The Saab 9-5 2.3t
BioPower cuts fossil CO2 emissions by up to 70 per cent
whilst delivering maximum power of 210 bhp and 310 Nm of torque. That is
14 per cent more power and 11 per cent more torque when running on
eco-friendly bioethanol E85 fuel compared to when running on petrol.
Available in a choice of
Saloon and Estate bodystyles with manual or automatic transmission, the
9-5 2.3t BioPower is also for sale in Ireland and Nordic markets, with
other European countries to follow later this year. First unveiled at
the British International Motor Show in July and offered in addition to
the current 2.0t BioPower model which is already established as Sweden's
best selling environmentally-friendly vehicle, the arrival of this new
model further extends Saab's leadership of the premium 'flex-fuel'
allows Saab cars to combine the benefits of 'going green' through
substantially cutting fossil CO2 emissions, with the
enjoyment of even sportier driving performance. A further practical
advantage of the BioPower formula allows customers to run on petrol
and/or bioethanol E85 fuel in any proportion without any adjustment
needed by the driver.
Running on bioethanol E85 the new Saab 9-5 2.3t BioPower engine delivers
its maximum power of 210 bhp and 310 Nm of torque, compared to 185 bhp
and 280 Nm when using unleaded petrol. In terms of increased
performance, the manual saloon accelerates from zero to 62 mph in 7.9
seconds, compared to 8.5 seconds when running only on petrol.
Trionic engine management system monitors fuel quality after every visit
to the filling station and automatically makes any adjustments necessary
for running on bioethanol E85 and/or petrol in any combination.
Bioethanol E85 has a much
higher octane rating (107 RON in the UK) than standard unleaded petrol
(95 RON), and turbocharging allows the use of a higher boost pressure
and more advanced ignition timing – giving more engine power than is
possible on petrol without risk of harmful 'knocking' or pre-detonation.
The only hardware modifications necessary are more durable valves and
valve seats and the use of bioethanol-compatible materials in the fuel
system, including the tank, pump, lines and connectors.
Bioethanol fuel is
produced commercially from agricultural crops, such as corn, grain,
sugar beet and sugar cane. Unlike petrol, its consumption does not
significantly raise atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide (CO2),
which scientific research suggests is a major contributor to global
warming. This is because emissions during driving are balanced by the
amount of CO2 that is removed from the atmosphere when crops
for conversion are grown.
“I have been delighted to
see such an upsurge of interest in the UK’s emerging bioethanol industry
during the course of 2006,” remarks Jonathan Nash, Managing Director of
Saab Great Britain Limited. “Saab has been at the forefront of this
movement right from the start, and now our efforts are beginning to pay
off. We’re starting to see all of the pieces of the jigsaw come together
at last; flex-fuel cars are appearing on UK roads, bioethanol E85 pumps
are being installed at a growing number of supermarket petrol
forecourts, factories which produce the ethanol are starting to be
built, and UK farmers are starting to be paid to grow crops, instead of
not to grow them!”
The Saab 9-5 2.3t BioPower goes on sale in the UK on Monday 20 November
with OTR prices starting at £23,270.