You can spoil an article right from the start! Something like this: What does the Saab 9-2x Aero have to do with the Swedes? Not much, apart from a few minor details. But this attitude would be stupid, because you would bring a lot of fun. So: prejudices swept aside and got into the Swedish samurai!
If you want to drive a Saab 9-2x Aero, you have to search intensively. My journey is quite long, more than 600 kilometers. But the fun is worth it! The weather does not feel good on this day Kiel, Mostly it rains, in between the clouds break only briefly. I'm using one of those cloud gaps to make friends with the 9-2x.
Officially, the Saab was only sold in North America, there may be a handful of copies in Europe. It's a shame, because we lost a lot of fun with this policy. The Saab is of course a Subaru so that we have finally dealt with this topic. It is based on the Impreza and shows that quite openly. The front was trimmed to Saab, the emblems too, nothing more is revealed to the eye. Okay, supposedly the noise insulation has been improved over the Impreza, at least Subaru says. But that's about it.
The interior is 100% Japanese. The 90s live on here, Nippon says hello from every crack, which doesn't have to be bad. Seats and door panels do not correspond to the series, they were modified by Markus Lafrentz according to his taste, as their restoration was due anyway. Markus uses the little samurai as an everyday car. And before I can ask myself why, I understand the reason.
The boxer starts with the typical sound, the exhaust system paints an indecent beautiful symphony in the Kiel morning air. Okay, okay. First: That sounds very much like old Porsche. Second, that sounds good. Third, that fixes me. The Saab pushes out of the yard, the boxer winds its sound through my ears, the city highway beckons. Accelerate, thread, the corridors clack through the scenery. A clear turbo lag, but then the Aero moves all the more determined forward. The Gesamtkunstwerk of sound and Turbo Boxer is fun and invites you to play. It is better not to think about fuel consumption. Four-wheel drive and Turbo Boxer are not the best combination to save resources.
The Saab 9-2x was built by 2004 until model year 2006. Then it was over, the demand for the Swedish Samurai was too manageable. Mine here is model year 2005 and for this reason has only the 2 liter boxer under the hood. A year later, the engine capacity was increased by a hefty 1 / 2 liter, the performance increased from 227 to 230 PS. More displacement in this case are therefore higher torque with fewer revolutions. Nice, if you have it, but I am thrilled even the smaller engine.
With the symmetrical all-wheel drive, which I am Bilster mountain have learned to appreciate, you could easily show the Japanese rear on small, north German highways stronger vehicles. Today, however, the city highway is enough to get to know each other and to become addicted. The 9-2x Aero is a compact fun device from the old school. Loud, hard, handy. And very directly! The steering he has borrowed from the WRX STI, which enhances the go-kart feeling. He is not uncomfortable, thank the excellent sports seats. A truly individual car with an outstanding roadholding and ingenious soundscape. And an alternative for anyone who finds a classic Porsche 911 too ordinary and looking for something special.
Why was not this car for Europe? Is it too Japanese, too much Subaru and too little Saab? To be honest, the Swedish samurai has nothing to do with Saab except for some optical retouching. It is a pure product of the marketing department, which for once did a nice job. Although he was a flop from the numbers, because he is indecently fun. And as a little candy, the Saab logo sticks to it, making the meeting with him all the more enjoyable. Because as I said, you see it differently, you can spoil any fun right from the start.