Saab Turbo X: Return of Iconic Saab ‘Black Turbo’

The Turbo X Limited Edition takes Saab ‘back to the future’ by evoking the iconic appeal of its first black 900 Turbo while also introducing innovative Saab XWD technology.

Conceived as a celebration of three decades of Saab leadership in the art of turbocharging, the Turbo X sets new standards for the brand in driver-focused performance by aligning Saab’s cutting-edge all-wheel-drive system with an uprated 280 hp/ 400 Nm 2.8V6 turbo engine and sports-tuned chassis.

Black Turbo Reborn

Available in 9-3 Saloon or SportWagon bodystyles, the Saab Turbo X features a metallic jet black paint finish in homage to its illustrious black 900 Turbo forebear.

It is visually distinguished by styling additions that also improve aerodynamic efficiency. At the front, a deeper lip spoiler and integrated air intake helps reduce drag and increase airflow to the engine. At the rear, a re-profiled bumper and insert panel lowers the point of air flow separation, further reducing drag and assisting high speed stability. The Saloon also features a rear spoiler that reduces high speed lift forces at the rear axle.

All exterior detailing is accented in a matte grey titanium-like finish, shared by unique 18-inch alloy wheels (19-inch optional) that evoke the look of Saab’s classic three-spoke design.

Inside, the ‘black turbo’ theme is continued throughout the cabin. The sports seating, with additional bolstering, is upholstered entirely in black leather. The carbon fibre finish to the main fascia, door inserts, glove box and gear shift console is unique to the Turbo X.

A thick-rimmed, soft grip leather steering wheel gives the driver a more tactile feel. And seating comfort can be taken a step further with an optional premium, natural leather interior, which includes perforated bolsters for the front seat squabs and backs.

In recognition of Saab’s turbo heritage, the boost gauge is a replica of the original 900 Turbo display. Owners will also enjoy a personalised greeting when they get behind the wheel and switch on the ignition. A unique ‘Ready For Take-off’ message flashes in the main instrument display. The owner’s name, with the edition number of the car, can also be programmed for display by the supplying dealer.

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Driver Focus

To further exploit the benefits of Saab XWD, complete with its rear eLSD (see separate release), the chassis is lowered by 10 mm and the springs and dampers stiffened to minimise body movement. To maintain a constant ride height, irrespective of load, self-leveling dampers are fitted at the rear.

Stopping power is also increased with larger brake discs fitted: internally ventilated (345 mm diameter x 30 mm) at the front and externally ventilated (292 mm diameter x 20 mm) at the rear. Standard 235/45 R-18 tyres ensure excellent mechanical grip for the 18-inch alloy wheels.

The powerhouse at the heart of the Turbo X is a 24-valve, 2.8-litre V6 turbo engine generating 400 Nm of torque between 2,150 and 4,500 rpm and maximum power of 280 hp (206 kW) at 5,500 rpm. The advanced specification includes a lightweight, all-aluminium construction with a 60-degree angle between the cylinder banks for perfect balance, variable inlet valve timing and twin-scroll turbocharging. It is offered with a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmission. This responsive, high torque powerplant is the perfect partner for Saab XWD.

Only 2,000 examples of the Turbo X will be built, 500 of which will be available to the UK market. Prices start from £32,495 with customer deliveries beginning in March 2008. A tribute to Saab’s pioneering work with turbocharging, the Turbo X will appeal to all enthusiastic drivers who seek a rewarding experience behind the wheel.

Marseille Press Kit – February 2008

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Technical Specifications

Engine:
2792cc. V6. Aluminium cylinder heads and block. Twin-scroll turbocharger, intercooled. DOHC, 24-valve. Variable valve timing (inlet). Dual-mass flywheel. Bosch Motronic ECM
Bore/stroke: 89.0/74.8 mm. Compression ratio: 9.5: 1. Max. Boost Pressure: 0.8 bar.
Max power: 280 hp (206 kW) @ 5,500 rpm.
Max. torque: 400 Nm @ 2,150 – 4,500 rpm

Transmission:
Saab XWD, all-wheel-drive.
6-speed manual or automatic gearbox
Electronic rear limited-slip differential (eLSD) standard with Turbo X

Suspension:
Front: MacPherson struts, gas shock absorbers. Anti-roll bar.
Hydroformed, isolated sub-frame.
Rear: Indep, four link, incl. toe-link. Coil springs, gas shock absorbers,self-levelling
Anti-roll bar. Isolated sub-frame.

Steering:
Rack and pinion, hydraulic power assistance.
Turning circle (kerb to kerb): 11.7m. Lock to lock: 2.75 turns

Wheels, Tyres:
Turbo X : 18 x 7.5″, 235/45R18, 19 x 8″, 235/45R19 optional
Brakes:
Hydraulic, dual circuit, vacuum booster.
Ventilated discs. Turbo X: 345 mm / 292 mm

Performance Data (manual transmission)
0-60mph: Turbo X: 5.4s (Saloon) 5.6s (SportWagon)
Top Speed: Turbo X: 155mph (Saloon, SportWagon)
Fuel consumption/CO2: Turbo X: 26.4mpg / 254 g/km (Saloon)
(combined mpg, g/km): Turbo X: 26.2mpg/ 258 g/km (SportWagon)

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