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The Saab 9-5 BioPower™
is a flex-fuel car whose fossil CO2 emission level can be
reduced by as much as 70 per cent compared to a standard petrol-engined
car. Saab BioPower technology means that the 9-5 model is capable of
running on either a high-blend mixture of eco-friendly renewable energy
source bioethanol and petrol (E85), or on pure petrol, without any
adjustment required by the driver.
First UK deliveries
were in January 2006. The BioPower engine is now available in all 9-5
2.0t model ‘forms’ and 2.3t.
As its name suggests,
the Saab 9-5 BioPower not only offers purer power, but more of it.
Because Saab’s turbocharging technology and engine management systems
make it possible to take advantage of bioethanol’s higher octane rating,
an impressive 20 per cent gain in brake horse power and 16 per cent
growth in torque can be enjoyed when the car runs on E85 compared to
when running on regular petrol.
Renewable and Sustainable
Bioethanol is produced
from a wide variety of biomass, including forest residue, sugar cane and
sugar beet, making it a totally renewable and sustainable fuel source.
When mixed in high volumes with low volumes of petrol, a potent yet
environmentally-friendly fuel, known as E85, is created. Unlike petrol
and diesel, the consumption of E85 does not significantly raise
atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide (CO2), which is the
greenhouse gas that, according to some scientific research, contributes
to global warming. This is because the emissions that are released from
the combustion of bioethanol whilst driving are cancelled out by the
amount of CO2 that is removed from the atmosphere, through
the natural photosynthesis process, when the crops for conversion to
bioethanol are grown.
A True Flex-Fuel Car
The beauty of the Saab
BioPower is that it can run on E85 or petrol in any proportions, without
any adjustment needed by the driver. "Our engine management system
automatically adjusts for the blend of fuel so, if there is no
bioethanol available, the customer can simply run on petrol at any
time," says Kjell ac Bergström, President and CEO of Saab Automobile
with Sporty Performance
Because E85 has a much
higher octane rating (104 RON) than petrol, this allows the timing of
the engine’s ignition to be advanced, producing more power without risk
of harmful ‘knocking’.
As a result, when running on E85, the Saab 9-5 2.0t
BioPower engine delivers 180 bhp and 280 Nm of torque, compared to 150
bhp and 240 Nm when using regular petrol, which is a significant 20 per
cent increase in maximum power and 16 per cent more torque. This gives
even sportier performance. For the 9-5 BioPower Saloon, for example, the
zero to 62 mph dash can be accomplished in 8.5 seconds, compared to 9.8
seconds when running only on petrol.
A Swedish Success
The premium Swedish
marque launched Saab BioPower in its domestic market in July 2005 to
spectacular success. Since its launch, the BioPower derivative has
accounted for around 80 per cent of Saab 9-5 sales, despite the fact
that, currently, it is only available in manual transmission with one
engine – the 2.0-litre light-pressure turbo. In fact, the Saab 9-5
BioPower is currently Sweden’s best-selling vehicle, outselling
sales of all of its environmentally-friendly competitor combined!
CO2 emissions: 204g/km
MPG Combined: 32.8
Engine: 1985cc Bio Fuel
Transmission : 5 Speed Manual/Auto
BHP/Torque: 150/240 NM
Kerb Weight: 1500 kg
Top Speed: 134 MPH
0-62 MPH: 9 secs
Insurance Group: 14
Warranty: 3 years/60,000miles
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Reviewed by Brian Lewis from NR26 on 31st
Saab 95 Biofuel: Do not buy this car!! I
bought it new and right from the start my road tax was heavy, it's now
£435. This reflects the fact that when running on petrol it is one of
the most polluting cars on the road and now I can't trade it in or sell
as E85 is no longer available. A kick in the face for trying to do my
bit to save the planet! I Believe I can no longer drive into London low
Reviewed by Duncan from Cambridge on 24th
I run my own organic food business so it
is very important for me to drive a car that is as environmentally
friendly as possible whilst being large enough to lug big loads around,
which unfortunately rules out most of the greenest cars available. The
Saab 9-5 delivers on both counts.
Bio-ethanol is a very significant fuel as it will fit into existing
infrastructure and more importantly appeal to motorists used to driving
on unleaded. The Saab 9-5 Biopower is no different than the petrol
powered models and will even run on unleaded when E85 is not available.
The estate version is very practical. On several occasions I have
delivered up to thirty boxes of organic fruit and vegetables in it.
Driving the Saab is a real pleasure. It is smooth, quiet and very
comfortable. Saab often refer to their aeronautical pedigree, but this
car is definitely more first class lounge on an airline than jet
fighter. A hard day's work finishes the moment you get into the car
rather than when you arrive home.