Review: 2008 Saab 9-3 Turbo X
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For 2008, Saab 9-3 benefits from more powerful engines and a radical new
front and rear-end redesign. The cabin is largely unchanged. Saab claims
that, in addition to the new look, front, side and rear, it has made some
2157 changes to the details of the 9-3.
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~ 700hp Turbo Saab, 312kmh (194mph)
Extreme turbo Saab + 300 kmh
Many viewers have misunderstood this video, so I explain it a little:
-Speed at finish line (1mile/1609m) is measured. Time is not measured.
-First Saab does 1st and 2nd gear with ~half throttle. Second Saab has
limited Boost for 1st and 2nd gear.
- three extra seconds between 0-100kmh typically means ~30meters wasted.
But three extra seconds used in speeds close to 300kmh, means almost
Here is equally powerful RWD cars (if not even more HP's) These RWD's are a
lot faster between 0-150kmh, but
these Saabs are faster from
150kmh-300kmh. You get the point when you compare speeds at finish line.
-A Saab 9-5 driver pushes a little too much throttle @3rd gear and looses
traction. He lifts a throttle and pushes it back, but too much again and
then he gears up 4th, a bit earlier than planned. (optimal is@205kmh).
Earlier that summer I broke one gearbox when pushing too hard on 3rd gear.
With new gearbox and at later event, I drove very gently on first three
gears to avoid breaking it again. I pushed WOT for the first time on 4th
gear @ 190kmh. You can hear it clearly on following video. Engine tone
changes totally around 200kmh. Incar video is from 299kmh pull (at 1 mile
race) Something happened to camera during the run. So I didn't get any
incar video from a 305kmh pull. To see that run from the start line, please
see my other videos.
Here is incar video until camera dies. Start is @1min.
2008 SAAB 9-3 XWD (HARDCORE)
Here is my second try. The song I used was a little long and I had to
shorten it. Unfortunately I still have only Windows movie maker to do the
sound and video editing. I will do a third video and I will try to use
more calm music. It is tough because every time I think about this car I do
not ever think about slow. Not with 280HP and 295LB-FT of torque on tap.
What a car.
Saab 9-3 ESP In Action
This video shows just how effective the Saab Electronic Stability Program
is on the 2003 and newer 9-3 models.
The video is in Swedish, but basically the first part is with the ESP off
and the next is with it on.
Crash Test: 2007 Saab 9-3
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Insurance Institute for Highway Bumper Crash Test: 2007 Saab 9-3 Front
Full: ,476 Front Corner: ,076 Rear Full: ,722 Rear Corner: 69 Total Damage
in 4 Tests: ,243 The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is an
independent, nonprofit, scientific and educational organization dedicated
to reducing the losses -- deaths, injuries, and property damage -- from
crashes on the nations highways. The Institute is wholly supported by auto
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