Chris’s wishlist – Dodge Charger

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 07:02 AM PDT

The next car on my wishlist is the mighty muscle carDodge Charger. This car is just awesome, it is another favorite of mine since my childhood and its all probably thanks to the TV show – The Dukes of hazard. The car was big powerful and had extremely aggressive looks how could you not adore it.

The Dodge charger started its life in 1966 and the new version is still in production today. The classic car has received numerous new designs but the one that I love the most and which sits on my wish list is the 1969 model. What draws me to this version the most is the rear lights set up and the big gaping mouth with hidden headlights.

Out of all the muscle cars in existence this has to be my favorite, seconded by the Ford Mustang, (which some might say is more of a pony car).

Watch the video clip below showing a car chase scene with the 1969 Dodge Charger from the movie – The Dukes of Hazard.

Being from the UK I have never had the chance to see one up front or let alone drive one as muscle cars never made it over from the States. But I am constantly on the look out for one and maybe one day it will no longer be on my wishlist but sitting in my garage waiting for me to take it out on a sunny day and unleash the power of its mighty V8 engine.

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Saab 94X Crossover details

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 05:55 AM PDT

Swedish automaker – Saab has recently unveiled the new Saab 94X crossover which is due to premiere at the 2010 Los Angles Auto Show. This new model increases the company’s line up to three models and offers car like handling in a crossover vehicle.

The Saab 94X will offered with a coice of power plants: the 2.8-liter V6 turbo engine that produces 300 hp at 5,500 rpm and 400 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm or a 3.0i V6 engine developing 265 hp at 6,900 rpm and 302 Nm of torque at 5,200 rpm. Both engines will be coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission and steering wheel controls.

The 3.0-liter engine accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 9 seconds, while the turbo version is able to accomplish that in 8.3 seconds.

The Saab 94X interior offers the driver a cockpit experience. The cabin is spacious and provides comfortable accommodation for up to five adults. The center console, center stack and main instrument display are presented within a single form that sweeps up around the driver and is finished in a choice of traditional wood or carbon fiber trim.

For more information read the press release below.


Saab Press Release:

The new Saab 94X brings unique Saab design and engineering values to the growing mid-size crossover segment. With distinctive Scandinavian and aircraft-inspired looks, it also offers car-like handling and ride characteristics that challenge class benchmarks.

Making its world premiere at next month's Los Angles Auto Show, the Saab 94X expands Saab's product portfolio to three car lines and will provide a fresh, alternative choice for independently-minded crossover buyers. It is an important next-step in the Swedish brand's renaissance as an independent premium car manufacturer.

Muscular and sporty to drive, the Saab 94X is aligned in looks and size between the 9-3X all-rounder and new 9-5 sedan. Outside and inside, it communicates its Saab identity with clean, uncluttered design and signature motifs, such as its wraparound-effect windshield, ice block lighting theme, driver-focused cockpit and flexible cargo handling.

In true Saab tradition, the Saab 94X delivers on its sporty persona. It is configured around a unique, purpose-designed crossover body structure, which has been key to delivering its exceptional handling and ride properties. Car-like driving dynamics are supported by Saab's advanced all-wheel-drive system, Saab XWD, and DriveSense adaptive chassis control.

Under the hood, nestles a choice of compact and efficient V6 engines, naturally-aspirated or turbocharged. The 265 hp, 3.0-liter motor for the entry-level model features direct fuel injection and variable valve timing; while the 300 hp, 2.8-liter exchanges direct injection for twin-scroll turbocharging and is exclusive to top-of-line Aero variants. Both engines are mated to six-speed automatic transmissions under adaptive, electronic control.

"The Saab 94X significantly broadens the appeal of the Saab brand," says Saab Automobile CEO Jan Åke Jonsson. "It gives us entry to the fast-growing crossover segment with a vehicle that reflects our brand values in key areas, such as progressive Scandinavian design and sporty, responsible driving performance. The Saab 94X is an exciting package and we're confident it will appeal to many existing Saab owners, as well as win new customers for the brand."

The Saab 94X goes on sale in North America in May next year, with sales in Europe and other global markets due to begin from August. Prices will be announced shortly before sales commence.

Body sculpted by Saab

The Saab 94X cuts a broad and powerful stance, with clean, uncluttered lines that echo Saab's Scandinavian design ethos. Its distinctive face, in common with the new 9-5 sedan, draws inspiration from the award-winning Aero X concept car, with a deep, three-port grille and 'ice-block'-effect lighting themes.

Disguised windshield and door pillars create Saab's signature wraparound-effect, the single glasshouse graphic emphasizing the brand's traditional 'cockpit' look. Other exterior Saab identifiers include the shaping of the headlamps, a 'hockey stick' waistline and strong C-pillars complemented by a wraparound-effect rear screen.

The roofline is visually lowered and extended by a rear spoiler integrated in to the tailgate. At the rear, the lighting carries forward a signature introduced by the new 9-5 sedan. An 'ice-block' bar lit by LEDs extends across the lower tailgate and wraps around the light units. Twin rhomboid-shaped exhaust tailpipes are also neatly integrated into the lower bumper molding.

Overall, the Saab 94X's bodywork is noticeably free from unnecessary decoration or trim. A dark protective appliqué is applied to the lower body, but there are no wheel-arch claddings or protective body panels.

Entry-level variants are fitted with 18-inch, six-spoke alloy wheels and Aero models are distinguished by 20-inch, nine-spoke 'turbine' alloy wheels, as well as a black mesh front grille.

Cockpit-inspired cabin

The spacious cabin provides comfortable accommodation for up to five adults and is defined by a signature Saab, driver-focused cockpit layout. The center console, center stack and main instrument display are presented within a single form that sweeps up around the driver. For the Saab 94X, this is finished with wood or, for Aero interiors, a carbon fiber-effect trim.

Other subtle references to Saab's aviation heritage include a selectable, aircraft attitude-style speed read-out, green illumination for the needles of the three main dials and traditional Saab 'joystick' adjusters for the mesh-style air vents. The ignition – a start/stop button – is, of course, located between the front seats, in true Saab tradition, adjacent to the shift lever.

