Saab Turbo X

26Sep07

Saab Turbo X 
Saab Turbo X Sedan 

The Saab Turbo X was unveiled exactly 30 years after Saab revealed its first turbocharged model. Available in Sport Sedan or SportCombi bodystyles, the Saab Turbo X limited edition showcases the launch of Saab XWD. Offered only in metallic jet black, with the front grille and all exterior detailing accented in a matte titanium finish, it represents a contemporary expression of its illustrious black 900 Turbo forebear.

The V6 turbo engine produces 280 hp and 400 Nm of torque combining turbo power for the first time with XWD.  XWD is an active all-wheel-drive system, sophisticated electronics control the balancing of drive torque, not only between the two axles but also between the rear wheels. Data from the ABS and ESP sensors is utilized by XWD to constantly adjust for oversteer or understeer. The electronically-controlled rear limited slip differential uses inputs from the rear wheel speed sensors. Up to 40% of torque can be transfered to the wheel with most grip.

The 24-valve, 2.8-liter V6 turbo engine generates 400 Nm of torque between 2,150 and 4,500 rpm and maximum power of 280 hp at 5,500 rpm. The all-aluminum construction with a 60-degree angle for perfect balance features variable inlet valve timing and twin-scroll turbocharging. Offered with a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

The Turbo X sits 10 mm lower on stiffer springs and dampers. To maintain a constant ride height irrespective of load, self-leveling dampers are fitted at the rear.Internally ventilated 345 mm brake discs at the front and externally ventilated 292 mm at the rear make sure the Saab Turbo X stops. Standard 235/45 R-18 tires ensure excellent mechanical grip for the 18-inch alloy wheels with Saab’s classic three-spoke design.

Distinctive styling additions are designed to improve aerodynamic efficiency, as well as emphasize the Turbo X’s performance focus. At the front, a deeper lip spoiler and integrated air intake contribute to reduced drag while also increasing air flow to the engine and intercooler.At the rear, the re-profiled bumper and insert panel lowers the point of air flow separation, reducing drag and assisting high speed stability. The rear spoiler that extends the line of the trunk deck, reducing high speed lift forces at the rear axle.Twin tailpipes complete the exterior additions.

Inside, the ‘black turbo’ theme is continued with sports seats in black leather and a thick leather steering wheel. Seating comfort can be upgraded with premium natural leather and perforated bolsters. The boost gauge is a replica of the original 900 Turbo display. When you switch on the ignition ‘All Systems Go’ flashes on the instrument display. Alternatively you can have your name, with the edition number of the car programmed by the dealer. Carbon-fiber main fascia, door inserts, glove box and gear shift surround finish the interior nicely. 

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