Saab Turbo X Purchase advice 1 / 2

In the year 2007 the Turbo X celebrated its premiere at the IAA. It was the first high-performance all-wheel drive Saab, which was built in series, at the same time the world's first vehicle with Haldex 4 clutch. And for Saab, the 30-year Turbo anniversary model.

Saab Turbo X - only real with the boost pressure indicator. © 2014 saabblog.net
Saab Turbo X - only real with the boost pressure indicator. © 2014 saabblog.net

Trollhättan had at the time best relations with Haldex; The company has its origins in the factory, giving it exclusive access to the new Haldex 4 system. To celebrate the turbo anniversary and pay homage to the unforgotten Saab 900 Turbo 16 S, the company donated a special edition of 2.000 pieces to the fans. All in "Jet-Black", all with four-wheel drive.

A compact sports car

"The Saab 9 3 Turbo X is planned for a limited edition of 2.000 vehicles and, realistically speaking, will be the right choice for only a few."

So Saab 2008 writes in the internal sales documents about the Turbo X, which rolls during this time to the dealers. And indeed - the new Saab is uncompromisingly matched as an athlete, which is not understood by every journalist. In some publications of the auto press is reported by a hard, inharmonious vehicle. The philosophy of the Turbo X - not with every author it arrived!

Straight ahead, all vehicles are fast, on winding roads, the chaff separates from the wheat. Saab has programmed the Turbo X on cornering, with success. In the slalom test, the compact all-wheel drive made the Porsche 911 (997) clear. The secret is the electronic limited slip differential, called eLSD at Saab, which distributes the torque between the rear wheels. To get the 280 PS and 400 Newtonmeter safely on the road, springs and dampers were stiffened. Self-leveling shock absorbers were used in the rear, while the rear suspension's fall resistance increased by 50%. The "super sports suspension" in the Turbo X is not comfortable, but safe, and later was also available for normal Saab 9-3.

Incidentally, Saab really seems to have scored something in the Porsche camp. If you start a Turbo X when cold, you can hear Porsche 997 sound. Or the other way around ! Nice, because both vehicles sound good!

Optical features

The design is dominated by titanium-look elements throughout the vehicle. Matching the black finish, the Turbo X has special wheels in 18 "or 19" size, behind which hides the improved brake system. Grille and air intakes are also in titanium gray, at the rear of the Turbo X specific exhaust system and a running in titanium gray diffuser in the eye.

In the cockpit surprised as a nice detail a boost gauge in Saab 900 Turbo Design, which is illuminated in darkness at the entrance and a turbo-charged vehicle signals. Also in the interior are deposits in carbon look. In some markets, the vehicles also carry badges with Turbo X imprint.

Engine & Tuning

Turbo technology is rightly regarded as Saab's core competency. With the charged V6 performance levels at V8 level are feasible. (Autofocus 6 / 2007)

The 2.8 liter V6 with its sequential turbocharger comes in the base from Australia by Holden, is a steady and equally fun-loving powerhouse. Through and through "old-school" in a very positive sense, and no comparison with the pumped-up small engines that we want to make us currently tasty. The entrance and the sound are always exciting, the passage in the relatively compact Saab is great. In the engine compartment, there is agonizing narrowness, the V6 just fits into it.

A weak point is the relative heat sensitivity associated with power loss. One of the reasons for this is the absolute under-dimensioned LLK in series. The remedy is an alternative intercooler, Hirsch or Maptun Performance. Both offer sufficiently dimensioned components; the difference to the series is visible and also tangible from the material.

Who dreams of tuning, because he does not seem sufficient 280 PS and 400 Newtonmeter, must first replace the LLK hardware. Hirsch Performance offers an 300 PS Kit with 430 Newtonmeter torque every now and then. The kit is paired with a new LLK and modified air filter for a good reason.

Tuning only by software is simply forbidden with serial hardware. In some forums the topic of a simple software tuning is discussed again and again. Our Saab Turbo X purchase advice follows, which was also clear in Trollhättan. Tuning - only with changed hardware.

With tuned copies it can come to the elongation of the timing chains, especially if the Saab was very sporty way. Then an engine revision is due, overkill kits are available in Nyköping at the Orio AB. The 430 Newtonmeter, which allows Hirsch the TX as maximum torque, should also be considered as the limit for the transmission.

Transmission & Haldex

Actually, it does not matter which gear you choose at TX. Because, to be honest, both are a compromise. The manual 6 gear transmission is sufficiently precise, but not so that you would be completely enthusiastic. It lacks the last bit of precision to let it pass as a sports transmission. The translation could be better adapted to the Saab and its engine.

The automatic knows only the difference between comfortably and quickly. In normal mode, every bit of sportiness is missing, in sports mode the Saab gives the grip fighter. Then gears turn to the limit, when braking, the Saab returns aggressively. Tuned harmoniously is different ... how was that still with the view into the Porsche camp? He is missing here. But other manufacturers do not make it even better 2014, and the Turbo X guarantees a lot of fun. No matter which gear you choose.

In standard condition, with 400 Newtonmeter, the gearboxes are durable. Hirsch is already pushing the limits with 30 Newton meters, problems with performance-upgraded vehicles, which are very sporty moves, are known.

The Haldex clutch must receive all 30.000 kilometers, but at the latest every 2 years new oil according to Saab / Haldex specification. The lubricants are subject to aging, so there is always a shelf life on the containers.

The second part of the purchase advice on Thursday is about the following topics:

Sports trolley or limousine

Interior & Equipment

Spare parts & availability

Prices & availability

Why buy?

Text & Images: tom@saabblog.net

8 thoughts on "Saab Turbo X Purchase advice 1 / 2"

  • I haven't had any "contact" with the TX yet. 🙁 but can still be! Apparently the TX seems to give me a “goosebumps feeling” or addictive potential… I stay excited and look forward to the second part of the report. The 2st is CLASS! Thanks Tom! 🙂

  • I got then in April a TX in my desired equipment,
    important to me: circuit and sedan. Have been driving Saab for 30 years,
    drove two 99 Turbo in the eighties because there is such a final Saab. Have to say the implementation of the old Saab Turbo Feelings in such a 9-3 the last version has been impressively successful. Only drive all 2 weeks with the TX, that's all there is to it ... After all, people are finally living above the parking garage ... and not everyone loves the turbo sound in the EURO 4
    Warm-up phase. The car is the absolute Hinkucker without the
    brutal aggressiveness of a "good-bye" star or "IchFressDich" Audi.
    The neighbor with her Polish accent: "Your car has soo
    right sssexii rump "Yes, but only the SportSedan ....... no, it may be a station wagon, equipment is actually important no matter
    TURBOX. The offer is very limited, but now you have to strike! Thanks Tom for the nice article!

  • Small requests I fulfill immediately. A small impression, taken with the Blackberry, is on ours Instagram Site.

  • A dream in black. Unfortunately even rarer like a 9-5 NG. But I know someone who has a Turbo X. Maybe he will let me drive ...

  • So if I read this here, the desire for a Turbo X comes up ;-)) even if I prefer beige in the interior in principle ...
    What I would like to see how the "nice detail of a boost gauge in the Saab 900 Turbo Design, illuminated in darkness at the entrance" looks like ...

  • Power right on Turbo X

  • Wech 'splendid blog, what a wonderful contribution !! Thank you thank you!

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