So I have had my vert a whole week and I am loving it. Had a Mazda RX8 beforehand- so thought I would post a quick review of the second saab I have owned (the first being a 02 vert airflow 2.0t lpt).
The 2.8V6 turbo is a great engine. It has lots of torque very low down the rev range. Has a really muffled V6 roar under moderate to hard acceleration- love it. It is more characterful than the banzai rotary unit in the rx8, which really needed to be thrashed to make good progress. Married with the 6 speed auto box, the Saab makes for effortless cruising- but when you kick down.... it really goes!!! My 6 year old swears it feels faster than the old rx8. Will be adding a maptun panel air filter from Neo Brothers at the weekend - so will see if this adds anything in terms of noise and performance.
The 6 speed autobox with the optional paddle shifters isn't the smoothest or most refined automatic out there and I find it slightly aggressive in nature- holding onto the gears a tad longer than expected... which I like. The paddle shifters are not Ferarri quick that's for sure, with the changes being super lazy at best. But they are fun to use when the mood takes you.
Love it- the aero sits low to the ground- 17 inch wheel and twin exhausts setting it off nicely...always liked this shape.
Saab seats are the best and I love the aerospace inspired dash. My stereo is the prestige 300 and it rocks........it is miles better than the bose system in the RX8 which just didn't seem to sound right and lacked bass.
So far I am very pleased with the Saab. I was really keen on tracking down a 2.8V6 Turbo which can be rare in the UK, and I was lucky when two verts came up for sale within 10 miles of me. Its a very comfortable cruiser that just wants to be driven and driven. As previously mentioned, a maptun panel air filter is going in at the weekend and I will be changing the sidelight bulbs to whiter ones to compliment the xenons. That will be it in terms of mods. Looking forward to enjoying the Aero this year, hopefully getting the roof down if it ever stops raining!!!!