You think I’m jealous or hurt thinking: “Oh no, here you better look at me, I’m not worse! And why I introduced them at all? “Not at all. At this time I stood and smiled condescendingly. To be honest, I did not care. He was, however, too.
An acquaintance of mine – a Swede. His name is Saab, is if a friend. And on the passport he Saab 9-3 Aero Convertible. Not blond or brown hair, and blue convertible! How it was with me? After gigs on our roads is extremely small, and it is clear why. Enough time to time to listen to the disappointing weather forecasts and summary of environmental monitoring.
Saab, by the way, recently noted just two anniversaries: 60 years of manufacturing and 20 years of convertibles.
Frankly, my childhood was happy, though, but it’s hard, so I rode on gigs only in dreams. And miraculously materialized dreams, and for us to DRIVE-test got a rare bird in these parts. Rare it is not because the Saab. And not even because the convertible. The fact is that in our hands was Aero-convertible in the Jubilee modifications, it will agree, means something. To be more precise – the car color of the sky and in the complete set.
infrequently. While in other countries 9.3 convertible is very popular.Our convertible, in actual fact, is not a native of Sweden, and in Austria, where it is produced at the factory Steyr-Daimler-Puch. Built Saab 9-3, however, as its closed version, the platform Epsilon, which he shares with his brothers type of GM Opel Vectra and Cadillac BLS. But most of the elements changed and tuned specifically for Saab. For example, has a slightly different rear suspension – it has replaced some rubber mount ball bearings to provide a more precise rudder. In general, the eternal globalization almost no impact on his personality.
Aero tiny label means that this machine is better not to compete.
As for the exterior, all the people I talked to, called it a very expressive. And I think that the design turned twofold. Muzzle Swede is optimistic and expresses utter contentment with life. But the back of the … No, God forbid call it ugly. But compared to the front fascia has happened to some of her metamorphosis. Contentment life evolved on the stern of our friend in a brazen self-confidence. But, perhaps, everything is by design. Still, after the dynamic characteristics of the vehicle is such that the front of his neighbors in the flow can contemplate only in the rearview mirror, and the rest of the time they will have to watch this very impudent ass, which will see the most keen label Aero.
no worse than tough. Is not that a little louder.But the “trick” of the machine, not only in the dynamics. The roof of a miracle as well! Real engineering masterpiece. The process of turning the most beautiful convertible in equally beautiful coupe is completely automated – you push the button on the front panel, and does not let go until the conditioned signal. For everything – 20 seconds. But it seems to me that these seconds – more than one thousand hours of work on the design and fine-tuning of the design. Swedish engineers efforts were not in vain, for now, the owner of the car can turn a coupe to convertible (and vice versa), waiting for the green light. Or do not wait – “transform” the car can not only standing, but at up to 30 kilometers per hour. The process itself has on others downright destructive impact.
In our standard stopwatch to unfold roof car performed a second faster than specified in the instructions – for 19 seconds. Measured at an ambient temperature of 23 ° C, humidity 75%, pressure 748 mm Hg and altitude – 156 meters
True, the trunk was purely symbolic. If the roof is raised, then stick to it anything is still possible, and if not – there is only room for a couple of small bags. However, the gigs so accepted.
Amount of luggage – a known quantity, but still variable, and can take two values. In that case, when the roof is raised, it is equal to 352 liters when folded – 235.
By the way, about the characteristics. If you open the hood, you’ll see there … beautiful cover. And under the hood – turbocharged “heart” of the six ventricles. Posh manual proudly tell you that this unit gives 250 thoroughbred horses and a maximum torque of 350 Nm. When a six-speed automatic transmission, it is transferred to the 17-inch wheels, a bit of a storm begins.
Turbocharged V-shaped “six” has practically no unpleasant effect turboyamy through turbine twin-scroll. Throttle is electronically controlled motor response adapts to different driving conditions. For example, in the parking lot when the “self-seeking” out of place, the engine under the supervision of intelligent electronics sharp pedal responds smoothly and without jerks. But when overtaking – with powerful pickup – the reaction time to press the accelerator significantly reduced.
“Hundreds» Saab «shoots” in 8.1 seconds. Not a hurricane, of course, but the wig if you wear it, it is better to remove the advance. Delay when switching? They were almost there. While down-box to tuck the motor spins up and manages nalitsya juice. By the way, the intensive dispersal plays a significant role electronically controlled throttle. When it upshifts not completely closed, allowing a turbine at a constant tone and allows the “failure” of the engine speed below critical to eliminate the effect turboyamy. Engine is very responsive, just clever.
but the desire to drive a 9-3 Convertible anyway.So where to put a wig? Of course, in the glove compartment! The fact that it is really huge. Some people in my life not to make so much good, how many fit into this, I may say, the glove box. But not only their “luggage compartment” remarkable saabovsky salon.
Multimedia system can play DVD, has a touch screen and is equipped with Bluetooth-module, so that we can connect the phone and talk using the built-in microphone and speaker.
Communicating with this machine, you know the difference between a merely good and the car is really cool. At first you do not strain. Everything works as it should and it is taken for granted. But Saab is not. Each bulb, each ruchechka, every inch of this gig fun. On the car a pleasure to watch, it (do not think anything bad) nice touch. About how great a variety of buttons to press, I’m not talking …
Deployed to the driver console, mesh vents, ignition on the tunnel – one hundred percent saabovsky interior.
