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Saab launches the performance version of its popular new 9-3 convertible

17 Sep 2004

THE 9-3 Aero convertible is the top-shelf model in the new range of mid-size Saabs. Like the new 9-3 sedans, it is a huge leap forward for the company. Its tight body (for a four-seat convertible), distinctive style, high levels of safety and Swedish interior are going to please those wishing to step up from their old soft-top Saabs - and there’s a little more room inside too. The 155kW Aero version points more accurately and rides more firmly than the regular 9-3 convertible but is not especially fast, despite the turbo engine’s extra 26kW and 35Nm of added torque. As befits a show-pony convertible, it looks the part even if it doesn’t convincingly act it.

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Model release date: 1 October 2003 to 1 December 2005

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Saab 9-3 Aero convertible

Released: February 2000
Ended: October 03
Family Tree: 9-3

Launched in Australia in February 2000, the flagship Aero version of Saab's previous 9-3 convertible was powered by a 151kW/250Nm turbo four, priced at $82,987. Always popular, later versions of the 9-3 Aero convertible became better equipped, with the model year 2001 version released in February 2001, the MY2002 version launched in November 2001 and the MY2003 version - renamed the 9-3 Aero 2.0t convertible - on sale from November 2002. All versions featured a five-speed manual or four-speed auto transmission.

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