• Oct 6, 2007
With stricter European emissions controls looming, expect to see Saab jump on the "less is more" (or, at the very least, "less is equal") bandwagon, joining companies like Renault and Volkswagen, which have begun implementing smaller engines that provide power comparable to larger units. In an interview, Saab Great Britain's managing director Jonathan Nash stated that smaller-displacement turbocharged E85 engines are likely to appear in the near term. Look for them to ape the success of the currently-available, larger BioPower engines that are top-sellers in Sweden. Those motors make more power on Ethanol than gasoline, and Saab feels it can go smaller without forcing drivers to accept a performance penalty. For consumers to take full advantage, their markets need to have readily-available E85 of course. Longer term, Nash says that the Biofuels and hybrid technology are probably the future of Saab, and you might remember that this combo was previewed last year in the Saab BioPower Hybrid concept.

[Source: 4Car]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Does Saab (GM) know something Mercedes and BMW don't? Last time I checked, they sell a lot more cars than Saab, offering large powerful engines AND the option of smaller more efficient powerplants for customers who want/need them.

      The relative lack of power has been the main factor keeping Saab off my shopping list, especially since the GM takeover. Don't ruin Saab when it's just starting to get good again.
        • 7 Years Ago
        mike, horsepower is like anything else; once you get used to a certain level, you always more. My 302 hp Mercedes now feels quite ordinary to me.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I drove a few Saabs in the late 80's/early 90's and loved them. But the same performance as the old 900 Turbos wouldn't cut it in today's market. Not for a "luxury" brand. That's my point; the competition has leapfrogged ahead.

        Sure, offer the "green" powerplants, but also offer something to compete with BMW's "M" division and Audi's "S" models, for a little less money.
        • 7 Years Ago
        500,
        Where do you drive man that you can use your 200-300-400 hp? I get on the road at 6AM and I can't
        use 40hp from a 167 hp engine.

        Is there a population decrease going on in your neighborhood? Because mine is just getting more crowded....

        Sometime the Auto-Oil-Industry is going to have to build cars for the Real World, and stop making them for the Imaginary World.
        • 7 Years Ago
        What if they eked out the same power:weight ratio of the old turbo 900 series, while providing a 20-30% advantage in mileage versus the competition?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Will it work on regular gas? So far I have only seen one fuel station that sells E85.
      I remember when Saab was working on an engine that was able to run on both gas and diesel.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Isn't this something Saab has been doing for a while? They've been using n/a and turbo four cylinders in most of their cars since at least the early nineties. My 2000 9-3 has a 2.0 turbo and gets over 35 mpg on the highway.
      • 7 Years Ago
      saab its getting sexy. if they get the biopower here in the states ill get it right away. saab is fun to drive.

      saab is sexy
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow imagine that. The newer version of a car which DOES NOT HAVE to be more powerful. Maybe, the same restrictions should be applied in the US!!