A chair! They are so delicious that I would be ready to hold them for life. And believe me, it will be a smart choice. I do not need mountain scenery, paragliding and beauty of the underwater world! And chair nemilo me more. Full of happiness I have enough of this seat with a bunch elektroregulirovok and delicately heated, preferably with other cars in the bargain. A steering wheel? Yes, probably, that I held in his hands at birth, and I do not need to say that this is impossible. A touch screen! I have presented this to your child, because it can not find an amusing toy. True, the graphics on it, I would have replaced with something more beautiful and modern. And “virtual” buttons would not be as small. But the “music” is very clean, powerful and juicy. In very kabrioletnomu.
Back sofa, under the laws of the genre, double. No getting around it – the thick sides of the bus are placed additional power components and part folding roof mechanism.
You can push a lot of theories of the origin of the positive emotions, but personally I tend to explain the phenomenon of engineering culture Swedish developers. Well thought-out ergonomics can now be found on many cars, but buy a Saab, the owner gets more than that. He really gets a continuation of myself.
excellent acceleration, and no matter what the rate.This car is not only accelerated, but still going. You ask me about the suspension? It is not hard, but also soft car also will not name. The balance of handling and comfort here, perhaps, is close to ideal. On any road speed and not feeling secure. Micro-lined coating feels great. Despite the fact that korotkohodnaya suspension and low-profile tires noticeably pushed and well kept body in turns, to the sporty style of riding they do not adjust. Prohvatit straight – no question, but take turns in attack mode is not desirable. The car, of course, make it perfect, but “pustovat” wheel, not pampering the driver specific information on the road, does not cause the desire to actively and intently they work.
Even at a speed of 100 km / h in the cabin does not begin tornado. In cool weather helps a stove.
By the way, the rear seats in the Saab 9-3 Convertible pair of long-legged beauties will sit just so. Wind in the cabin, by the way, is not it a little like a Peugeot 307 CC, and not so much as a Mazda MX-5, but only as much as needed. And comfortable, and the “feeling cabriolet” is lost. And in cold weather rescue stove. It heats so well, I think she was quite capable to heat the whole house. But it works only on a small salon 9-3. And indeed the roof, it’s not the latest fashion – Cloth – yet surprisingly practical. The main differences from the rigid folding systems, which are gaining more and more popularity, I saw only two – it is easier and rattles when driving. Although it is a bit noisy. But, alas, it may mean people are cut. During the test, I ran into another Saab 9-3 Convertible – just riddled with such a roof. Needless to say, our country is a powerful argument in favor of the convertible hard top.
On it troubles do not end there. Russian towns, not to mention Moscow, can not boast a favorable environment and clean streets. It would seem, what have our convertible? But with it. At first, it is certainly not obvious, but after a few hours away, sadly notice that the interior cool dusty. So if you’re not messy and you’re going to go with the folded roof is pre ask about discounts for regular customers to the nearest car wash. But really, Saab in all of this is not to blame. The only thing that can put him in the wine, so it is good appetite. In the Swedish city mode consumes less than 18 liters of selected 98th (well at least not air!) Of gasoline per hundred kilometers. But, given how people enjoy this car, really want to close our eyes to this fact.
Skill is not for sale – decided Swedes and continue to make great cars. At the very least, 9-3 Convertible they definitely succeeded. As for the reliability issues for which saabovtsev is so often criticized, it is hoped that with this machine the situation better. I can not imagine the owner of the car, every day driving to work on it. Rather, all the charm of daily use will bypass this gig party. In addition, over time, DRIVE-test, we determined it is not broke. Meanwhile, Saab is not broken, it is beautiful.
Fuselage, the body has demanded additional force elements. They secured a five-star safety rating gig EuroNCAP (33 of 37 points). Tests showed that the windshield frame begins to deform under load of two full weight of the car.
For the rear seat headrests hidden arc system DynaCage. From bumps and rollover risk, arcs, originally covered with elegant caps, “shoot” up in just 0.165 seconds.
ReAxe structurally independent repeats back vektrovskuyu suspension. But due to some revised kinematics has thruster effect, which reduces understeer. Some rubber mount
for the sake of accuracy have been replaced with ball bearings.
Preimage 900 Convertible shown at the autumn Frankfurt Motor Show in 1983. The series went only Kubrick in 1986.
Eco Saab E-100 Hybrid, which may also be sold, supplied with pure alcohol. And the engine has a higher compared to the petrol version level of elasticity. Acceleration to “hundreds” in just 6.9 seconds, which is slightly better than a similar gasoline version. And at Accelerating the rear axle is spinning motor.
When negotiates a test gig, with special interest and excitement begin to watch the weather forecast. This time, nature decided to play a trick on us – the day before the test on the street was hot at 30 degrees, but as soon as the day of the “D”, clouds gathered, and the temperature gauge dropped to a mark of 15. Oops! But we still have the element of regret, and the sun appeared again.
By the way, Saab 9-3 not only take pictures of myself, but also acted as fotokara Anton asked him to take pictures in Smart move. I must say that for a photographer to come up with anything better gig is simply impossible! You sit back, “fire” pie – beauty! So photos Smart went bad.