Large, supportive seats include a standard, 8-way electrical adjustment for the driver and an optional electrical adjustment of the foot pedals. Rear passengers enjoy particularly roomy accommodation as rear space is not compromised by the presence of a third row of seats. They also benefit from an independent, three-way manual adjustment of the rake of each 60/40 fold seatback.

Ample onboard storage includes double-decked pockets in all doors, a two-tier front glovebox and a deep bin in the center console with 12-volt, USB and AUX connections. Rear passengers have additional storage in the rear face of the center console and the center armrest.

Infotainment includes two audio options, a seven-speaker or top-of-the-line, 10-speaker Bose system with 5.1 surround sound. The optional 8-inch touchscreen, hard disk-based navigation system includes a bird's eye map view and 10 GB storage for 'jukebox' music files. Communication on the move is supported by an integrated Bluetooth hands-free phone system, which functions via voice command and steering wheel controls, as well as the infotainment panel.

In the rear, passengers can enjoy independent climate control, in addition to the standard dual-zone system, and select their own onboard audio/visual entertainment through a dedicated unit in the back of the center console. This has a video AUX input and two 8-inch screens in the rear face of the front seatbacks.

Adaptable cargo carrying

The trunk of the Saab 94X is optimized for space and ease of use. The 60/40 split seatbacks fold down in a single movement, without having to move the seat cushions or remove the retractable head restraints, providing a completely flat cargo deck.

The front section of the trunk floor is hinged and can be opened via an aircraft-shaped handle to reveal an additional under floor storage. Floor space can be tailored as required by an optional, U-shaped track with a telescopic cargo dividing rail, which can be moved to any position to keep items in place.

For additional convenience, the tailgate is available with a remotely controlled, hydraulically powered operation. It can open fully, or to a lower, programmable position if there is restricted clearance overhead, such as in the garage.

On the move

The Saab 94X brings car-like handling and ride qualities to the crossover segment. Extensive development testing alongside competitor vehicles shows the Saab 94X has a level of dynamic performance – in ride refinement as well as handling – that challenges the very best in its class..

Key to such excellent driving qualities is a unique body structure, purpose-designed for a crossover application and free from compromises through adapting an existing sedan or wagon format.

Advanced driving technologies include Saab XWD, the sophisticated all-wheel-drive system, which infinitely varies drive torque between the front and rear axles. This pre-emptive, light and fast-acting system offers optimized grip in all conditions, dry or wet, smooth or loose, on road or off-road. It is combined with an electronically-controlled, rear limited-slip differential (eLSD) which can transfer up to 50% of rear torque between the rear wheels, to whichever has more grip

Driver and vehicle in the Aero are brought even closer together by Saab DriveSense, an adaptive chassis function which uses real time damping control to help the Saab 94X react to how it is being driven and to changing road conditions. In addition to the default 'Intelligent' setting, the driver can select 'Comfort' and 'Sport' modes. An 'Eco' mode, activated via a separate button, also re-maps the throttle pedal and gearshifting patterns for optimal fuel economy.

Other driving aids include variable effort steering, a function of Saab DriveSense, and standard bi-xenon adaptive lighting, which provides better illumination of upcoming bends by linking the direction of the headlamp beam to the steering angle.

Efficient power packs

The powertrain line-up comprises two efficient all-aluminum V6 engines, both with a six-speed automatic transmission and Saab XWD. These light and compact, 24-valve motors feature variable valve timing, on both inlet and exhaust sides, and boast power ratings typical of larger displacement engines.
A 265 hp (195 kW), 3.0-liter naturally-aspirated motor for the entry-level specification includes direct fuel injection. It propels the Saab 94X from zero to 100 km/h in just 9.0 seconds.

Available exclusively in Aero specification, the 2.8-liter turbo engine packs 300 hp (221 kW) and generates an impressive 400 Nm spread of torque between 2,000 and 5,000 rpm. It delivers zero to 100 km/h acceleration in 8.3 seconds. Fuel consumption figures for both engines are still being finalised.

Leading safety performance

Excellent safety complements strong performance, and the Saab 94X benefits from more than 50 years of Saab experience in working with occupant protection. Saab crash testing and computer simulations are based on what happens in real collisions, on real roads. Many in-house tests developed by Saab are over and above those legally required or carried out by consumer test organizations.
The success of Saab's work is reflected in surveys of real-life collisions by the US Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) and the Swedish Folksam insurance company, where Saab cars have consistently scored well, several times being ranked best in their segment. The Saab 9-3 and the new 9-5 sedan are also maximum 5-star performers in EuroNCAP crash safety tests.

Car-like Driving Fun and Ride Comfort

 Purpose-designed crossover body structure delivers car-like driving quality
 Adaptive chassis technology: Saab XWD and Saab DriveSense
 Advanced infotainment: hard disc storage, rear seat entertainment
 Safety systems leverage more than 50 years of Saab real-life crash safety experience

The Saab 94X's advanced chassis offers car-like handling characteristics, with sporty and responsive driving qualities that challenge the best in its class.

Sophisticated technologies include Saab's DriveSense adaptive chassis, with real-time damping control, and Saab XWD, a cutting edge all wheel-drive system with an electronically-controlled rear limited-slip differential (eLSD).

Comfort and convenience features include a start/stop button, keyless entry and exit, a powered tailgate, adaptable cargo stowage, tri-zone air conditioning and rear seat entertainment packages. Satellite-navigation with an 8-inch touchscreen, Bose surround sound system and hard disc 'jukebox' music storage are among the infotainment options.

Behind The Wheel

The Saab 94X has been developed to deliver a nimble, responsive driving experience that belies its size and height. Car-like and fun to drive, it is equally at ease on smooth roads or loose, slippery surfaces.

It benefits from a unique body structure, specifically designed for a crossover application. This has enabled engineers to establish key vehicle dimensions – such as wide front and rear tracks (1,622 and 1,623 mm respectively) and the suspension geometry – without being compromised by adapting an existing sedan or wagon format. While offering the security of a raised, 'command' driving position and a ground clearance of 200 mm, the Saab 94X concedes little or nothing in its dynamic performance.

