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Limited Edition Saab Turbo X Ready For Take Off - (Australia)

April 29th, 2008



 

Saab Australia has announced pricing for the eagerly awaited all-wheel-drive limited edition performance Saab Turbo X.

Only 30 Turbo X vehicles will be released to customers in Australia and New Zealand, with 25 Sport Sedan and five SportCombi models arriving between June and September this year.

Turbo X is the first vehicle to offer the state of the art all-wheel-drive system, XWD (cross wheel drive), and is mated to Saab’s award winning 2.8-litre turbocharged V6 engine.

Pricing

The ultimate Saab performance machine, Turbo X is now on sale in Australia, prices listed below are recommended retail price excluding dealer delivery and government charges:

Saab Turbo X
 
Manual
Automatic
Sport Sedan 2.8TV6
206kW/400Nm
$88,800
$91,300
SportCombi 2.8TV6
206kW/400Nm
$91,300
$93,800

XWD

The Saab XWD system is an intelligent active all-wheel-drive system that continuously distributes engine drive torque between the front and rear axles and also between the rear wheels. This gives the driver optimum handling, stability and grip in all driving conditions.

To optimise traction at take-off, Saab XWD incorporates an innovative pre-emptive engagement of the rear wheels. Unlike conventional all-wheel-drive systems, this eliminates the need to detect front wheel slip before rear drive is activated; contributing to a system which Saab believes sets a new benchmark in all-wheel-drive performance.

Offering sure-footed handling in low-grip conditions, Turbo X also boasts the addition of an active rear limited-slip differential (eLSD) as standard. The eLSD can transfer up to 50 per cent of maximum rear torque between the rear wheels, to whichever has more grip.

Saab Black Turbo Reborn

In addition to tuning suspension, electronic chassis, throttle and powertrain settings, Turbo X features distinctive styling additions that enhance its aerodynamic performance.

Saab Turbo X extends the bold, progressive design themes of the new 9-3 range. Offered only in metallic jet black, with the front grille and all exterior detailing accented in a matte grey titanium-like finish, it represents a contemporary expression of its illustrious Black 900 Turbo ancestor.

Distinctive styling additions are designed to improve aerodynamic efficiency, as well as emphasise its 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, further reducing drag and assisting high speed stability. The Sport Sedan features a rear spoiler that extends the line of the trunk deck, reducing high speed lift forces at the rear axle and SportCombi has a similar spoiler that extends the rear roof line.

Turbo X is further distinguished by unique, 18-inch alloy wheels (19-inch available as a factory option with an RRP of $2,250) with a grey titanium-like finish that evokes the look of Saab’s classic three-spoke design. Twin, rhomboid-shaped tailpipes complete the exterior additions.

Inside, the ‘black turbo’ theme is continued throughout the cabin. The sports seating, with additional bolstering, is upholstered in black leather trim. The sporty ambience is further emphasised by a carbon-fibre finish to the main fascia, door inserts, glove box and gear shift console which is unique to Turbo X.

The driver benefits from improved ‘feel’ through the addition of a thick-rimmed, soft grip leather steering wheel. Seating comfort can be taken a step further with an optional premium, natural leather interior for an RRP of $4,000.

In recognition of Saab’s turbo heritage, the Turbo X 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 by the supplying dealer.


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