Before a more complete feedback at midday on the opening of the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, I wanted to share my enthusiasm and let you discover the first obvious sign of Spyker’s management at Saab with a concept as beautiful as unexpected, the PhoeniX.
We owe this concept to Jason Castriota, Saab’s new designer, who has already designed some of the most attractive actual cars the Maserati GranTurismo and the Ferrari 599GTB...
Phoenix signs clearly signs the return of Saab on the level of style but also with an aggressive marketing and the desire to go hunting on the lands of the finest coupés of the moment, taking advantage of Spyker’s expertise and Saab history.
On the mechanical side, thanks to this concept, Saab formalizes its new drive system eXWD: a 1.6 liter four cylinder turbo developing 200hp (from the Mini) is in charge of the front wheels with 249Nm of torque plus an overboost that provides an extra 20Nm. The front engine is assisted by a 34hp electric motor that propels the rear wheels powered by a 1.1 kWh Lithium Ion battery.
Now under development for the next generation of Saab cars, this hybrid propulsion system enables the benefits of all-wheel-drive while also reducing fuel consumption. Using a six-speed manual transmission, projected combined cycle fuel economy and CO2 emissions are just 5.0 l/100 km and 119 g/km.
The driver can select one of three eXWD operating modes. The default Eco mode delivers optimal fuel and CO2 efficiency with power assistance to reduce load on the gasoline engine at low speeds; Sport mode includes maximum power assistance with torque vectoring across the rear axle for greater chassis control; and Traction mode enables optimal grip at take-off and in slippery conditions.
With a maximum power of 234hp and instant torque, the PhoeniX is projected to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.9 seconds.