Extensive testing alongside competitor vehicles validated the Saab 94X's qualities for ride refinement, noise suppression and handling. In a variety of test configurations, its performance challenged the very best in class.

A stiff body structure, with a torsional rigidity rating of 31 Hz, is key to ensuring refined ride characteristics and good suppression of noise, vibration and harshness, as well providing a solid foundation for the location of suspension mountings.

Front suspension is by McPherson struts with hydraulic lower A-arm ride bushings and a hollow-section anti-roll bar. An independent, linked H-arm layout is used at the rear. This sophisticated system, with isolated sub-frame mountings, enhances ride comfort, reduces vibration entering the cabin and improves roadholding. Shear bushings in the damper mountings to the body further dissipate vibrations from the road and improve noise isolation.

To deliver an enhanced ride quality, unsprung weight has been minimized by the use of weight-saving aluminum for all brake calipers, the front wheel hubs, A-arms, steering knuckles and rear suspension links. The powerful braking system uses 345 mm front and 315 mm rear discs, both ventilated. ESP® is fitted as standard.

"This is a truly rewarding car to drive," says Peter Dörrich, Saab 94X Vehicle Chief Engineer, who led the development team. "We are really pleased with its excellent handling and ride qualities. We can't wait for the public and media to start driving it."

Advanced driving technologies build on the capabilities of the Saab 94X's chassis. Chief among these are:

Saab XWD with eLSD

This advanced all-wheel-drive system offers a more rewarding driving experience and greater control in all conditions, dry or wet, on and off-road.

Already successfully launched in the Saab 9-3 and 9-5, this pre-emptive, active system has been integrated and optimized by Saab chassis engineers. It uses a multi-plate Haldex clutch unit which infinitely varies the delivery of drive torque between the front and rear axles. Careful programming enables the application of rear drive to balance oversteer and understeer characteristics, as well as ensuring optimal grip in loose or slippery conditions. The ESP® system is also tuned together with XWD to optimize the chassis's sporty potential without reducing safety margins.

An electronically-controlled rear limited-slip differential (eLSD) can transfer up to 50% of rear torque between the rear wheels, to whichever has more grip. Under hard cornering on the open road, or when completing a high speed maneuver, the brief application of more or less torque to either wheel also helps the rear of the car more closely follow the direction of the front wheels. In loose or slippery conditions, traction is also further improved.

Saab XWD with the eLSD is fitted as standard.

Saab DriveSense

This adaptive system includes real time damping control with a range of adjustments that helps the vehicle adapt to the way it is being driven.. In addition to the default 'Intelligent' mode, two further settings, 'Sport' and 'Comfort', can be selected via a rotary knob next to the gear shift.

In real time, 'Intelligent' mode adjusts the car's handling characteristics in response to driving style. It continually varies the stiffness rates of the electronically-controlled dampers, the action of the electronic throttle and the degree of power steering assistance. For example, when the car is being driven in a sporty style, the action of the dampers is automatically stiffened to improve body control and roadholding; the throttle pedal movement is shortened for a faster response and steering assistance is reduced for a more direct feel. At reduced speeds, the dampers are softened for greater ride comfort, the action of the throttle pedal becomes less aggressive and the steering feels lighter.

The 'Sport' setting introduces a firmer range of adjustment for the dampers, offering even greater body control. In addition to sharpening the throttle pedal response and enhancing steering feel, 'Sport' mode also raises the gear shifting points of the automatic transmission and sends more drive torque to the rear wheels.

By contrast, 'Comfort' mode, optimizes ride refinement by enabling a softer range of adjustment for the dampers and a smoother throttle pedal action. It provides enhanced compliance over rough road surfaces.

'Eco' mode, unique to the Aero model and activated via a separate button, is focused on optimizing fuel economy and includes the appropriate management of gear shifting patterns and re-mapping of the throttle pedal action.

DriveSense is standard fit for Aero models.

Variable Effort Steering (VES)

When maneuvering, parking or driving at low speeds, VES increases the level of power assistance in order to reduce steering effort. At higher speeds, assistance is automatically reduced to ensure a high degree of steering 'feel' for the driver.

VES uses an electro-magnetic motor on the steering rack, controlled by a coil, to boost or reduce the level of hydraulic assistance. VES also adapts to the speed at which the steering wheel is being turned, providing progressively increased assistance the faster the wheel is rotated. VES is a function within Saab DriveSense and comes as standard for Aero models

Comfort, Convenience and Safety

Occupants of the Saab 94X benefit from state-of-the-art features that enhance the travel experience. These are focused on ease-of-use and making the cabin of the Saab 94X an enjoyable and safer place to be. They include:

Start/Stop button with keyless entry/exit
Standard throughout the range, a start/stop button replaces the conventional ignition switch. In Saab tradition, it is located between the seats next to the shifter. The engine control unit detects and authenticates a coded signal from driver's fob and the engine can be started or stopped by simply pressing the start/stop button.

For even greater convenience, a keyless entry/exit system is also offered, which allows the car to be automatically unlocked when the door handle is pulled while the fob is still in the driver's pocket or handbag. The car can also be locked when the driver leaves it by simply touching the lock area of the door handle. This ease-of-use feature removes the need to press the unlock/lock buttons on a standard fob.

Tri-zone air conditioning
In addition to the standard dual zone climate control for the driver and front passenger, the tri-zone option offers independent temperature control for rear seat occupants. Extended ducting feeds air from the main air conditioning unit to an outlet module in the rear face of the center console. The module includes a small fan to accelerate the airflow and two adjustable distribution vents. It is offered in combination with rear seat entertainment and available only with left-hand drive vehicles.

Advanced infotainment systems
The extensive infotainment choice offers a wide range of state-of-the-art features and two audio options: a seven-speaker or top-of-the-line, Bose system with true 5.1 surround sound reproduction. The 8-inch touchscreen navigation system includes a bird's eye map view and hard disk drive storage for map data and music.

Audio selection is versatile. In addition to the AM/FM and DAB radio, the driver can play music directly from a CD, insert an MP3 player or memory stick into the standard USB socket, or even store 10 GB of favorite tracks on a built-in hard drive with the navigation system – all with full control via the faceplate and steering wheel. The USB socket is located conveniently alongside an AUX input and 12V power outlet in the center console. The USB 'wires' the device to the car and offers instant control through the audio system, the in-car display showing the song title, artist and album information.

