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Saab 9-3 2.0T Convertible Special Edition

2009 Saab 9-3 2.0T Convertible Special Edition - 210 hp & 221 lb-ft
GM Media Release

1983 Saab 900 Turbo Convertible ConceptThe first ever Saab Convertible made its world debut at the Frankfurt auto show in the fall of 1983. Now, 25 years later, a Special Edition makes its American debut at the Los Angeles International auto show which opens to the public on November 22. This new version of the Saab 9-3 Convertible will be showcased in a unique bright champagne metallic colour.

Saab surprised the automotive world when it pioneered the concept of a 'four season, four-seat' soft top Convertible. Designed to be practical and stylish, the Scandinavian-styled convertible changed the perception of open top vehicles to be used all the year round.

"Saab has sold more than a quarter of a million convertibles worldwide and this latest edition highlights the timeless design and responsible performance that Saab convertibles have always represented," said Steve Shannon, executive director, marketing and product, Saab Automobile USA.

The special edition Saab Convertible will be available in three metallic colours to include Jet Black, Carbon Grey and the new Bright Champagne. It will feature Saab's signature 2.0-litre, 210 hp four cylinder engine and can be matched to six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmissions.

2009 Saab 9-3 2.0T Convertible Special EditionSpecial content includes influences from the Turbo X performance model, such as the design of the front bumper and steering wheel plus carbon fibre interior finishes and black floor mats with grey binding. Like the Aero version, the rear shows dual exhaust pipes and an anthracite grey bumper insert. Five-spoke, 17-inch alloy wheels will be standard.

Expected to arrive in dealer showrooms in January 2009, the Saab 9-3 2.0T Special Edition Convertible will be priced starting at USD$46,725 including destination charges.

2009 Saab 9-3 2.0T Convertible Special Edition
1983 Saab 900 Turbo Convertible Concept

Technical Specifications
Engine: 2.0 litre four-cylinder
Aspiration: Turbocharged
Maximum Power: 210 hp (157 kW) @ 5500 rpm
Maximum Torque: 221 lb-ft (299 Nm) @ 2500 rpm
Transmission: Six-speed manual or five-speed automatic
Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive

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