Date: Tue, 27 Jul 1999 15:09:34 -0600
From: "Josh Orfanakis" <>
Subject: How to drive a Saab Turbo (properly)?

I don't have much experience with Turbocharged engines. From my reading and observation I have gathered that the turbo is disengaged at some point as the revs increase. So what is the quickest way to accelerate? Should I rev until the point where the turbo boost goes down and then shift, or should I continue to rev past that. The boost meter usually drops at around 4000 RPM, so you have 2 more to go until redline. From a standpoint of feel I feel like i am being pushed back into the seat by keeping the revs in the boosting range, but is that the fastest? Then since this is a torquey front wheel drive car how is cornering different than a rear wheel drive car? I would guess that front wheel drive would understeer more so the apex of a corner would actually be a little sooner than where it physically is, since you can expect the car to push some, you can slide around the corner. Again this is just my guess. I wish I could go to that driving school they send you to if you buy a Viggen! Or at least get the information they teach you. TIA for any resources or info or advice. I do realize this only matters when you are aggresivley driving this car, but it is such a nice car I think it deserves to be DRIVEN occaisionally, in safe places. JO

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