UK: Top Gear reviews the Saab 9-3 Aero 2.8 V6 Turbo

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    Thumbs up UK: Top Gear reviews the Saab 9-3 Aero 2.8 V6 Turbo

    http://www.topgear.com/jsp/individua...Number=28.html Top Gear BBC UK [June 2005]

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    The 9-3 Aero 2.8 V6T is a good-looking car. Sober-suited good-looking, a bit magnolia, but it's got that slick Saab charm that makes you think of cleanliness and efficiency that likes to get drunk at weekends. The 19-inch alloys help the stance, the subtle bodykit helps the aesthetic and the twin exhausts either side of the rear valance help with the noise, as well as hinting that it's not quite as tame as you may have initially imagined it was.

    The deal is that this is the fastest Saab they build, hitting 62mph in just under seven seconds for the manual, a second slower for the auto, and on to 'more than' 155mph. But not much more, I would say. Nonetheless, power comes from a 2.8-litre V6 packing a not-insubstantial turbocharger and producing about 250bhp and 258lb ft; Saab's deep knowledge of blowers showing itself off rather well in this particular application.

    The turbo is almost lag-less, building a nice spread of push without troubling the front tyres as much as you think it might. It's fast, and the ride is pretty good even on those enormous 19-inch wheels, meaning that you really can crack on with confidence. It has to be said it's not massively exciting, but that competence suits the 9-3 Aero. It's simply not a car for the frivolous; it's a car for the person that wants a fast Saab that won't attract too much attention.

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    Re: UK: Top Gear reviews the Saab 9-3 Aero 2.8 V6 Turbo

    Only 7 seconds to sixty?

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    Re: UK: Top Gear reviews the Saab 9-3 Aero 2.8 V6 Turbo

    Quote Originally Posted by AdmiralViscen
    Only 7 seconds to sixty?

    Yeah... just realize it's only 8.5 sec to 85mph.
    The turbo really kicks it up a notch afterwards.
    0-60 is a nice number... but after that... you're essentially in Porsche territory. That's something most Saab Aeros have in common... 9-5 included.

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    Re: UK: Top Gear reviews the Saab 9-3 Aero 2.8 V6 Turbo

    Hm, depends on what "just under" 7 seconds means. 6.8 seconds 0-62 is equivalent to about 6.6 second 0-60. If those are manufactuer estimates, some drivers will probably be able to cut another half a second off that.

    For example, BMW estimates its new 255 HP 330i can go 0-62 in 6.1 seconds. C&D was able to run 0-60 in 5.6 seconds in the previous gen with 235 HP.
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    Re: UK: Top Gear reviews the Saab 9-3 Aero 2.8 V6 Turbo

    Quote Originally Posted by SJZ3
    Hm, depends on what "just under" 7 seconds means. 6.8 seconds 0-62 is equivalent to about 6.6 second 0-60. If those are manufactuer estimates, some drivers will probably be able to cut another half a second off that.
    I also think Saab's 0-60 mph estimates to be rather conservative. Then again, it seems as if refinement and midrange power are being touted as this engine's bragging rights, so I'm not complaining. Besides, Top Gear can be a tough bunch to please. If the 9-3 managed to elicit positive comments from them, then I can't imagine where it won't succeed...

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    Re: UK: Top Gear reviews the Saab 9-3 Aero 2.8 V6 Turbo

    A lot of the time differences in Saabs can also be due to proximity to sea level.

    "Under 7" for a 9-3 really means nothing to Saab owners, as we all know that Saabs are built to run. 0-60 is virtually meaningless. 0-100 is much more meaningful.

    9-3 Viggen was clocked at "under 7" as well. I know people getting times at 5.7 sec. And it only had 230 HP.

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    Re: UK: Top Gear reviews the Saab 9-3 Aero 2.8 V6 Turbo

    19" wheels!?! That's pretty big for the 9-3!

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    Re: UK: Top Gear reviews the Saab 9-3 Aero 2.8 V6 Turbo

    Go, Saab, Go.
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    Re: UK: Top Gear reviews the Saab 9-3 Aero 2.8 V6 Turbo

    Now, Saab, make this and get rid of the Subaru clone.


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