Saab BioPower – The Complete Range

Posted on 03. Jul, 2007 by in 2000-2009, 9-3 SS, 9-5


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I recently picked up a wonderful informational booklet while attending Kjell ac Bergström’s seminar on BioPower, the chief of the Saab BioPower program at the 60th Anniversary Saab Festival in Sweden. I am compelled to share that material with you here on the site as another good pitch for Saab Automobile’s progressive E85/E100 Ethanol campaign. Saab BioPower. Enjoy.


Introducing the full Saab BioPower range.
Three new Saab 9-3 BioPower models join our successful Saab 9-5 BioPower. So now you can choose an alternative energy source in our full range of cars. Saab BioPower is a bright innovation for a better future. Fill up with renewable bioethanol and you’ll get even more power. At the same time you’ll help substantially reduce fossil CO2 emissions. Saab BioPower is a flexfuel solution – if bioethanol is not available, you can simply full up with gasoline, or any mix of the two.

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A Saab BioPower model is a rolling statement for a more sustainable future. Governments also have an awakening interest in supporting environmentally friendlier vehicles. Within Europe, Sweden is playing a leading role with incentives such as reduced car taxation. Many cities in Sweden also offer free parking and exemption from congestion charges for these vehicles. Now, several countries are following this example.
A Saab BioPower car is as easy to drive and own as a gasoline or diesel car. At the filling station you just choose the E85 pump. The E85 fuel is a mixture of 85 percent bioethanol and 15 percent of gasoline. Saab BioPower technology is affordable and well proven. It does not steal space or add significant weight to the car and you get a fairly good driving range on each tankfull. Choose a Saab BioPower model and you can drive the development today.

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Bioethanol is a renewal energy source. It can help us reduce fossil carbon dioxide emissions and save oil resources. Bioethanol can be produced from a wide variety of biomass sources such as forest residue, sugar cane and sugar beet. When used as a fuel in vehicles, bioethanol is usually mixed with 15 percent gasoline to improve cold-start ability. The potent result is a high-octange fuel known as E85. Driving a car with E85 instead of regular gasoline can reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissionas by as much as 85 percent.
Bioethanol has many more advantages. It is distributed in the same way as gasoline, so it doesn’t require big investments in infrastructure. The fuelling network can be expanded rapidly. Bioethanol can be produced locally and make us less dependant on oil.
If you want more sustainable development, Saab BioPower is the solution.

Saab 9-3 BioPower


The Saab 9-3 Convertible, Sport Sedan and SportCombi – three quite different cars with a common spirit. Whichever is your favorite, you can enjoy it with the new inspiring 1.8t BioPower engine. Fuel it with bioethanol (E85) and maximum power output rises from 150 to 175bhp. Torque is increased from 240 to 265 Nm. So while you do nature a favour, count on even faster response for more fun and quicker overtaking.

The sheer pleasure of driving with a cleaner conscience.
In a Saab BioPower model, you’ll enjoy impressive performance. Especially when running on E85 instead of regular gasoline. Engine output rises and torque is increased. Resulting in faster acceleration for even quicker overtaking and even more fun behind the wheel. So fuel up with E85 whenever possible.

Saab 9-5 BioPower

The Saab 9-5 offers a truly responsible driving experience. With the 2.0t BioPower engine, you can enjoy even more performance. Drive it on bioethanol and output rises from 150 to 180bhp. Or if you want even more performance, choose the Saab 9-5 2.3t BioPower. Fill it up with bioethanol (E85) and output grows from 185 to 210bhp. So do nature a favor and you’ll enjoy faster acceleration, better respone and even more driving excitement.

Innovated with a future vision

The Saab BioPower concept is designed around our innovative turbo technology and Saab Trionic engine management. These are used to take advantage of higher octane rating in bioethanol-based E85 fuel, making the engine more efficient and powerful. The full future potential of BioPower is exciting. Just look at our concept cars, equipped with ongoing developments on Saab BioPower engine technology.

Here are the approaches to utilizing even higher octane of pure bioethanol (E 100), enabling them to provide extreem performance and zero fossil carbon dioxide emissions.

The Saab BioPower 100 Concept has a 2.0-liter engine that is fully optimized for pure bioethanol (E100), resulting in a doubled output from 150bhp when running on gasoline to 300 bhp when running on bioethanol (E100)

The Saab BioPower Hybrid Convertible Concept recycles energy to provide exhilarating perforamnce, while at the same time substantially reducing consumption. The 260 bhp 2.0 Turbo engine runs on pure bioethanol (E100), making it the first hybrid vehicle with zero fossil CO2 emissions.

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2 Responses to “Saab BioPower – The Complete Range”

  1. Anderson

    04. Jul, 2007

    Great information. Thanks

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  2. Michelle Crimson

    21. Jul, 2007

    The picture shown above is a 9-3 sportcombi. GM has it labeled as a 9-5 on its media site. None of the pictures show a 9-5 even though every article and caption attached say based from its Saab 95 parts – . We’ll look into it to see if it is either going to be a 9-3 or a 9-5 that they haven’t shown a picture of.

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