
    Will be picking up the Saab Turbo X this April 15, 2008 in Trollhattan. Will be the very first privileged customer to pick up the Turbo X in the US. It is a great gesture considering, I am the first North America order for the Turbo X. Looking forward to my first drive in Sweden.

    Hmmmm. Not sure about this one. Saab USA confirmed with me today that there’s no Euro Delivery happening until MY09.

  18. Adam, you now have an obligation to write a review, take pics and send them to Swade, deadline April 16. Look forward to them.

  19. Picture this:
    1800PST (Pacific Standard Tine) Vancouver Auto Show – saw the Turbo X for the first time and was droooooling! 😀
    1815PST – “Dealer” – or was he the janitor – told me car has twin turbo 300bhp engine. Not available until June. Pricing, uh no. Test drive? Told had to contact the dealer (maybe he was the janitor?) but no contact info given.
    1817PST – Perplexed….no dumbfounded I began to realise that GM needs to sell Saab to someone who gives a damn.
    1825PST – Decided 95pc unlikely to buy a Saab as the BMW guy seemed to take me far more seriously.

  20. If you work or temporary assignment for the Department of Defense, or the US Military and are located outside the USA and its territories. Alternatively, you must be in possession of TDY/TAD orders to a foreign location at the time you place your Saab order. International & Diplomat Sales program can send you too Trollhättan in Sweden. I put the order through the IDS back in Sept. with help of Saab Military Sales of Bavaria Germany. http://www.saab-militarysales.com/

    http://www.saab.com/main/GLOBAL/en/ids/customized_delivery_factory_delivery.shtml

  21. Next changeling optical is to get Hirsch to upgrade US Spec Turbo X to the nice 300hp 430Nm software. Been talking to Hirsch, but this is just as hard getting Saab to give up Turbo X in April, instead of May… and I update my website link.

  22. Hirsch upgrade availability in the next two month therefore will we ship according orders received. First shipment will start end of April (UK) and end of May in the Nederlands.
    The upgrade is an Step 2 upgrade (Software and intercooler) and will offer 300hp/430Nm.

  23. Hello!

    In the lack on any useful information elsewhere I need some help;
    I m very much into ordering one of those mean machines, but i have a problem: the dealer in our country (EU) gave me a price that is Germanys+ tax (abovelisted for Germany is 47500 ) mine says 55 000, minus some cash discount
    So can someone who ordered one or knows the prices well tell me the exact or at least the approximate price including tax???

    As I d be a bit dumb to buy one for like 8000eur more than 500 km away???

    ASAP please!

    Thank you!

    M

  24. I keep reading that the 0-60 time is 5.4 seconds. I would assume that this is with a manual tranny. Does anyone have any idea how far behind the auto tranny would be?

    I’m getting pretty restless waiting for my car to arrive. Anyone have a confirmed pick up date in the U.S.?

  25. Probably 6.2 secs for the auto for 0-100 kph, less for 0-100 mph, still not bad and puts it in very close range of the performance bracket of its peer competitors.
    Different subject, the GM performance group in Australia (HSV) must be really excited about sharing the dealer floor with a potent bit of swedish muscle with the new 9.3 Aero XWD not far off . A simple compario – HSV rear wheel drive versus SAAB state of the art XWD, SAAB premium branding Vs ?? , SAAB fuel economy VS ?? , 0-100 SAAB is within the same bracket .
    The Turbo X is not a true halo car but it has opened up the opportunity for SAAB to position itself with a car with the size ,performance , safety and economy in a package that will make a positive difference

  26. Just ordered mine here in Canada last week. I’ve been pestering dealers to get my order in since January, and understand they now have “preference for build” for this corner of the earth.

    Most of the dealerships in Canada are only getting one or two, so with this being a driver’s car, I wouldn’t expect to see many, if any in an automatic. All tolled, the sedan hits $58,840 with NAV system and toys. Not cheap, but I’ll pay the premium for a little bit of history.

    Can’t wait to take it through the twisties from Calgary to Vancouver when it arrives in June!

  27. Chris, similar experiences here trying to order one since November last year.

    The last word I got is they will be arriving in the first half of June, which is disappointing.

  28. Flying this morning to pick up my Turbo X. by the time I drive back to Germany should be around the late 16th or morning on the 17th. That evening I should be ready to post pics.

  29. Did anybody knows if the special wheels for the Saab Turbo-x 19″ inch can ordered while i ám told that we can order these only directly by ordering the car and not after that.

  30. good luck to Adam…i am with you on 17th of April when you will take a first drive…my lucky time will come on 24th of April…and i with my TurboX will fly all around my small country- Latvia…where i will be just only one with my black devil…fantastic. Price 50000Eur with NAV and all other tolls seems to me Ok for JET 🙂

  31. I am a saab 900 enthusiast. I was very dissapointed with the release. It looks nothing like the classic 900 and doesnt have one once of its character or share one line. Ill keep my 88 turbo for now.

