They call it driving.ca in the title image but the web address is autos.canada.com and the article appeared in a paper called the Times. This web syndication business is enough to make your head spin!
But that’s no reason to ignore this road test of the 2008 Saab 9-3 Aero. I’d take a guess and say that it’s been written by someone new to Saabs, and when this happens the writeup is usually written with other ‘Noobies’ in mind. Sometimes it’s best to get back to basics and experience that initial appreciation all over again:
Saab’s current advertising tagline is “Born from Jets,” a reference to its aeronautical past, which includes the design and manufacture of fighter jets.
But once the turbocharger kicks in on the refreshed 2008 Saab 9-3 Aero, drivers might agree there is something behind the marketing slogan…..
….The turbo is mated to a 2.8-litre V-6 that produces 255 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, and while that’s not enough to get airborne, it is enough to attract the attention of BMW and Audi trying to keep up with the low-flying Swede.
High praise indeed, but this really is a great engine (it won a Ward’s award in it’s first year with Saab, remember) and the 2008 improvements have really made the 9-3 an even better drive.
I won’t reproduce any more of the review here, except for this photo, which I think’s a great one of the interior.
Click on through. If you’re new to the 2008 Saab 9-3 then it’ll be 5 minutes well spent.