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Saab Turbo X Lands in the Middle East

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The all-black Saab Turbo X has now arrived at Saab dealers' showrooms around the Middle East.The first-ever turbocharged Saab, a 99 “CombiCoupe” hatchback, debuted for the 1978 model year.

Combining brisk performance with excellent fuel efficiency, that car started a trend that was followed by many other manufacturers. Now, the all-black Turbo X evokes the iconic appeal of the first black 99 and 900 Turbos - while introducing innovative Saab XWD all-wheel-drive technology.

The Saab Turbo X is offered only in a four-door Sport Sedan body style. It has styling cues that enhance aerodynamic performance and create a distinctive appearance, including specially designed alloy wheels that have a grey, titanium-like finish that harks back to Saab's classic threespoke design.

Saab XWD is an active all-wheel-drive system designed to optimize vehicle handling and stability. Its sophisticated electronic control allows fine balancing of drive torque, not only between the two axles but also between the rear wheels. In effect, this stretches the performance envelope of the chassis, for example, raising the threshold at which ESP throttle and braking interventions are triggered. The result is closer driver involvement through 'positive force' chassis control. Driver control is taken a step further on the Turbo X by the eLSD, the first application of an electronically-controlled, rear limited slip differential in this segment of the market. It uses inputs from the rear wheel speed sensors and can transfer up to 40 percent of torque between the drive shafts, to whichever wheel has more grip. When cornering hard, this yaw damping effect helps the rear of the car more closely follow the direction of the front wheels.

To exploit the full benefits of Saab XWD, the chassis of the Turbo X has been lowered by 10 mm and the springs and dampers stiffened to minimize body movement. To maintain a constant ride height irrespective of load, self-levelling dampers are fitted at the rear.

The powerhouse at the heart of the Turbo X is a 24-valve, 2.8-liter V6 turbo engine generating 400 Nm of torque between 2,150 and 4,500 rpm and maximum power of 280 hp at 5,500 rpm. The advanced specification includes a lightweight, all-aluminium construction with a 60-degree angle between the cylinder banks for perfect balance, variable inlet valve timing and twin-scroll turbocharging. It is offered with a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

The Turbo X is further distinguished by unique, 18-inch alloy wheels 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 sport seating, with additional bolstering, is upholstered entirely in black leather.

The sporty ambience is further emphasized by a carbon-fibber finish to the door inserts, glove box and gear shift console which is unique to the Turbo X.

Owners will also enjoy a personalized greeting when they get behind the wheel and switch on the ignition. A unique “All Systems Go” message flashes in the main instrument display. The owner's name, with the edition number of the car, can also be programmed for display by the supplying dealer.


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