• Apr 27, 2010
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Trollhättan fans aren't quibbling in light of the gallows rescue Saab recently received from Spyker Cars, so perhaps everyone got distracted letting out a collective sigh of relief instead of checking the lineup's option sheets carefully. Whatever the reason, it turns out that Saab is back to relying on four-cylinder engines for all its 9-3 and 9-3X powertrain needs.

Never a stranger to odd powerplants or engines from disparate manufacturers, Saab's long tenure as a ward of General Motors led to the appearance of Ecotec four-cylinders along with a version of GM's "high feature" V6. The LP9 turbocharged 2.8-liter V6 was a delightful mill in the last Turbo X we tried, but there's plenty right with the four cylinder engines that remain standing.

At this point, we're just champing at the bit to try out the new 2010 9-5, a model slated to come to market soon with the 2.8-liter turbocharged V6 Aero first, followed by a 2.0-liter turbo four model shortly thereafter as a 2011 model.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      That Turbo X thing is already a collector's item. I can't even find one for sale in Canada!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Our Saab Dealership currently has TWO in loaner status ready for sale. Alot of the people complain about the exhaust noise, its rather funny when I mention "well its because its a sport tuned exhaust" and they have this odd look upon their face. Check around the Boston area and you'll find my dealership ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Partial as I am to sixes, I don't see the issue. The 9-3 is a relative newcomer to six-cylinder power. And with Audi and BMW moving towards turbo-four power for lay models of the A4 and 3 Series, others will probably follow suit. The timing ensures that at the very least, Saab won't appear to be one of the 'sheep.'
      • 4 Years Ago
      Champing at the bit, not chomping
      • 4 Years Ago
      So, is the Aero package now just a suspension/exhaust/cosmetic upgrade now? I certainly wouldn't mind it if my 07 9-3 Aero was a tuned version of the 4 banger on the 2.0.. it would be more Saab-y, but I enjoy having the extra power that if it were the exact same engine would seem to make the Aero package like Volvo's R-design, and Saab does have a commitment to performance. Something tells me it's a holdover... '10 was going to be a strange MY for SAAB anyway, with them jumping into production mid-cycle.

      Seems like there would have to be a little tweak to up the performance on the Aero in the coming year(s). Again, having an all 4 cylinder lineup on the 9-3 seems fine, but there's got to be some performance boost to the hotter model. Doing a hot Viggen/Aero model is always a Saab thing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      No V6... that's a bummer... but it did drink gas a little too quickly...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm pretty sure that they removed the V6s last year, at least here in sweden. No worries, they're turbo 4s are fun. The 2.0T bipower has 200 ps with E85, and feels like a classic turbo engine, lag and all. Very fun.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The 4 banger isn't bad, but I liked the sound of the V6. Had a pretty nice exhaust note.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My only disappointment is that the 2.0 DI 260hp turbo will not be offered in the Aero.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Full Disclosure: I work at a Saab Dealership.
      To be honest most of the people coming in for the 9-3 generally only care about the options and barely ever ask/care for the Aero package. If I had to give a figure I'd say 0.5 customers per 10 ask to see a Aero due to the V6.

      Also I hope Spyker will invest in some commercials come the new 9-5 release because I'm seriously getting tired of telling customers "Yes we got bought by Spyker." atleast 5 times a day. lol
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was looking at the 9-3 when I bought my GTI back in '07 - and I'm one of those that looked at the Aero in spite of the engine. Nicer wheels, better suspension... but 15 MPG city was painful to look at.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who needs the V6?
      Too heavy, too thirsty.
      What would be nice? Put the 2.0 with DI in asap.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the V6 models I've driven, but I prefer the 4... but I still need to BSR the one I own (chip) to get the power levels where they should be.

      I agree with the poster that is disappointed there won't be DI 260hp model as on option for the 9-3 Aero.
      • 4 Years Ago
      With Saab's knowledge and background in turbos I'm not at all upset at the loss of the v6. I'm just patiently waiting the return of the Viggen.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, fewer cylinders = less weight (generally) and that is always a good thing. A tasty morsel would be a 2 liter bi-turbo.
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