The comments to the post about a possible V8 for the Saab 9-5 were brilliant, save for one rant that I don’t think was called for and was out of place here. Regardless, there’s a lot of good thoughts there.
FWIW, some ongoing Djup Strupery leads me to believe that due to interest from the US, Saab are having to consider the addition of a V8 engine to the lineup. Take that as it reads. My mail is that the Swedes would be happy with a better developed V6, but the powers that be want a V8 and are even offering the opportunity to turbocharge the Northstar V8. Of course, price-creep will be inevitable with such a setup.
The polls were an interesting exercise in “what will people go for?” and the result seems to be a split decision. The one thing that really stands out is that if there’s going to be a V8, people see it as essential that it’d need to be turbocharged to retain that certain Saabiness.
I took two snapshots of the poll results. One at 11.15pm last night, which would have been just as the east coast of the US was getting about its day i.e. it’s mostly European votes.
This second snapshot was taken at 7.55 this morning, some 8.5 hours later, with US readers given a chance to add their vote during their workday.
I don’t know whether I expected the proportions to change a great deal, but I’m quite encouraged to see that they didn’t.
It seems that Saab fans the world over are of a pretty similar mind. The single biggest category is one that disagrees with the notion of a V8 Saab. Added together, the two “positive” options outpace the negative votes, but only if the vehicle’s turbocharged.
The V8 option would be an upper level option and I’m sure there’d be a V6 and maybe even the four-cylinder base would be retained. So if you don’t want the V8, there’s still going to be something there.
But if there is going to be a V8 option in a Saab – then turbocharge it.
As I said in the original article, I still believe that a V6 is plenty for a Saab. When can the worldwide premium brand get hold of some of that DI technology?
Thanks for your participation in the poll and your comments. If you haven’t read them yet, then get to it. Just hold off on the nationalistic ranting or I’ll close comments promptly.