2008 Saab 9-3

2008 Saab 9-3

On carlist.com blog: Saab has three new models that will hit the showrooms in September; a sedan (4-cyl, starting at $28,385; 6-cyl starting at $35,365), a convertible (4-cyl starting at $39,710; 6-cyl starting at $45,665) and a station wagon they call a SportCombi (4-cyl starting at $29,630; 6-cyl starting at $36,265). All three come in a 2.0T (as in turbo), 4-cylinder (210 horsepower and 221 torque) or an Aero 6-cylinder (255 horsepower and 258 torque for front-wheel drive; 280 horsepower and 295 torque for all-wheel drive).

Saab’s new marketing campaign says they were “born from jets”, but anyone who knows Saab knows that Saab is known for a great 4-banger with a turbo and low-end torque. Put a little mouse motor in a car that is sweetly tuned and give me a great power-to-weight ratio and I’ll take that 4-cylinder turbo over a 6 cylinder any day. Why? It’s less expensive, gets better gas mileage and nobody does a 4-cylinder better than Saab.

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