Communication on the move is supported by an integrated Bluetooth hands-free phone system, which functions via voice command and steering wheel controls, as well as the infotainment faceplate.

In the rear, passengers can enjoy their own onboard entertainment through a dedicated unit in the back of the center console and two 8-inch screens which fold out, laptop style, from the front seatbacks. Passengers can select an alternative audio source to that being played up front, watch a DVD or enjoy entertainment from a stand-alone player, such as a games console or digital camera, connected to the video AUX input. Sound is provided by wireless headphones.

Rear-view camera
Fitted as standard on Aero and Premium models, a small lens is discreetly mounted in the deck lid to provide enhanced rearward vision when reversing. A 3.5-inch image is shown in the interior rear-view mirror, or the main display screen with satellite navigation.

Driving and crash safety
All occupants in the Saab 94X benefit from Saab's successful real-life safety philosophy. Crash testing and computer simulations are based on what happens in real collisions on real roads, using the findings of a database covering more than 6,100 real-life accidents involving Saab cars on Swedish roads over that last 50 years. Saab safety engineers are always aware that their ultimate goal is protecting real people, not only dummies in laboratory crash tests.

According to Saab's real-life safety strategy, the structural design of the car, and the operation of its safety systems, is evaluated through a large number of in-house crash tests which are additional to those legally required or carried out by consumer test organizations.

The success of this work is reflected in surveys of real-life collisions by the US Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) and the Swedish Folksam insurance company, where Saab cars have consistently scored well, several times being ranked best in their segment. The Saab 9-3 and the new 9-5 sedan are also maximum 5-star performers in EuroNCAP crash safety ratings, as is the 9-3 in US NCAP.

In addition to the full complement of occupant safety systems installed in all Saab cars, the Saab 94X includes third generation Saab Active Head Restraints (SAHR 3) as standard for the front seats, together with pre-tensioning and load-limiting for the outer rear seatbelts.

Driving, or active safety – the ability to avoid becoming involved in an accident – is also improved by bi-xenon adaptive lighting. This powerful system improves visibility for the driver and reduces night driving stress. At all speeds, the headlamps provide better illumination of upcoming bends by swiveling up to 15°, to the right or left according to the steering angle.

At speeds below 50 km/h, Town Light provides a wider, flatter beam so that pedestrians or potential hazards at the roadside can be seen more easily. At speeds above 100 km/h, Motorway Light is engaged, which increases the depth of the light beam from 130 to 170 meters. The cone is shaped so that on-coming drivers are not affected.

ESP® is fitted as standard across the range and the rear brake lights flash under heavy braking to warn following drivers.

Crossing Over with Progressive Saab Design

 Carries forward signature Saab design cues
 Clean exterior styling follows Scandinavian tradition
 Spacious cabin with driver-focused cockpit
 Flexible cargo management system

Strong, crisply sculpted and unmistakably Saab: the Saab 94X cuts a muscular stance that defines its crossover character. It takes Saab forward into a new market segment, sharing signature Saab styling cues from the new Saab 9-5 sedan.

Outside and inside, it gives fresh expression to a Saab design heritage drawn from aeronautical and Scandinavian roots. The Saab 94X takes Saab's design language into a new vehicle class, emphasizing a feeling of strength and solidity that goes to the heart of the Saab brand.

Clean exterior design

The athletic Saab 94X brings Saab design values to the crossover segment of the first time. Like its 9-5 peer, the distinctive frontal styling of the Saab 94X is inspired by the award-winning Aero X concept car, which introduced a new deep, three-hole grille treatment and 'ice-block'-effect lighting themes in a blue-green hue.

Other Saab brand identifiers – the wraparound-effect windshield, peaked cap header rail, the shape of the headlamps, a wraparound-effect rear screen and hockey stick waistline – are now integrated within a raised, crossover body format. The result is a vehicle with clean, uncluttered lines that reflect the simplicity of Scandinavian design principles.

The blacked-out windshield and door pillars help to create a single glasshouse graphic, emphasizing that typical Saab 'cockpit' look. In the style of the new 9-5, the door mirror casings are also black, instead of body-colored, so that the visual impact of the window graphic is not interrupted.

Like the new 9-5 sedan, the 'ice block' headlamp units include a curving, signature light tube which illuminates to give the car a distinctive identity day and night. Indicator repeaters in the front fenders also adopt the blue-green 'ice block' theme.

Subtle sculpturing of the wheel-arches, and a side crease that underlines the hockey stick beltline, also give a taut look to the proportions of a mid-size crossover. In keeping with Scandinavian design values, the Saab 94X's bodywork is free from unnecessary trim. While a dark protective appliqué is coated on the lower body, the Saab 94X's svelte lines are not sullied by additions such as wheel-arch cladding or protective body panels.

The roofline is visually lowered and stretched by a deep spoiler integrated into the top of the tailgate. The rear screen appears to wraparound the rear quarters of the car, helping to form a strong 'C'-pillar shape, another Saab signature feature.

The rear lighting follows the same distinctive theme seen on the new 9-5 sedan. The signature 'ice-block' light bar stretches across the lower tailgate, wrapping around the rear light units. It gives the rear of the Saab 94X a distinctive night and day identity.

For easy loading, the tailgate opens flush with the top of the rear bumper molding, which is finished with a black, scratch-resistant insert. The rear bumper also comes with a detachable hitch cover, which preserves its good looks when a towing hitch is not required. With both engines, twin rhomboid-shaped exhaust tailpipes are neatly integrated into the lower bumper molding.

18-inch, six-spoke alloy wheels are fitted as standard, while Aero models are visually distinguished by 20-inch, nine-spoke 'turbine' alloy wheels, a black mesh front grille and a side decor strip in brushed aluminum.

Cockpit-inspired cabin

The Saab 94X's spacious cabin provides comfortable accommodation for up to five adults and is distinguished by its signature Saab driver-focused cockpit. The center console, center stack and main instrument displays are all combined within a single form that arcs around the driver. For the Saab 94X, this defining feature is presented with a wood or carbon fiber-effect finish.