  32. Question, have SAAB already developed a 285 KW Turbo X or for those that still measure performance by horsepower multiply KWS x 1.341?
    Rumour ( reasonable SAAB source ) is that the answer is yes, when developing the Turbo X engine kit configuration in pre production phase, seems that a larger IC matched to a different turbo and a tweaked ECU gave a interesting outcome . If that is correct, then in my humble estimate of power over weight and a % for mechanical losses would have given possibly a sub 4.8 sec 0-100 KPH time . Oh glory be , GM USA and HSV performance in Australia may have been just be a tad concerned , figure it out a best in class AWD , and sub 5.0 sec time may have given GM marketing and the performance dealers some indigestion. So who is to say that what we have in the Turbo X or the new 9.3 Aero is a package that fits the GM premium positioning of allowing SAAB to be interesting, but never ever have the performance edge ??????????? The aftermarket dealers will have the answer…bring it on !

  33. This thing is just SOO comfy, that i refused to sit in the 9k For 5 mins:)
    Wish i would have gotten a look under the hood tho…

  34. I just got a call from my dealer – Dorschel Saab in Rochseter, NY and they have 2 Turbo X’s in – Sedan w/6spd manual, and a Sport-Combi w/auto. I am going to drive them tomorrow and will hopefully be taking the sedan home!

  35. Just installed Avic D3 in a new 2008 Turbo X.
    Replaced factory radio.
    Pioneer Avic D3 Nav – no lock out
    All Bose centerpoint components working.
    Fully integrated Bluetooth
    Installed both Sirius
    and XM with Nav traffic
    Ipod hook up installed.
    Rear View Camera
    DVD and Ipod video – no lock out
    Installer used off the shelf Metra Harness. No need to get something overseas. No other parts needed.
    Plug and play installation.
    3 Antennas hidden under front center speaker cover.
    Facia kit made from scratch. Not perfect. Will redo when I have the time. Any recommendations on a facia kit appreciated.
    Pioneer remote changes volume / stations.
    Steering wheel controls (volume / seek) should hopefully be working in a few weeks. Trying to figure that out and any help appreciated.
    Any questions, send an email.
    Link for Pictures:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/26930587@N02/

  36. Sam Leung, a group of SCCA Victorian members are considering another driving weekend in Tasmania, timing yet to be determined, this will include my Turbo X will be running this with the Tasmanian SCCA check the SCCA web site site for any updates

  37. For UK, main SAAB dealers are willing to do deals on Turbo X. Negotiated a fully loaded Turbo X (so, 19″ wheels, satnav, Bose etc. only except for leather upgrade) + Hirsch performance + pedals, door inserts….

    List over £40k (over £32,995 for standard list), demo with 5k miles £30k. Taking delivery next week – gonna miss my old 2004 6 speed Aero conv. – but not too much!

  38. Okay, I’m driving this car now for a couple of months. Its a tuned Hirsch version with 300 Hp and 430 torque. Overall I’m impressed by the driving qualities except for one thing. I think the torque (power) had is limited for instance at 3000 rpm second gear there is a kind of delay hesitation gap. I did not experience this in my former car a 93 Aero 2.8 Hirsche tuned.
    I had contact about this with Hirsch and they wrote me that it had to do with the lambda air/fuel ratio.The software is responsible that the emission stays where it has to, which means it will temporarly reduce the power if the emissions are to high! They did not answer my question why this wasn’t the case with my former car (new emission rules).
    Anyone of you who had the same experience?

  39. l have just taken delivery of my Turbo X in Melbourne yesterday August 21. The car was immaculately prepared by Lance Dixon in Melbourne ( Australia not Florida). To me, in a very short ownership time l have found there is no comparison to my other Saab a 9.5 Aero. This car drives , feels and sounds different it takes nothing away from my Aero which is a great car, the Turbo X is a real experience in its own right, it had no delivery problems at all!!!!!!!!! First impressions….wow….. this car is brand new it is not run in and l am not pushing it but you can really feel throttle and engine urge and the handling dynamics , l have the 6 speed manual and the 19″ wheels. l have read closely the pearls of wisdom from our erudite motoring journalists on the Turbo X, all I can say is they steal their oxygen at the expense of others, if there is Turbo lag then it may be in there simple addled minds which you get when you drive too many Beemers and Porsche’s.

  40. Saab Australia have had success with the sales of the Turbo X with around 50% of their allocation of 30 already sold. This is a good outcome for a car that has only been available for delivery here since mid August this year…this includes mine which was the first official Turbo X order taken last year for Australia

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