Date: Sat, 5 Aug 2006 19:04:47 +0100
From: "DervMan" <>
Subject: Re: 9000 CS vs. Aero...what's the difference?

"Johannes" <> wrote in message > > > Kevin Rhodes wrote: >> >> In article <>, >> "Nasty Bob" <> wrote: >> > >> >The Saab 9000 was available in 5 basic flavours - >> >2.0 litre low pressure turbo (LPT) >> >2.3 litre LPT >> >2.0 litre Full pressure trubo (FPT) >> >2.3 litre FPT >> >2.3 litre FPT Aero (Hot) >> > >> >If you like fast cars, hold out for a 2.3 FPT or Aero. >> >If you like to cover a lot of miles in comfort go for the LPT's. The >> >LPT's or "eco-power" models have turbos, but use them mainly to help >> >efficiency so they get slightly better mpg. >> > >> >I used to have the 2.0 CS LPT. Recently got an Aero & the difference is >> >incredible. The LPT covered 0-60 in around 10 secs, my Aero does it in >> >just over 6.0 so I find it a lot more fun to drive :) IMHO >> > >> >> The OP didn't say where he is, but in the States all 2.0l turbo 9000s >> have >> 160hp, BUT, there is no such animal here as a 2.0l CS/CSE turbo or not. >> They >> are all 2.3s with 170hp, 200hp or 225hp for the turbos. I thik the >> non-turbos >> had 130 then maybe upped to 150 for the late ones. No torque though! >> >> But there is more than just the engine that is different between an Aero >> and >> an lpt car. The Aero has big-bolstered sport seats front and rear and a >> much >> stiffer suspension with larger wheels and tires. Also has a different >> body kit >> with a bigger front air dam, side skirts and a trunk lid spoiler. More >> interior luxury toys as well, though I think you could get all that stuff >> as >> an option on the base cars too. > > Yes the standard 15" wheels for the LPT look a bit small these days; it's > the > sort of wheels they now fit on many superminis. I was lucky to swap these > for > a set of genuine Aero 16" wheels on special end-of-line offer from > dealers. > Both handling and ride (and looks) improved somewhat. These 4-bolt wheels > doesn't fit newer saab models. However, the 'modification' cost me 50 > annually in increased insurance premium :-( On the other hand, a large car with modern-sized alloys and standard specification, diddy brakes looks silly. So too do Clios and suchlike with 240mm brakes and 16" (standard Renault) alloys. In some respects my 9-3's 15" rims do look a little small... but it's a lovely colour! :) -- The DervMan

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