Three main instrument dials are housed in chrome-edge tubes. The central speedometer includes a selectable, rolling 'aircraft attitude' meter as a speed read-out, a subtle reference to Saab's aviation heritage. The needles of the dials and main display screen in center stack are all illuminated in signature Saab green. The aircraft-like ‘Night Panel’ button, another unique Saab feature, allows the driver to minimize distraction during night driving by switching off all the main instrument and infotainment illumination, except the speedometer.

Other unique Saab features include mesh-style air vents with 'joystick' adjusters and the car's ignition – now a start/stop button – located between the front seats adjacent to the shift lever. Controls associated with the movement of the vehicle – such as the electric park brake button and DriveSense adaptive ride selector – are logically located in the same area.

The presentation of the infotainment and climate controls in the center stack below the color display screen follows the same layout as seen in the new 9-5 sedan. Small channels in the fascia link the main rotary controls and resemble the shape of Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man, a hint at the combination of human design and scientific precision used in the layout of the cabin. It is part of the logical, zonal groupings used for the location of the car's interior, chassis and lighting controls.

Ample cabin storage is a key requirement for a leisure-orientated vehicle. In addition a large, two-tier, cooled glovebox, Saab designers have optimized space by providing double-decked storage pockets in all doors, front and rear. The center console also includes storage within the lift-top adjustable armrest, as well as dual depth adjustable twin cupholders and a deep storage bin with a 12-volt power outlet and USB and AUX sockets for mobile devices. Rear passengers have additional storage in the rear face of the center console and in the center armrest with twin cupholders.

Large, supportive seats include an 8-way electrical adjustment for the driver (also for the front passenger in Aero specification). Driving comfort can be further refined by electrically adjustable foot pedals, available an option, giving a travel range of 55 mm and operated via a button on the steering column.

Rear passengers can also adjust their seating position. Each of the split seatbacks features a choice of three rake positions, which are engaged by a lever in the outboard edge of the seatback.

Adaptable cargo carrying

The trunk of the Saab 94X is optimized for space and ease of use. Generously proportioned, with minimal intrusions in the side walls, it offers a load capacity of 485 (preliminary) liters with the rear seatbacks up.

The 60/40 split seatbacks are designed to fold down in a single movement, without having to move the seat cushions or remove the retractable head restraints. As the seatbacks are folded down, the cushions slide forward to enable a completely flat cargo deck.

The front section of the trunk floor is hinged and can be raised via an aircraft-shaped handle to reveal an additional under-floor storage for smaller items when a tire repair kit is fitted instead of a spare wheel. The raised floor can also be locked in a vertical position and is fitted with hooks, allowing shopping bags to be organized in a practical way.

A detachable, retracting cargo cover is also fitted a standard. It pulls out from the top of the seatbacks to conceal stowed items and features a convenient second movement, which allows both edges to slide up channels on the inside of the D-pillars. This opens up the cargo deck for easy access, without any need to fully retract the cover, or reach inside again to pull it back in position.

The cargo deck's floor space can be tailored as required. The optional, U-shaped track accommodates an adaptable, telescopic cargo dividing rail which can be moved to any position. The concept, already introduced on the new 9-5 sedan, provides a quick and flexible storage solution, keeping a wide range of different-sized items in place.

For additional convenience, the tailgate is available with a remotely controlled, hydraulically powered operation. It can be opened, programmed and closed via a rotary switch on the inside of the driver's door, the key fob or controls on the tailgate itself. The programmable mode raises it to a set lower position if there is restricted clearance overhead. The OFF setting disables the powered function. This feature is standard for all Aero models.

Cabin Decor and Equipment

In both specifications, the upper surfaces of the cabin's front fascia and door panels are presented in a grained, jet black finish, with contrasting edge stitching for the Aero.

The standard interior offers a choice of dark titanium (grey), shale (beige) or jet black for the center armrest, lower door panels and seats, which are upholstered in leatherette. A wood-effect finish is applied to the main instrument panel and door grab handles, and the three-spoke steering wheel is leather trimmed.

The Aero cabin features a choice of dark titanium or jet black for the center armrest, lower door panels and sports seats, with under-thigh extensions, which are upholstered in perforated leather. Contrasting stitching, is applied to the flat-bottomed sports steering wheel, gearshift and the edge of the instrument panel. The Aero cabin is further enhanced by up-level ambient lighting, and a carbon-fiber look for the instrument panel and door handles.

ExtensiveSaab 94X standard equipment includes:

18" alloy wheels
Bi-xenon adaptive headlights with cleaning, automatic levelling
Fog lamps
Electrically-powered windows and door mirrors
Cruise control
Dual zone climate control
Keyless ignition with start and stop button
Color center console display
Steering wheel with audio/phone controls
8-way powered driver's and 4-way manual front seat passenger adjustment
Electric parking brake
Night Panel
7-speaker Saab Infotainment CD with AUX, USB Rear seat with reclining adjustment, 60/40 split, armrest, dual cupholders and ski load-through
Rear center headrest, retracting
Roof bars, matt aluminum finish
Rear cargo cover

Aero specification adds:

20-inch turbine alloy wheels
Sentronic steering wheel controls for automatic transmission
DriveSense adaptive chassis including variable effort steering
Parking assistance front & rear
Perforated leather seats
8-way powered driver/passenger seat adjustment with lumbar support and thigh extension
Keyless entry
Up-level interior ambient lighting
Rain sensing wipers
Saab Infotainment Navigation
BOSE sound system
Power liftgate
Adjustable pedals
Light sensitive inside and outside rear view mirrors
Rear view camera

Compact V6 Engines Deliver High Efficiency

 Entry model with 265 hp, naturally-aspirated 3.0V6
 Top-of-the-line Aero features 300 hp 2.8V6 turbo
 Adaptive, six-speed automatic transmissions

The Saab 94X is powered by a choice of two compact, six-cylinder engines, each featuring advanced technologies that deliver power ratings typical of larger displacement engines, but with better fuel economy and lower emissions.

