Even after 14 years, it is still a dream car. The Saab Aero X. A sports car that was born in 2006 as a study. A technology carrier that anticipated the restart of Saab. Many of his design elements were later found in new models.
The year 2006. Hard times were behind Saab. Downsizing, cost reduction. Disorientation. Everything should get better now. Carl Peter Forster drove the restart of the brand and one of the most impressive signs was the study of the Aero X. Designed by Anthony Lo, presented at the Geneva Motor Show 2006.
All-wheel drive like the Turbo X, with a charged 2.8 liter V6 under the hood. The only difference is that the Aero X delivers 400 HP and not 280 as in the Turbo X. However, this requires ethanol in the tank and no fossil fuel. The highlight of the Aero X, in addition to its carbon fiber body, is the completely lifting cockpit. No normal doors. Also no wing doors like some super sports cars clear the way into the interior. No, like the plane, the entire cockpit cockpit goes up.
Saab Aero X. Born from Jets.
Iced blue headlights later became a design feature at Saab. Right before the end. The interior of the future was already visible in 2006. The instrumentation and the center console showed the way to the new 9-5 generation and the 9-4x. Also the successor to the 9-3 series. Had it been a little more time, the interior of the Saab generation from 2010 would have been given the futuristic touch of the Aero X. A drama that didn't stand a chance.
Today the Aero X is in the museum in Trollhättan. One can say that it is one of the highlights of the historical Saab collection. His fascination has remained unbroken even after 14 years, and will continue to be so. As a consolation, there remains the indication that Koenigsegg is playing more with Saab design quotations.
The new a Gemer has only double doors, no cockpit elegantly rises. But its passenger compartment is more of a cockpit than part of an earthbound form of transportation. Saab design language is not dead, has found a niche here. This can reconcile the fans with the present.