posted 9 years ago

Saab Turbo Revisted

Saab is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its first turbocharged car with the introduction of the limited-edition Turbo X

Saab is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its first turbocharged car with the introduction of the limited-edition Turbo X, due here next March.

This car was first announced in early August (see news story) but at that time Saab was keeping most of the details secret. It has now been revealed that the 280bhp 2.8-litre V6 engine will drive through all four wheels using a system called Saab XWD, which monitors and if necessary alters the distribution of power according to circumstances.

Other notable features include a ride height that's 10mm lower than standard, uprated springs and dampers (self-levelling at the rear), larger brake discs (345mm up front, 292mm at the rear) and 235/45 tyres on 18" wheels.

More trivially, the boost gauge is a replica of the one used in the original 1970s 900 Turbo, and when you turn on the ignition you're greeted with a message in the instrument display which reads "Ready For Take-Off". That's for UK-spec cars, at least - in the US and Canada, no doubt for legal reasons concerning buyers who might complain that their cars did not actually leave the ground, the message is "All Systems Go".