A 265 hp, 3.0-liter V6 motor is fitted to the entry model and a turbocharged, 2.8-liter V6 with 300 hp – as used in the new 9-5 sedan – is fitted to Aero models. Both units are transversely-mounted and mated to six-speed automatic transmissions with Saab XWD. .

The engines feature electronic management, electronic throttle control, direct ignition and four valves per cylinder operated by overhead, maintenance-free, chain-driven camshafts. Variable valve timing, on both inlet and exhaust sides, allows the opening and closing of the valves to be adjusted according to engine speed and load. This enables a broader spread of torque, higher maximum power and improved fuel consumption, as well as better emissions control.

To give minimal piston friction and wear characteristics, while also benefiting fuel and oil consumption, the cylinder walls of the engines are laser-etched for an ultra smooth finish. Under-skirt piston oil cooling and sodium-filled exhaust valves are further efficiency measures.

A torque-based engine management strategy is used for both engines. This calculates an optimal throttle position, cam phasing, ignition timing and turbo charge pressure for all engine loads and speeds.

3.0V6, naturally-aspirated

This fuel-efficient, all-aluminum engine delivers 265 hp (195 kW) at 6,950 rpm and plentiful torque of 302 Nm at 5,200 rpm. It propels the Saab 94X from zero to 100 km/h in just 9.0 seconds.

The engine features direct injection, which delivers fuel under high pressure directly into the combustion chamber, instead of the inlet port, where it is mixed with air. This improves the efficiency of the combustion process and enables a high 11.7 compression ratio, increasing power and improving fuel economy on part or full throttle. During cold starting, when engine exhaust emissions are at their highest, direction injection also offers an improvement of up to 25%.

Apart from an aluminum construction, other weight-saving and/or noise reduction features include: a composite, instead of aluminum, upper intake manifold; an integral exhaust manifold, eliminating a separate unit; and composite, instead of cast aluminum, camshaft covers.

The six-speed automatic transmission applies a wide selection of shift patterns that adapt to the style and habits of the driver, anticipating when maximum acceleration or maximum efficiency is required. It also adapts to the prevailing road conditions, reducing gear shifting when climbing or descending and using engine braking assistance during down changes. It features a clutch-to-clutch shift operation, with manual sequential gear selection available via the shifter.

2.8V6 Turbo.

Available exclusively in Aero specification, this all-aluminum engine has a classic 60° angle between the cylinder banks to give optimum balance for vibration-free running. It generates 300 hp (221 kW) at 5,500 rpm and an impressive 400 Nm spread of torque between 2,000 and 5,000 rpm.

On the road, it delivers giving zero to 100 hm/h acceleration in 8.3 seconds. Like all turbo engines, it offers performance typical of larger engine, while delivering better fuel economy when boost is not required, under highway cruising, for example.

The single, twin-scroll turbocharger is mounted centrally above the transmission and fed by both banks of cylinders. The use of two inlet tracts, one for each cylinder bank, separates the exhaust gas pulses, improving gas flow, reducing energy losses and raising turbocharger efficiency. The turbo is water-cooled and uses air-to-air intercooling to increase intake charge density.

A strong, forged-steel crankshaft runs in four main bearings and the steel connecting rods are sinter forged for extra strength and durability. The polymer-coated, aluminum pistons and the floating wrist-pins are cooled and further lubricated by triple under-skirt oil jets.

The exhaust manifolds are double-skinned with hydroformed stainless steel liners to improve cold start emissions by minimizing heat absorption to the manifold. Air injection into each exhaust manifold for up to 30 seconds after a cold start also helps the central pre-catalyst, positioned upstream of the main catalytic converter, achieve ‘light off’, its effective working temperature, as early as possible.

For smooth and quiet running, the cast aluminum oil pan is stiffened and bolted to the transmission bell housing, as well as the engine block, eliminating points of vibration. The camshaft covers are fully isolated and made from composite material to provide an effective noise barrier.

The six-speed automatic transmission for this engine includes an integrated electronic control module, which eliminates the need for any external wiring. It features an adaptive shifting logic similar to that of the 3.0V6i transmission, while adding manual gear selection via steering wheel controls to complement the manual gear selection with the shifter.

Fuel consumption figures for both engines have yet to be finalised.

Database: New Saab 94X
Technical Overview

2997 cc. 6 cylinders,V6
Aluminum cylinder heads and block DOHC, 24-valve
VVT (inlet and exhaust)
Direct fuel injection

2792 cc. 6 cylinders,V6
Aluminum cylinder heads and block DOHC, 24-valve
VVT (inlet and exhaust)
Twin-scroll turbocharger
Bosch Motronic ME9.6

MacPherson strut
Aluminum A-arm
Hydraulic dampers
Stabilizer bar
Hydraulic ride bushings
Independent, linked H-arm
Coil springs. Gas charged dampers
Stabilizer bar (hollow)

6-speed automatic
Steering wheel controls (Aero)
Rack and pinion
Hydraulic power assistance (Saab 94X)
Variable Effort Steering (Saab 94X Aero)
Turning circle (curb-to-curb):
11.9 m.
Turns lock-to-lock: 2.84

Wheels, Tires
18" x 8″ aluminum, 235/65 (Saab 94X)
20" x 8″ aluminum, 235/55 (Saab 94X Aero)
Dual circuit, vacuum booster
Discs, Calipers (f/r, mm):
345 x 30, ventilated
Aluminum dual piston
315 x 23, ventilated
Aluminum single piston
Curb (kg):
2010 – 2120 kg (Saab 94X)
2085 – 2135 (Saab 94X Aero)
Max. towing weight:
2,000 kgWeight distribution (%, f/r):
57 / 43
Load capacity (liters):
2nd seat row up: 485 (preliminary)
Cooling system (liters):
11.7 (3.0i V6)
12.8 (2.8 turboV6)
Engine oil (liters):
5.7 (3.0i V6)
6.0 (2.8 turbo V6)
Fuel tank (liters):

Drag co-efficient


3.0i V6 2.8 turbo V6
Availability Saab 94X Saab 94X Aero
Max. ouput (hp / kW)
Rpm 265 / 195
6,900 300 / 221
Max torque (Nm / lb-ft)
Rpm 302 / 223
5,200 400 / 295
2,000 – 5,000
Bore / Stroke (mm) 89.0 x 80.3 89.0 x 74.8
Compression Ratio 11.7: 1 9.5: 1
0-100 kph (s) 9.0 8.3
Top speed (kph)

(l/100 km)
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This Japanese sports car also comes with a 2WD driving mode which helps reduce the tight corner braking phenomenon – a more rigid body, a modified suspension setup and a set of lightweight aluminum forged wheels.

