2007 Frankfurt Auto Show: Saab Turbo X
- Competes with: Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Infiniti G35, Lexus IS
- Looks like: Suspiciously similar to the Saab 9-3
- Drivetrain: 280-hp, turbocharged 2.8-liter V-6; all-wheel drive
- Hits dealerships: First half of 2008
We don’t mean to confuse you — though perhaps that’s Saab’s aim — but the Turbo X is none other than a limited edition of the company’s recently updated 9-3 sedan. The big difference is that the Turbo X is the first application of Saab’s new all-wheel-drive system that they’re naming — so originally — XWD. This setup was designed by Saab in Sweden and differs from the all-wheel-drive system used in models like the recently discontinued 9-2X and the current 9-7X.
The Turbo X will be a limited-edition model, all in black, but an all-wheel-drive option will become available on the regular 9-3 at roughly the same time in 2008. The Turbo X also gets a sport-tuned chassis and a rear limited slip differential that drivers can control.
The limited run of the Turbo X will come only in black with unique wheels and more aerodynamic body panels. GM says the Turbo X is available for order, but you can check out more images below right now.