Motors: At the forefront of greener fuels.
With fossil fuel starting to run out, alternative fuels have to be taken more seriously and Saab has been at the forefront of such technology.
One the latest 9-3 there is a new 2.0 litre biofuel engine in addition to the existing 1.8 litre. Both run on E85 biofuel, which is made from crops and biomass and although widely available in Sweden is still in short supply in most parts of the UK.
The 9-3 convertible with five speed automatic gearbox and fitted with the new biofuel engine loses nothing in performance - top speed 137 mph, 0 to 60 acceleration in 8.9 seconds with average fuel consumption of 29.1mpg.
The real benefit is a reduction in CO2 emissions - up to 70 per cent less than with fossil fuels.
Opt for the new 1.9 twin turbo diesel which powered the sport wagon I have just tried and there is very little difference in the acceleration with a top speed of 137 mph, acceleration 0-62 in 8.3 seconds but preliminary figures for the fuel consumption is a whopping 47.1 mpg with CO2 at 162g/km.
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|Publication:||Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)|
|Date:||Jun 22, 2007|
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