The new exterior has been designed to improve drag coefficient of 0.26 and add 10% more downforce. The facelift includes: a new front spoiler with integrated LED daytime running lights, a new rear bumper and new tail pipes.

The 2012 Nissan GT-R Club Track edition has been developed exclusively for racing and comes with various parts installed by the Authorized Servicefactory Association.

The 2012 Nissan GT-R EGOIST comes with 20 choices for the interior color, a Bose sound system tuned to each of the drivers, a carbon fiber rear spoiler and a titanium exhaust system.

For more information read the press release below.


Nissan Press Release:

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced the launch of the 2012 Nissan GT-R facelift, which goes on sale November 17th at Nissan dealers nationwide in Japan.

For 11MY, GT-R features improved engine output and torque, greater fuel efficiency, revised handling, a refreshed exterior with improved aerodynamics, revised interior treatment and new wheels and tires.
The large number of enhancements for the new model year is part of the continuous advancement of the 2012 Nissan GT-R facelift design, technology and performance since its debut in December 2007. Nissan has also enhanced the level of after-sales support for 2012 Nissan GT-R facelift owners, providing even greater value for customers.

The "World of GT-R" expands again this year with the addition of a racing circuit use-only "Club Track" edition and an ultra-exclusive "EGOIST" version that can be custom-ordered according to the precise desires of each individual customer. The complete 2012 Nissan GT-R facelift model lineup now includes six versions – the "Pure edition," "Black edition," "Premium edition," "SpecV," "Club Track" and "EGOIST" – allowing customers to choose the exact level of dynamic performance and style to meet their various needs.

The 2012 Nissan GT-R facelift will also be released in North America, Europe and other regions after February 2011. Nissan is considering introducing EGOIST in Europe and the Middle East, and the Club Track edition in Europe as well.

2012 Nissan GT-R facelift Overview
Developed under the theme of offering the "world's best multi-performance and responsive driving pleasure," every area of the 2012 Nissan GT-R facelift has been carefully rethought or retuned for 11MY. The changes range from greater body stability and strength and improved aerodynamics performance to a sportier interior and enhanced performance. Following are the key enhancements of the creative 2012 Nissan GT-R facelift design.

1. Mechanism
Engine and Transmission Enhancements
- By modifying the boost pressure of the turbocharger, valve timing and air mixture ratio, reducing intake air resistance by enlarging the inlet pipe diameter, and reducing exhaust air resistance through use of an enlarged section of exhaust pipe, fuel economy is improved to 8.5km/L (10-15 mode) or 8.6km/L (JC08 mode).
- At the same time, the engine output is significantly improved to 390kW(530ps)/6,400rpm with maximum torque of 612Nm(62.5kgfm) from 3,200 to 6,000 rpm. A new red color engine cover is used to demonstrate its greater performance.
- Cleaner emissions are realized through adopting an ultra-low precious metal catalyst and ECM with high-capacity microprocessor – achieving SU-LEV certification levels (emitting 75% fewer emissions than Japan's 2005 exhaust emission standards).
- A new SAVE mode is adopted, which optimizes driving torque and modifies the shift schedule to improve actual fuel economy when driving highways or open roads. This mode also helps reduce ankle fatigue.
- Starting performance while selecting "R mode" for the transmission and VDC-R is improved.
- To control tight corner braking phenomenon, which can occur when starting the vehicle while turning the steering wheel, 2WD mode is added to temporarily shift to 2WD driving.
* When the vehicle speed is below 10km/h and the steering wheel is turned more than halfway.

Body Strengthening
- A highly rigid, lightweight strut supporting bar, made of carbon composite with aluminum honeycomb material, is installed in the partition wall of the engine compartment. By linking the right and left struts to quickly receive suspension input, the vehicle body's responsiveness to driving operation is enhanced.
- An additional support member is installed in the passenger side of the instrument panel. Responsiveness of the vehicle body is further improved by enhanced rigidity for connection with the engine compartment.
- For further production accuracy, the fitting precision of the body panels is enhanced and a higher-precision G sensor is utilized in checking the instrument panel during the vibration testing of each vehicle body.

Suspension and Braking Modifications
- For the front suspension, the lever ratio of the springs, shock absorbers and stabilizer bar is modified to improve the vertical load response of the tires. Front caster angle is increased from 5°35 to 6°00 to improve tire road holding ability when turning and stability while driving straight.
- For the rear suspension, toe performance is modified by changing the roll center height to a lower position in order to improve tire grip while making turns and to better communicate driving feel.
- An aluminum free-piston shock absorber design is newly developed which generates more precise damping force to constantly provide stable road holding and a load shift that quickly responds to driver's intention. Reduced friction in the shock absorbers provides high quality, smooth ride comfort.
- A thin, large-diameter rotor (Φ390) developed uniquely by Nissan is adopted to improve braking force, fade resistance, pedal control ability and extend brake rotor life for sporty driving.

- Wheels and Tires
- The 2012 Nissan GT-R facelift also features newly designed, lighter weight and more rigid forged aluminum-alloy wheels. Made by Rays, the wheels help improve tire responsiveness to vertical load. Knurling inside the wheel is modified to avoid deviation of tire rotation direction caused by the higher engine output. On the wheel surface, a new Hyper Blue Black Chrome color is adopted, which expresses high quality and high-performance feel. The wheels' deep gloss is created by utilization of a five-layer coating process.
- The Dunlop SP SPORT MAXX GT 600 DSST CTT tires have a new compound to improve tire grip. With renewed structure and improved tread and sidewall rigidity, straight-line stability in rutted roads is enhanced.

