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The 2011 Saab 9-5 is the first car from Saab since GM sold the brand to the Dutch super-car brand Spyker. Despite the change of ownership, the 9-5 remains almost same, it shares the same platform as the Opel Insignia and shares engines with the Regal and Cadillac SRX. The 2011 Saab 9-5 remains almost same as the limited 2010 versions. In 2011 Saab added a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
The 2011 Saab 9-5 is a midsize luxury sedan available in five trim level: Turbo4, Turbo4 Premium, Turbo6 XWD and Aero. Standard features include an auto-dimming rearview mirror, fog-lamps, keyless ignition, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, power front seats, driver memory functions, automatic wipers, leather upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth and a nine-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio and an iPod/USB audio interface.
The Turbo4 Premium adds power-folding and auto-dimming exterior mirrors, headlight washers, a panoramic sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, keyless ignition/entry and remote ignition. Optional Technology package includes a lane-departure warning system, adaptive bi-xenon headlamps, advanced parking assist and a head-up display. The Rear Passenger package adds tri-zone automatic climate control, rear seat audio controls, and a DVD entertainment system with two front-headrest-mounted screens. Other individual optional features include a navigation system with an 8-inch touch screen and 10GB of digital music storage.
The 2011 Saab 9-5 Turbo4 comes equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline 4 cylinder engine that produces 220 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard with an optional six-speed automatic, which is standard on all other 9-5 models. Fuel economy is around 20mpg in the city and 33mpg on the highway, but the automatic achieves 18mpg in the city and 21mpg on the highway.
The 9-5 Turbo6 XWD and Aero get a turbocharged 2.8-liter V6 engine that produces 300 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Saab’s advanced all-wheel-drive system are standard with along with a a six speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy stands at 17mpg in the city and 27mpg on the highway.
Standard safety features in 2011 Saab 9-5 include front and rear side airbags, stability and traction control, antilock brakes, side curtain airbags and active front head restraints.
Being a luxury sedan the 2011 Saab 9-5 cabin is quite roomy and comfortable apart from the rear row head room, tall passenger might find the roof touching their head. The trunk is an especially large with 18.2 cubic feet of loading space.
The 2008 Saab Turbo X, the first 9-3 model equipped with all-wheel drive, eclipses the Aero as Saab’s top-of-the-line 9-3.A limited run of 600 will be sold in the U.S. as a four-door sedan and five-door wagon. And in homage to Saab turbos of yesteryear, the Turbo X comes in just one color: Jet Black Metallic.
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the X is a more powerful version of the Aero’s turbocharged 2.8-liter V-6. It makes 280 horsepower in the X, 25 more than in the Aero, by increasing its turbo boost from 8.7 psi to 11.6 psi. The suspension is stiffened — almost rigid when compared with the base car — and the body is lowered nearly a half-inch. Brake-rotor diameters grow to 13.6 inches in front and 11.5 inches in the rear, an increase of 1.8 and 0.1, respectively, over the Aero. The interior has some carbon-fiber-looking trim and a retro boost gauge. We especially liked the thicker, leather-wrapped steering wheel. A six-speed manual transmission is standard; the optional six-speed automatic costs $1350.
The all-wheel-drive system, called XWD, primarily drives
the front wheels; when necessary, a wet-clutch pack engages the rear axle. The Turbo X is also fitted with an electronic limited-slip rear differential (eLSD) that actively manages the torque split side to side. XWD is currently optional only on 9-3 Aeros; it will be optional on all 9-3s for 2009. Buyers wanting all-wheel drive in the step-up 9-5 model must wait until fall.
Although the Saab’s front-drive architecture is usually a recipe for understeer, the XWD and the eLSD do an effective job of masking this trait. Playful oversteer is easily invoked with simple throttle modulation.
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Turbo X sedans start at $42,510; add $800 for the SportCombi wagon. At those prices, the Turbo X is by no means the deal of the year, especially with faster cars such as the $41,575 BMW 335xi on the market. But exclusivity always carries a premium, and Saab loyalists will likely snap up the whole lot.