Saab's leap forward on new fuels; EXECUTIVE MOTORS.
The enterprising Swedish manufacturer has nailed its colours firmly to the bioethanol mast and has just released a car which I think gives a very firm pointer to what we will be driving in years to come.
The Geneva Motor Show will see the unveiling of the Saab 9-5 Biopower 100 concept which negates the need for using fossil fuels altogether. The new two-litre engine produces the same power as a naturally-aspirated four-litre petrol unit which is enough to make the performance market sit up and take notice.
This is one of the most important steps towards small, high-output powerplants without expensive hybrid technology.
Combining Saab's turbocharging expertise with the use of highoctane E100 bioethanol fuel, the two-litre 9-5 engine produces an incredible 300bhp.
This has been possible through modifications to the engine management system and internal components, allowing the use of greater boost pressure with a raised compression ratio.
This exceptionally high power output of 150bhp per litre demonstrates scope for small high output engines that also deliver energy savings.
Peak power is complemented by a substantial amount of torque, giving the engine similar power to a naturally-aspirated fourlitre unit.
Indeed the Saab 9-5 BioPower 100 Concept accelerates from 0-62mph in just 6.6 seconds and 50-70mph (fifth gear) in an even more impressive 8.2 seconds.
Saab already markets Europe's best selling bioethanol vehicle, the 9- 5 BioPower.
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|Publication:||Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)|
|Date:||Feb 26, 2007|
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