February 28, 2006
Saab unveils Aero X Concept at Geneva Auto Show
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Geneva, Switzerland – Saab has unveiled its Aero X Concept at the Geneva Auto Show, featuring an innovative canopy opening, “green power” from its 400 hp twin-turbo ethanol-powered engine, all-wheel drive, and carbon fibre bodywork. The Aero X will make its North American debut at the New York auto show in April.
The two-seater vehicle, drawing on Saab’s heritage as an aircraft manufacturer, uses a cockpit canopy for full 180 degree vision. The dash contains no conventional dials or buttons, but uses techniques derived from Swedish glass and precision instrument making, displaying data on glass-like acrylic “clear zones” in graphic 3D images. All exterior and interior lighting is LED. Thanks to its lightweight carbon fibre bodywork, electronically-controlled suspension and all-wheel drive, the Aero X achieves anticipated acceleration of zero to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds in computer simulations, with a limited top speed of 250 km/h.