Greg Abbott has done a little more digging into the very brief comparison posted on the Saab USA website between the Saab Turbo X and the Audi S4.
Saab’s comparison looks like this:
Greg’s added to the comparo with the following:
One note – I believe that 0-60 figure should be around 5.7 seconds.
Now the good news from all this is that with the Saab’s weight advantage and beefy low-end torque, that it should pace pretty well in comparison to the S-line.
With the XWD system it should definitely have some handling benefits, too.
My main worry when I wrote my 0.02c worth on the pricing of the car was the perceived premium prospective buyers would have to pay over an A4, rather than an S4, and I still maintain that concern.
It’s a hefty price premium over the top level A4, which has pretty useful performance and a class-leading interior. I don’t like Audis at all, but credit where credit’s due.
Ken B, in comments, has also taken the time to do some build-work that I didn’t have time to do last night when the pricing news was posted.
To continue my pricing questions, I built some configs myself. For what it’s worth, according to Edmunds:
2008 9-3 Aero + Touring & Cold weather Packages + upgraded leather + metallic paint = $38,910
2008 9-3 Aero as above + estimated $2K for XWD and $1K for eLSD = $41,910
2008 9-3 Turbo X = $42,510 (does this include the touring and cold weather packs? If not, add $1,445.)
Exclusivity and “bling” seem to cost about $600-2,000. That’s a fairly cheap “halo” (I’d gladly pay it in the afterlife, if they accept AmericanExpress!)
2008 BMW 335xi starts at $41,575 (including the destination charge). Add in cold weather and premium packs, along with park assist and metallic paint for $45,800.
2008 Audi A4 3.2 quattro starts at $38,025. Add in the convenience and cold weather packs along with aux jack, rear side airbags, park assist, sport suspension, and metallic paint for a total of $41,950.
2008 Volvo S60 2,5T AWD with advanced, premium, and climate packages along with metallic paint for $36,604. (But it’s the weakest engine of the group.)
This may be a bit more apples for apples than the initial post that I wrote. It’s hard to tell without a full equipment and ‘intagibles’ check list.
Bottom line: the Saab Turbo X is going to be one heck of a car and if I had the money I’d pick one up in a snap. I just wonder whether owners from other brands will see the price and still consider taking a test drive.
I hope so. It deserves it.
The other thing about all this comparison stuff, including everything that I wrote last night, is that it’s all somewhat redundant anyway.
These are a limited edition and will sell. The real comparison of importance will be the Aero version with XWD as that’s what’s going to be on sale on a continuing basis.