UPDATE – looks like the consensus opinion is that it’s a done up MY08 in black rather than a done up Turbo X and it’s presence there at the same time as the Turbo X’s debut at the show is coincidental.
Two more photos have come in, from Vaidas. He spoke to the guys there (from City Saab) and here’s the low-down.
It’s a 2008 Saab 9-3 2.0T with a pretty comprehensive makeover with products from Hirsch. Power has been raised to 255hp and as you can see, it’s got the Hirsch 18×8.5 rims, the Hirsch dual exhaust and the mesh grille. Other additions are unknown but it was priced at a whopping GBP29K!!
Basic 500px photos here, but I’ll make them enlargeable later.
Unsure as to what’s going on here but I’m hunting for more info as we speak. This is the Saab on display at the MPH show at Earl’s Court.
Robin M has just received this pic via SMS.
MPH is the show where the Turbo X is making it’s British debut.
Maybe Saab GB have decided to put a different spin on it, or do it up even more than how it comes from the factory?
That looks like a set of double-blade wheels and it’s definitely a different rear spoiler treatment. It also looks like it’s got a customised Gripen badge on the back where the Turbo X badge should be.
Initial thoughts – there must be an actual Turbo X there as well as I can’t believe that the Brits would debut the Turbo X like this. Not that I don’t like it, but it’s so different to the advance publicity shots etc.