He is black. He is loud. He Is hard. And to make matters worse, he also drinks. This is not an article for people who choose their car according to the criteria of "resource conservation and CO2 emissions". We write about the Saab Turbo X. If you drive home with Saab late in the evening after a long day at the office, you will be greeted by a glowing boost pressure indicator in the dark car. "Hello, I'm already here, start me". The turbo is already glowing - symbolically.
After the start, the six-cylinder turbo falls into a hoarse, snotty cold run. At the latest now, the security service and the cleaning staff know that we have endured a particularly long time in the office today. What a feat is ... because the Saab Turbo X is waiting! It is a particularly emotional product. Driving Saab is fun. He wants to get out - on the highway!
The first few meters the four-wheel drive Saab feels awkward and stiff. Like an athlete who has to warm up carefully. At least on the highway, he is in his element. Unlimited roads or overland routes are the domain of the Saab. With a martial roar he boarded the highway, the all-wheel system with eLSD transforms the Swede at full acceleration in a Hecktriebler. About 90% of the power flows to the rear axle.
Other road users are confused on the compact station wagon. The drivers of German premium brands suck on the first contact almost to the bumper in order to dwell after the first acceleration orgy in the future at a respectful distance. The Saab is fast, no question. You are sovereign motorized, and he is a lot of fun. Instead of traveling by ICE, you suddenly drive voluntarily in the car for a business meeting.
With consequences for the company's own fuel card. The controller suddenly tends to have a heart attack, because the Turbo X brings an old saying to a new level: "Turbo runs, Turbo drinks". From 13 liters on 100 km everything is possible. Best super plus, of course. But if you look at the bill, you've just bought the wrong car. The Saab is a toy for the big boys.
The Turbo X has a firm suspension, but not uncomfortable. In the particularly good seats covered with semi-anilline leather, you can easily survive the 1.000 kilometers Frankfurt - Hamburg and back in one day. The preferred travel speed is between 160 and 180 km / h, if traffic permits. The six-cylinder, basically a traditional unit from Holden, develops a sonorous, pleasant sound. So you can travel relaxed.
You don't always have to be fast or noisy in the Turbo X. With the well-tuned 6-speed automatic, you can whisper quietly through residential areas - if you want. But the Turbo X is unreasonable. He challenges. The Saab belongs to a genus of cars that don't seem to fit our times and that we still love so much. It fits into the pack of fun makers from Zuffenhausen, Munich and Ingolstadt.
Saab was at the forefront with unreasonable cars. Saab 99 Turbo, Saab 900 Turbo 16 S. Everything more than a felt eternity ago. How far Saab has meanwhile moved away from the subject of emotional cars is evident in city traffic. At the traffic lights, the Swede bounces amused in the idle, and the passers-by are desperately looking for the sound source. The looks wander confused between the BMW in front of the Saab and the Gulf behind the Saab back and forth. The Saab has no one on the list.
Just as confused are the neighbors, if you park the Saab in front of the house. No one suspects that under the hood almost 300 PS live. The Saab is far from any envy factor.
After a night flight over the highway the Saab crackles, just like we know it from the old turbos. The Turbo X is supposed to be the homage to the 900 Turbo 16 S, says Saab. Whether he really is, we still have to clarify. With summer tires and strengthened on 300 PS. We should also talk about the potential that the Turbo X would have had with a little more care from Trollhättan. This is an exciting chapter.
One thing is already clear. I've been driving Saab for exactly 20 years. My first Saab 1992 was black, loud, hard and thirsty. Like the Turbo X. Both with tremendous fun factor. 20 years Saab and not a bit sensible. Seen this way, the circle closes.
If the Turbo X was my last Saab, there would be no new cars in the future, that would be sad. But a great completion of a passion.