2006 Saab Aero X Concept
Geneva, February 27, 2006 – Saab broke the ice tonight on the eve of the Geneva Motor Show by creating a Scandinavian atmosphere to reveal its stunning Aero X Concept car at the GM Premiere Night.
The Aero X is an exciting sports coupé that harnesses the power of Saab’s aircraft and Scandinavian design roots. Its innovative features include an aircraft-style cockpit canopy, eliminating the need for doors, and a 400 bhp, twin-turbo, V6 BioPower engine fuelled by pure bioethanol, giving zero fossil CO2 emissions.
This two-seater sports coupe breaks with design convention both outside and inside. First, there are no doors or windshield pillars. That’s because the Saab Aero X adopts a cockpit canopy, just as you would see on a jet aircraft. It offers the Aero X pilot full 180 degree vision
Inside, the cabin utilizes techniques derived from Swedish glass and precision instrument making to display data in graphic 3-D images on glass-like acrylic ‘clear zones’, eliminating conventional dials and switches.
Thrust for the all-wheel-drive Saab Aero X also comes from a powerplant with a difference. The 400 bhp, twin-turbo, BioPower V6 engine is fueled entirely by bioethanol, a sustainable energy source that is kinder to the environment by cutting fossil CO2 emissions.
With weight-saving carbon fiber bodywork, a lightweight powertrain, electronically-controlled suspension and all-wheel drive, the Saab Aero X is an exciting driver’s car that promises a level of performance to match its looks. Computer simulations anticipate zero to 100 kph in just 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 250 kph (limited).
Anthony Lo, Director of Advanced Design GM Europe, who led the Aero X design team, said: ”This car is what you get when you allow designers to take Saab´s rich heritage and dream. But the Aero X is much more than that – it’s a canvas to explore the potential signature cues for Saab’s next generation product portfolio.”
Story by Saab
|submitted by||Richard Owen|
|engine||BioPower V6 w/Dry Sump Lubrication|
|aspiration||Turbocharger w/Variable Geometry Turbine|
|valvetrain||OHC, 4 Valves per Cyl|
|power||298.3 kw / 400 bhp @ 5000 rpm|
|bhp/weight||266.67 bhp per tonne|
|torque||500 nm / 368.8 ft lbs @ 2000-5000 rpm|
|body / frame||Carbon Fibre body over Steel Monocoque|
|rear tires||325/25 -23|
|front brakes||Vented Discs w/ABS, EBD|
|f brake size||x 380 mm / x 15.0 in|
|rear brakes||Vented Discs w/ABS, EBD|
|r brake size||x 380 mm / x 15.0 in|
|front wheels||F 55.9 x 22.9 cm / 22 x 9.0 in|
|rear wheels||R 58.4 x 29.2 cm / 23 x 11.5 in|
|steering||Rack & Pinion|
|f suspension||Double Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Elec Adj Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar|
|r suspension||Multi-Link w/Coil Springs, Elec Adj Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar|
|curb weight||1500 kg / 3307 lbs|
|wheelbase||2795 mm / 110.0 in|
|front track||40615 mm / 1599 in|
|rear track||1579 mm / 62.2 in|
|length||4675 mm / 184.1 in|
|width||1918 mm / 75.5 in|
|height||1276 mm / 50.2 in|
|top speed||~250 kph / 155.3 mph|
|0 – 60 mph||~4.8 seconds|