Like the rhyming headline?
I haven’t featured any reviews for a little while as they were all starting to blend into one another. Given that we’ve had a bit of a break, though, I thought it OK to bring these onto the front page.
Here we have Drive.com.au’s coverage of the event I attended at Lang Lang a few weeks ago. I had the option of attending the press event and maybe I should have as they got the chance to drive the car themselves.
It seems it made the appropriate impression, too. Whilst they’re not jumping out of their skins about it, the surefootedness of the car was noticed:
Saab invited us down to Holden’s cold, windswept proving ground at Lang Lang where we could put the hottest 9-3 through its paces in relative safety.
First was the skid pan, where a slalom course would demonstrate how tightly the Turbo X could spear through the cones. Yes, it goes hard, but although it is claimed the 9-3 could almost match a Porsche 911 for exit speed at the end of a slalom, with no 911 to test it against, we’ll just have to take that on trust. Then it was on to a wet circular track to demonstrate the Turbo X’s grip. Sprint halfway around the outer edge of the circle, switch to a full inside loop, and then down the other outside half to a stop.
It’s difficult looking at the speedo when gravity is trying to throw you out the side window, but other drivers said they had the Turbo X up to 80 km/h in a loop no wider than a soccer pitch.
And from the US:
MotiveMag got to drive the Turbo X at Road Atlanta and their tagline We’ve been waiting nearly a decade for a Saab like the Turbo X should tell you most of what you need to know:
We tested a standard 9-3 and a Turbo X sedan back-to-back at Road Atlanta and around a wet skidpad, and found that the Turbo X is a huge improvement over the 9-3 according to any metric you care to use.
It really is. that. good.
Enjoy either review at your leisure.
And if you’ve picked up a Turbo X recently and we don’t know about it yet, then why not shoot through a photo as well as your initial impressions of the car.
Maybe August should be the month of Turbo X loving? The photos mightn’t change much, though