Saab has been a big supporter of E85 vehicles in recent years and will be taking the next step to E100 in its new Biopower 100 Concept destined for the Geneva Motor Show. The concept showcases the first production-based engine to be optimized for pure bioethanol (E100) fuel.
The optimized 2.0L engine from the 9-5 develops 300hp of power thanks to the high octane of E100 fuel. That exceptionally high specific power output of 150hp/L demonstrates scope for future ‘rightsizing’, using smaller, high output engines that also deliver energy savings. The engine also develops 295lb. ft. of torque, which helps to propel it from zero to 62 mph acceleration in just 6.6 seconds and 50 – 75 mph (fifth gear) in only 8.2 seconds. The use of Ethanol and Ethanol blend fuel is still being debated in many countries, but it’s good to know we’ll still be able to get high-performance engines either way. We just wish Saab would repackage the concept in a nicer exterior, like the stunning Aero-X concept.