2. Design
Exterior and aerodynamics
- Even with 2012 Nissan GT-R facelift's already intense and stable form, its world-leading aerodynamics performance is further improved through a number of significant enhancements. Downforce is increased by about 10%, while the coefficient of drag is further reduced from 0.27 to 0.26.
- Stability is improved by enlarged bumper and grille openings
- The front bumper is newly designed with double rectifier fins and Hyper Daylight with a large-diameter reflecting surface and high intensity white-color LED lights. The design increases front downforce by about 10%, while also reducing air resistance inside the engine compartment. The volume of air that passes through the radiator and cools down the front brakes is also increased.
- Additional plated parts are used for headlight inner panels, enhancing the car's strong presence.
- The redesigned rear bumper features a lower center of gravity than the previous design, created by a sculptured lower portion and extended length. Underfloor cooling performance is enhanced with air resistance reduced by extending a rear diffuser.

- Cooling performance for the muffler is improved and rear downforce is increased by about 10% through use of a new rear bumper air outlet, which helps remove air in the rear wheelhouses.
- A newly designed tailpipe finisher with enlarged diameter is adopted. Rear high-intensity LED fog lamps are provided as standard equipment to help improve visibility from vehicles behind in rainy or snowy conditions.
- Six exterior colors are available, including two new colors: Meteo Flake Black Pearl (2P) and Aurora Flare Blue Pearl (2P). (Both are special colors.)

- A newly shaped instrument panel pad and navigation system display finisher are adopted, with stitch lines changed to express an enhanced quality feel.
- Real carbon center cluster finisher is used, along with matte black finished switches.
- The 2012 Nissan GT-R facelift emblem at the center of the steering wheel has a new velour-like coating, expressing a glossy texture. For the paddle shift, a coating exposing the magnesium base material is applied.
- Chrome-plated rings in the console and air-conditioner outlets are finished with a new black smoky coating, expressing greater sportiness.

- Seats for Pure edition and Premium edition provide an improved level of comfort and safety while cornering. In addition, fatigue levels are reduced for the thighs and lower back by changing the shape, extending the length of seating surface and refurbishing the cushion stroke. A new seatback design seatback is adopted to improve fit.
- The Black edition has leather-appointed bucket seats using a Recaro design based on the structure of Pure edition and Premium edition seats.

Modifications applicable only to the SpecV are as follows:
- Engine modifications are the same as the base model with improved maximum power output and torque, as well as enhanced fuel economy, except maximum torque is improved to 612Nm(62.5kgfm)/ 3,200~6,000rpm (632Nm(64.5kgfm)/ 3,600~5,600rpm). (Figures in parenthesis are when high geared boost is used.)
- To improve abrasion resistance and stability in racing circuit driving, rear brake pad material is changed and VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control) balance under braking is modified.
- Dunlop SP SPORT MAXX GT 600 DSST CTT tire is adopted as a standard feature.
- Special Rays lightweight aluminum forging wheels for the SpecV are adopted from the previous model with the color changed to Metallic Black.

Club Track edition
The Club Track edition, developed exclusively for racing circuit use, allows drivers to experience the full performance potential of the 2012 Nissan GT-R facelift. Special parts for racing circuit driving are installed by the Authorised Servicefactory Association, which is also in charge of the distribution. A wide range of events and activities for Club Track edition owners will be held as well, including one-on-one competition training sessions given by professional drivers and special races organized mainly by the 2012 Nissan GT-R facelift Authorised Servicefactory Association.

For inquiries about distribution and events for Club Track edition:
2012 Nissan GT-R facelift Authorised Servicefactory
NISMO Omori Factory: 2-10-6 Minami-Oi, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
TEL: 03-3763-3120
Nova Engineering: 220-1 Omika, Oyama-cho, Sunto-Gun, Shizuoka
TEL: 0550-78-0329
NordRing: 2723-8 Miyadera, Iruma-shi, Saitama
TEL: 04-2935-2135

EGOIST is the first and only 2012 Nissan GT-R facelift in the world exclusively created by Takumi, or "master with greatest skills." Each customer can choose a combination of interior colors among 20 choices. In addition, the Bose® sound system is exclusively tuned according to the driving position of each driver to meet every customer's needs. This is the ultimate expression of the 2012 Nissan GT-R facelift.

Customers can choose a combination of interior colors among 20 choices, four upper area interior colors and 10 lower area interior colors. Interior parts are sent to Seton Company, Inc. Muelheim an der Ruhr in Germany and leather master craftsmen sew and stick carefully selected leather by hand.

Seats are an exclusive quilted design with single and double stitching combined in a reticular pattern. Enhanced body grip performance (suitable for racing circuit driving), smoothness and fit are all provided.

Wajima Lacquer (Maki-e) Emblem
Wajima Maki-e with deep coloring and glaze created by Mr. Sakae Kubota, an accredited traditional craftsman for Japanese lacquer, is used for the 2012 Nissan GT-R facelift emblem at the center of the steering wheel. The beautiful coloring of Maki-e changes as time goes by.

Bose® Precision Sound System
Specially developed carbon composite-based woofers, which can cancel vibrations through their high rigidity and damping, are installed. In addition, sound quality is adjusted by Bose®exclusively for each owner, depending on individual driving position.

Carbon Rear Spoiler
EGOIST adopts a dry carbon rear spoiler (also used in the SpecV). Providing stable aerodynamic performance, even when driving at more than 300km/h, the rear spoiler gives an intense look in the rear with its black carbon color.

RAYS Forged Aluminum-Alloy Wheels
Lightweight and highly rigid forged aluminum-alloy wheels, also used in the SpecV, reduce unsprung weight and help provide a supple ride feel. Newly developed five-layer Blue Sword Chrome Color Coating is adopted.

Titanium Exhaust System
EGOIST uses a Titanium exhaust system, also used in the SpecV, providing agile accelerator response and a clear, exhilarating exhaust sound.

Drivetrain Engine Grade Transmission Price (yen)
4WD VR38DETT GT-R Pure edition GR6-type dual clutch transmission 8,694,000
GT-R Black edition 9,303,000
GT-R Premium edition 9,450,000
GT-R Spec V 15,750,000
GT-R EGOIST 15,000,300

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