With a steeply raked windshield, wedge-like profile and short front and rear overhangs, all the 9-3 models convey a sense of movement even while standing still. The shape of the windows combines with the sleek, integrated headlights and grille to emphasize the distinctive Saab identity.
The 9-3 lineup is the product of the most exhaustive development program in chassis dynamics undertaken by Saab. The kinetics of the rear suspension, for example, are tuned for a unique rear-wheel-steer response to attain optimum handling and stability. The four-link independent rear suspension with high lateral stiffness adds stability and grip; longitudinal compliance enhances ride comfort.
The Saab 9-3 model lineup is built from ‘the driver outward.’ That means the cabin ergonomics, instrumentation, controls and seating position are all developed from the driver’s perspective. As a result, the advanced safety features benefit all who use these vehicles.
Saab engineers developed the 9-3 Convertible structure concurrently with the Sport Sedan and SportCombi, enabling them to incorporate their demanding requirements for an open-top car from the very start. The result is a premium convertible with a level of structural integrity, build quality and driving refinement that positions it at the top of its class.
The 9-3 2.0T Sport Sedan and Convertible feature twin five-spoke 16-inch alloy wheels, a power driver’s seat, body color rocker panels and bumper skirts, and an infotainment/audio system with 150 watts and seven speakers. 9-3 Aero models have the 250-horsepower (186.4 kW) 2.8L V-6 Turbo engine and a choice of six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions.
2.8L V-6 Turbo
The 2.8L V-6 Turbo, named one of the ’10 Best Engines’ by Ward’s AutoWorld Magazine, is the most sophisticated turbocharged engine ever offered in a Saab vehicle, delivering excellent responsiveness through low-speed torque and high-rpm power, as well as exceptional refinement. It features a technologically advanced 60-degree, dual overhead-cam architecture designed to produce strong power and excellent fuel economy to meet different needs in markets around the world.
Technology such as a twin-scroll turbocharger and variable intake valve timing helps the 2.8L V-6 Turbo achieve 250 horsepower (184 kW) and 258 lb.-ft. of torque (350 Nm) in the 9-3.
The V-6 has a lightweight aluminum cylinder block with iron cylinder sleeves, an aluminum structural oil pan and aluminum cylinder heads with four valves per cylinder. It builds on those strengths with components and technology developed specifically for the turbo system, including:
Twin-scroll turbocharger delivering approximately 9 pounds of boost (0.6 bar)
Integrated charge cooling
Unique cylinder heads made from 356T-6 aluminum and featuring sodium-filled exhaust valves
Forged steel crankshaft and sinter-forged connecting rods strengthened for turbocharged loads
Pistons with anodized ring grooves designed for turbocharger boost pressure
9.5:1 compression ratio
Piston oil cooling jets
Unique camshaft profiles designed for turbocharger performance
Hydroformed ‘dual skin’ exhaust manifolds with stainless steel inner liners
Engine-mounted oil cooler
Price this car:
MSRP: $26,250 – $43,100
Invoice: $24,754 – $40,643
Source: Saab Press Release