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FIRST LOOK: SAAB 9-7X Aero

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Saab 9-7X Aero Takes Off
Limited Edition SUV Offers Jet-Like Performance
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DETROIT -- Saab takes SUV-performance to a new altitude as it announces the Aero performance version of the Saab 9-7X today. The limited edition 9-7X Aero will make its way to dealer showrooms early this autumn.

The Saab 9-7X brings unique Saab brand characteristics to the midsize SUV segment, including sophisticated styling inside and out, premium design features, and the sporty and spirited performance inherent to Saab vehicles. Since its debut two years ago, more than 12,000 have been sold in the U.S. and Canada. For 2008, Saab adds the Aero model - the symbol of serious Saab performance - to the 9-7X lineup. The limited edition 9-7X Aero takes Saab's interpretation on the midsize SUV to an entirely new level accelerating the performance aspect of the sophisticated vehicle with a 6.0L V-8, 20-inch wheels and tires, unique paint and custom interior accouterments.

"The 9-7X Aero is one great SUV to pilot," Shannon said. "We are excited to offer enthusiastic drivers an increased level of performance with the Aero, a symbol of Saab performance, in the midsize SUV segment."

The new 9-7X Aero features a powerful, 6.0L small-block V-8 delivering 390 horsepower (295 kW) and 395 lb.-ft. (542 Nm) of torque. With 0-60 mph acceleration under six seconds, the 9-7X Aero is a treat for those who are actively passionate about the driving experience.

The 9-7X Aero will be easy to spot as it wears a paint color all its own: Carbon Flash Metallic. The charcoal metallic paint nicely enhances the SUV's clean lines. Specific to the 9-7X Aero are 20-inch polished, aluminum wheels wrapped with P255/50R20 V-speed-rated performance tires that provide the optimum balance between ride and handling. Complementing the refined and driver-oriented cockpit-inspired interior are "Aero" embroidered leather seats and embossed floor mats.

Under the hood of the 9-7X Aero is the LS2 6.0L V-8 with a cold air induction package, rated at 390 horsepower (295 kW)* at 6,000 rpm and 395 lb.-ft. of torque (542 Nm)* at 4,000 rpm. The LS2 6.0L is based on the small-block V-8 architecture and delivers excellent down-low torque for strong off-the-line performance. Torque is inherent to the engine's cam-in-block design, which features large 4.00-inch-diameter (101,6 mm) bores and a 3.62-inch (92 mm) stroke. Response is crisp and immediate, thanks to the electronically controlled throttle.

Unique to the 9-7X Aero's version of the engine is a composite intake manifold adapted to the LS2 engine to help produce balanced torque and horsepower. Maximum towing capacity on 9-7X Aero model is 6,600 pounds (2994 kg).

Like all Saabs, the new Saab 9-7X Aero is driver-focused, with a lowered chassis tuned and tested to deliver responsive, balanced handling. Corner control and body roll control are improved with front stabilizer bars that are approximately 10 percent larger in diameter. Additional strength is provided by a heavy-duty rear axle with limited-slip differential.

With a four-wheel disc braking system enhanced with larger, 12.8-inch (325 mm) front disc rotors and iron twin-piston calipers, it's not difficult to put a stop to things in the more powerful 9-7X Aero. The heavy-duty iron calipers are stiff and retain their shape under high-pressure/high-heat braking conditions, providing a more linear feel and reduced pedal travel in high-energy stops. The brake pads use high-performance linings for strong fade resistance.

ABS and automatic all-wheel-drive are standard on all 9-7X models as well as the StabiliTrak electronic stability control system that provides confident, sure-footed travel. The performance-oriented all-wheel-drive system delivers impressive on-road grip and enhanced "launch" feel. The always-engaged system uses a Torsen center differential to split torque between the front and rear wheels. It is a torque-bias system that detects low traction at one axle and directs more torque to the other when needed.

Like all 9-7X models, the Aero model represents a terrific value with a high-level of standard equipment. In fact, the 9-7X boasts the most standard features in its class while offering a very competitive starting price at $39,935. The limited edition 9-7X Aero will start at $45,690, which includes a $745 destination fee and will begin arriving at dealerships this fall.

