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Saab's 9-3 Aero range receives an Aussie boost with a Holden-sourced Turbo V6

9 Dec 2005

SAAB isn’t taking its sales slide sitting down any longer. First salvo comes in the shape of the 9-3 Aero V6, a front-wheel drive sedan, convertible and – from early next year – an attractive station wagon, offering BMW 330i levels of power in a larger and significantly cheaper package. A new six-speed auto is also included, as are better brakes and increased safety, so Holden’s Swedish sister is in with a big chance for a turbo-charged turn-around...
Model release date: 1 December 2005 to 1 October 2007

Previous model

Saab 900 2.5 V6

Released: October 1994
Ended: March 1997
Family Tree: 9-3

COMPLETELY unrelated to the Holden unit, Saab’s last (and only) V6 appeared in the last 900 in 2.5-litre DOHC 24-valve guise. Built by Vauxhall in England, this powerplant was smooth but not very powerful, offering just 125kW, and 227Nm of torque. Managing this was a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual gearbox. It wasn’t really a success, partly due to this 900’s inability to compete in quality or dynamics against popular German rivals like Audi’s A4 (Saab used the iffy 1988 Opel Vectra as the 900’s chassis base), but also because people perceive Saab is purist making turbocharged four-cylinder engines...

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