Saab 9-3 MY08 – Test Drive Welcome in the Saab’s world! Gothenburg – Sometimes feelings can be much more important than thousand of thoughts…when we have to choose a car, for exemple, we often read the magazines to have details and informations about it, but then….at the end we just buy the one we like more. Saab has been following this philosophy since ever, aiming to hit its customers firstly for the emotions a car can give them. The new Saab 9-3 in the MY08 version is an excellent exemple of it. The front is renewed with a new grill which recalls us the Aero-X concept, while the cutting edge shape like give the car more sports look. The new Saab 9-3 MY08 represents an important step forward, as few little changements brought to essential results. Also Biopower Big news are hidden under the dress too. The first big surprise is the Biopower engine. It is a new E85 mix unit, which partially results from vegetable material, and which can guarantee enhanced power and torque. This engine is a 2 litres turbo of 200 of, whose performance are definatley brilliant. Another engine offered is the great air-cooled 1.8, which can offer an horsepower output of 122 hp, in addition with the 1.8 turbo of 150 hp, a supercharged 2 litres of 175 cavalli, a 2.0TS of 210 hp and the 2.8 V6 of 255, the last one available also with 4 Haldex permanent integral wheel-base. Biturbo Diesel In terms of diesel, the most interesting new entry is the new 1.9 TTiD with Turbo Two-Stage , which can offer an horsepower output of 180 horsepower and even a peak torque of 400 Nm. Performance are quite interesting: with the new superdiesel, Saab takes only 7,9 seconds to go from 80 to 120 km/h with the fifth speed. On the road The renewed 9-3’s main characteristics are: great silence, bot on diesel and fuel models, and high driving precision. The first protagonist of Infomotori.co.uk’s test drive is the 9-3 TTiD, equipped with the twin turbo diesel engine we have just described. The push is impressive, so incredibly “naighty” for a 1.9 litries engine. On his hand, the chassis show to be stiff, to perfectly suit with such a powerful engine. As a result, when you put your hands on the steering-wheel, you feel you are driving a stiff and reliable car, ready to follow the driver’s demands, but always being safe. We also chose to drive also the 2.0 Biopower unit, which, thanks to its 200 hp, can for sure give strong feelings to the driver. Dulcis in fundo, we also tested the characteristics of the new Saab 9-3 2.8 V6 with permanent all-wheel drive. What is sure, is that this version ca be compared with such cars like Porsche, Audi and Subaru without fear: its performance on every kind of road is definately outstanding. The only disadvange can be consumptions, which are still a little bit too high.