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Is it a 2008 or 2007 model year. I though the 9-7x was gone after this year. I want one.

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So basically a fancy TBSS. I guess it's okay, but just kill the damn thing already.

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Northie as long as it sells keep it. When sales drop way to far get rid'a it.

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It's nice, but it's just WAY too little WAY too late! Why dig this fossil up? Bury it, and bring on 9-4X, or w/e. My patience is running a little thin with my second favorite Swedish marque... <_<

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a small block aero saab. my GOD they are looney. Yet, if you want the best version of the trailblazer, this is the way to get it. i would actually tell my dad to look at one if he could get about 15 grand off list for this.

this is proof that the dumbasses in detroit now make idiot decisions for saab now too

think they'll export it to sweden?

the 9-7 reminds me of a waldoch conversion version of a trailblazer. its kind of fancy, has gaudy wheels, but reeks of cheese still.

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Deep-fried Swedish crisp bread. Yum.

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You know, I really like the TrailBlazer SS, bad interior and all. This just makes things better. It's pointless, and I wouldn't buy one new with my own money, but I think it's sweet. It's a lot more exciting and interesting than a slow-poke, leatherette X5 3.0si or Lexus Highlander.

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I cant see it selling well. I mean think of all the things you can get for 45 grand. \pontiacG8\cts

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Saab SS. Hmmm. Why doesn't GM kill that darn thing.

Although I had seen more 9-7 in my weeklong stay in Michigan than my entire life.

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I saw one in Santorini, Greece. In order to get through, all the oncoming cars had to get onto the sidewalk or back up.

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Finally, a SAAB for the manliest of homosexuals. :P

Seriously though, this would have kicked everythings ass in 2002.

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This is a waste of time, they should just cancel the 9-7x. They sell 2000 a year or something low like that. It was too trucky and lacking the Saab turbo engine from the beginning. GM needs to realize a big pushrod V8 doesn't make up for a bad vehicle, especially when gas is $3 a gallon.

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*Cough Cough! (#@(&$* TrailBlazer SS CoUgh! *

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I am going to add this to my garage, since my daughter, will want to get rid of her Acura within the next year, do the lease being up!!!!!!! So Saab here i come!!!!!!!

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Although I had seen more 9-7 in my weeklong stay in Michigan than my entire life.

Seems that I see at least one 9-7 every time I venture to Minneapolis. Saw one today downtown when we went to the Twins game.

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The 9-7X is not a bad looking vehicle, but if it lost a thousand pounds it would be worthy of the SAAB name. I really would like to know how many units of these they expect to sell, since Traiblazers and Envoys are not exactly flying off dealer lots. There is nothing shocking about the price since all vehicles in this ridiculous SUV class is at the same price point (ie. sell for what the market will bear). Now some of these 9-7X buyers might have to do some towing, but you can bet that most of these 9-7X will be performing urban duty transferring fat yanks from box store to box store, so why not save a little fuel and have some added handling dynamics and buy a 9-5 Sport Combi instead. Do the people who buy these SUV's think they are convincing the populous that we need a SUV because we are real outdoors people. F'K Give me a break. My outdoor love is Camping, Canoing and Mountain Biking and I manage this quite well in my 9-3 sedan. I sure as hell would not even consider a SUV because I can just walk up to my vehicle by myself and load my canoe or bike. Who the hell wants to use a step ladder, door sill or another person to put it up on a high roof. Most North Americans are imbeciles to marketing.

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I like it. The wheels and color are sexay.

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I will defiantly get a used on of these since it will be rare like the GMC typhoon in my family.

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You do see these things all the time in Michigan. I think it is because there are so many GM employees around and they are giving insane deals to GM employees. I think the last one I heard about was a $42K 9-7X was going for $269/month with no money down if you had Saab lease loyalty. Even once you add on taxes and consider the $1000 or so you will spend out of pocket for acquisition fee, etc., that is still damn cheap.

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I saw one in Santorini, Greece. In order to get through, all the oncoming cars had to get onto the sidewalk or back up.

Now that is power... ;)

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I may consider this in my list of replacement vehicles for the Equinox.

If the Enclave was expensive for your test, how come this is going to be cheap?

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