Monday, July 23, 2007

SAAB Perfection 9-3, And with Ethanol too!

Although our mission here at Food and Fuel is not to sell autos, it's hard not to pass along some really cool vehicles now and then that are FFV - Flexible Fuel Vehicles. FFVs can run on BOTH regular gasoline fuel, including E10, 10% ethanol, as well as E85, a blend of 85% ethanol. And best of all, they are flexible and can run on any blend with 0 to 85% ethanol.

In this recent review by the Pioneer Press Auto editor on the new 2008 SAAB 9-3, the reviewer wrote many glowing features for the car. But we found the following comments interesting, and just a bit entertaining. Seems that the auto reviewers are just waking up to the power and potential of ethanol and flexible fuel vehicles!
"The 2.0T BioPower is a flex-fuel engine that accepts E85 fuel. The 2.0-liter inline-four cylinder turbocharged 16-valve engine produces 175 horsepower on regular gas and accelerates from 0-60 mph in 8.5 seconds. Somehow the Saab engineers managed to get 14 percent more power using ethanol (E85 fuel), 200 horsepower and almost an entire second faster in 0-60 mph acceleration (7.9 seconds). Now there's an incentive to use ethanol!"
Source: Chicago Sun Times (Pioneer Press Auto).

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