Fancy new cars? And no desire to park a mainstream SUV next to the Saab in the carport? Fortunately, there are alternatives! A - admittedly very subjective - choice of three temptations that are not a bit boring and that make a good figure next to a Saab.
Would not be the Bilster mountain I would never have come to the BRZ in my life. Why? Maybe because you would not look for such a casual-sporty coupe at Subaru. Since then, the little athlete is no longer out of my mind. He has milled my brain, and that could possibly have consequences. Rear-wheel drive, lightweight, boxer engine, low center of gravity. The Subaru brings with it what matters. In the morning to go to the office, in the evening on the way home then with pleasure detours on small, winding country road.
The BRZ does not have a turbo, but an 2 liter boxer, which gets its power from high speeds. The 6 gearbox turns crisp, the roadholding is phenomenal. The BRZ brings back what originally made the fun of driving a car. Its 200 PS are enough to show the rear of much stronger vehicles on the highway.
Actually, Subaru deserves a Medal of Merit for having the courage to revive the class of small, affordable athletes. The cool GT is understated, fun without regret and affordable. If a Porsche or Lotus label would stick to its hood, it would cost several bills more expensive.
To revive a legend is difficult. Volkswagen experienced a Waterloo with the Beetle, at Fiat it worked against it with the 500. Renault has joined the 1955 based brand Alpine daring, and the operation smells suspiciously of success. In Dieppe, the original home of Alpine, the successor to the first A110 runs off the line. As with the GT, the A110 relies on small, fine, lightweight. In terms of price and with the performance of 250 PS, the Alpine is just under 58.000 € far above the approximately 35.000 € GT.
The French make everything right when restarting. Limited to 1955 copies, the first edition has been sold out for ages. Who has ordered and paid, must wait patiently, because the production is raised only very slowly. On the 28. June, the number 1.000 rolled off the ribbons in Normandy. Until the entry-level version comes on the market, insiders say it could take 1 to 2 years. After all: reservation is possible, 2.000 € deposit is then due.
Two proposals, two sports cars. Too narrow, too sporty? Let's stay in France, because the car industry of the country remembers its old strength and supplies fine gourmet goods as an alternative to the German premium stew.
The new edition of the Peugeot 508 could go through as a Gallic Saab 9000 reincarnation. At first glance, at least. A full-length rear fascia, similar to what you might have designed on the 2018 drawing board in Trollhättan, garnished with a large tailgate. In addition, under the hood works the same 1.6 liter turbo petrol engine with up to 225 PS, which we would have also got in the Saab 9-3 III, the next 9-5 generation and the 9-4x successor. Including a 8 automatic transmission from Aisin.
The Peugeot hatchback sedan is beautifully drawn and purely visually worth a temptation. The operating concept in the interior but, with the small and strangely positioned steering wheel, is at least strange. Does the form still follow the function, or is it merely design to manifest otherness?
Only the way to the next Peugeot base helps. Look, feel, maybe drive to the test. Or maybe the fine driving machine of Subaru or the returning legend from Normandy? The question is difficult, because there is a fourth alternative. Buy an old Saab, restore it, have fun as well. In the end, it may cost even less and is sustainable.