• Sep 9, 2007
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Though scheduled to debut next Tuesday at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show, the special edition Saab Turbo X has arrived a bit early courtesy of one particular Swede-o-phile over at Trollhattansaab.net. Actually, only three more images have arrived, but in addition to the front teaser shot that Saab had already released, the new pics show the car from the rear, as well as its exclusive blacked-out interior.

To refresh, the Saab Turbo X will debut the automaker's new XWD all-wheel drive system from Haldex. It's capable of dividing power between the front and rear wheels, but also from side to side in the rear thanks to a new electronic slip differential. Saab's 2.8L turbocharged V6 has been worked over for duty in the Turbo X and now produces 280 hp, up from 255, and 295 ft-lbs. of torque. Trollhattan reports that it will be good for a 5.7 second sprint to 62 mph, which makes it one of the fastest Saabs we've ever heard of.

Check out the official tech specs and press release from Saab at Trollhattansaab.net.

[Source: Trollhattansaab.net]



The gofastedness of the Saab Turbo X will be backed up by a jet black paint job that harkens back to the "Black Turbos" of old from Saab. The XWD system will be twisting a set of particularly handsome 19-inch wheels, though North American customers will be limited to 18-inchers for some reason. Finally, a new front bumper with larger air intake, rear deck lid and dual exhausts round out the exterior treatment.

Only 2,000 Turbo X models will be produced worldwide, though they will be available as both a sedan and Sport Combi wagon. We expect more official images to be waiting for us when we touch down in Frankfurt, and we'll fill up our camera with live shots of Saab Turbo X for you, as well.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Am I the only one who thinks that GM overdosed on the Swedish styling?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Fantastic looking car with a great engine. I'd gladly take this over the STI and EVO for the looks and the interior. I can't stand the giant wings and other ricer adds on those cars.
        • 7 Years Ago
        How does this car compete with an EVO or STI at all? Just because they're both turbocharged and AWD? That's like saying a Merc S500 competes with a Corvette Z06 because of V8 and RWD. The Saab is a poser/semi-luxury car, the EVO/STI is a hardcore performance car and nothing else. And go look at a rally car, notice the "big wings" and such, it's REALLY rice isn't it? Also kind of funny to see someone praising a car from a brand that has the #1 sign of 'rice' throughout the tail lights of their entire range now.
        • 7 Years Ago
        An S60R doesn't compete with an equivalent year M3? That is a good one! Thanks for making me laugh after I had to watch my Eagles play like crap!
        • 7 Years Ago
        This car competes with the Evo and STi as much as the Volvo S60 competes with the S4 and M3. In other words, it doesn't.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Car looks good, but will probably cost too much to be competitive for what it is.
      • 7 Years Ago
      what does the XWD technology do that is significantly better mechanically,than AWD systems?
      any better gas mileage?
        • 7 Years Ago
        It all depends on how the Haldex clutches are used. A single one can be used in a simple FWD w/part time AWD system like in the S40, MazdaSpeed 6 and Audi TT, or you can use a lot of them and make a system that can route power to any wheel like the Nissan Skyline V-Spec II.

        It all depends on how much money and weight you want to put into it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I watched a promotional video by haldex, the makers of xwd. They said that as much as 98% of the torque or as low as 2% can go to any of the wheels. I also heard that is alot faster and smoother when it kicks in. If i can find the link i'll post it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I found the link http://www.haldex-xwd.com/. I was wrong its 2% to 85%. These guys do AWD for some Audi's and the Veyron, i'd say they are pretty respectable.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That looks extremely hot.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Saab's AWD system is actually able to transfer power to FWD or RWD as may be needed.

      An excellent system totally different from most AWD.

      Yes in a recent test of AWD vehicles it was only matched by the Porche 911 Turbo through the slalom tests
        • 7 Years Ago
        It is still haldex.
        The new 9-3 is still mechanically only front wheel drive.
        Then there is the latest haldex clutch to couple the rear differential.
        Then there is a computer controlled clutch to control clamp load across the differential.
        It is not even a torque vectoring differential that BMW/ZF are doing.

        I wonder if porsche uses software to improve vehicle dynamics. The active yaw damping looks especially made for the slalom.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice but not Great looking Saab.
      sure it might compete with Audi, but what new features does it have that will steal me away from Audi/BMW?
      XWD is nice but Audi and everyone else had it for years.
      add some diesel and hybrids some not offered in similar autos.
      GM's best bargain is Saturn.They get hybrids and Saab/Opel technology.
      Will the next Aura have AWD/XWD?
      Maybe hybrid AWD
        • 7 Years Ago
        I don't think you quite understand Saab, nor XWD. Your comparison of XWD to Quattro is incorrect. Road&Track test drove the XWD Saab against a plethora of other German marques, including Audis, BMWs, Mercedes, and Porsches, and the only vehicle of the bunch that beat the XWD Saab in the slalom was the Porsche 911 Turbo. This XWD technology is significantly better mechanically, technologically and functionally than any other system out there. This is Road&Track's opinion, which you can read on their website if you prefer than to have my summarization at hand. I believe Car and Driver may have test driven it as well.
        • 7 Years Ago
        "Nice but not Great looking Saab.
        sure it might compete with Audi, but what new features does it have that will steal me away from Audi/BMW?"

        I have an '07 SC Aero I drove Audi, BMW, Subaru and Volvo wagons.
        More comfortable seats (for me at least) more rear seat room, more cargo capacity, lower cost, and a longer warranty. Moreover, since more people typically choose the cars that I didn't, my car came in at 28K (from 35K) after discounts.


      • 7 Years Ago
      hmm has a bit of an Aura of vectra about it I think ! assuming it still uses the same bits. At least its black and a turbo but wheres the hatch ?
      • 7 Years Ago
      As a current Saab owner this makes me very excited. But with how expensive current Saabs are. I don't even want to think of how much this thing will be.
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