Jul 21

Saab Turbo X

This year, Saab introduced a very limited edition 9-3 that is a throw-back to the 1985 Saab 900 SPG, a classic coupe known for its trademark black exterior treatment, three-arm alloys, and turbo engine. This year’s special edition is called the Turbo X, and it’s a Dark Knight, if I’ve ever seen one.

The Turbo X is powered by a 280hp turbo-charged V-6, and thanks to the Haldex 4 all-wheel drive and rear electronic limited-slip differential (eLSD) that moves the torque from side-to-side which dampens the yaw. Thanks to the Haldex 4 and eLSD, this is the first Saab I’ve ever driven that doesn’t let the steering own you when you’re mashing the accelerator down. And after my test-drive, I can tell you that this is the best handling Saab ever built.

It sits 0.4 inches lower than the Aero trim package, and has larger braker, stiffer springs and dampers, and rides like a true sports car.

The all-black exterior, and interior is amazingly apportioned, and the classic boost guage taken from the 1985 Saab 900 is nostalgic touch that will make any Saab fan feel at home. You can get the Turbo X in a Sedan or SportCombi (wagon) model for around $44,000, if you can get one. There are only 600 being delivered to the U.S.

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