Crapwagon Outtake: X Marks The Saab
When Michael Karesh reviewed the Saab 9-3 Turbo X some 6 years ago, he found it wanting. I still want one.
The Turbo X was meant to celebrate three decades of Saab’s turbocharged powerplants, with a limited run of just 600 units. The 2.8L twin-turbo V6 made 280 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque and could be had with a 6-speed manual transmission. Saab’s XWD system, which allowed for rear torque vectoring, was standard.
Buying a used Saab is a bit of a crapshoot, but for the price of a new Hyundai Accent, you can have this 70,000 mile example “no-story automobile”. Is it as good to drive as the equivalent BMW 335i? Probably not. But what it lacks in neutral handling characteristics, it makes up for with gobs of character and sheer novelty.