Last December, Spyker CEO Victor Muller spoke about his affection for the Saab Aero X concept, a futuristic yet definitively Saab design with a 400-horsepower, ethanol-drinking heart and all-wheel drive. Now, rumors on the Internet hint that a Spyker C8 Aileron-based Aero X may see limited production.
Victor Muller said the Aero X “deserves to be built,” because of its purity of design. If rumors circulating the Web today prove true, Muller and the new Saab-Spyker Automobiles may already be planning a version of the car based on Spyker’s existing C8 Aileron, according to AOL News.
The Saab Aero X Concept, shown originally at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show, is powered by a 400-horsepower ethanol-burning twin-turbo V-6 mill, with all-wheel drive laying the power to the ground. Unlike the 400-horsepower, mid-engine C8 Aileron, however, the Aero X’s design is clearly a front-engine layout (see photos from the gallery below.)
Here’s the turnaround plan’s outline for future products:
- This coming spring, Saab would roll out the re-designed 9-5 sedan;
- The 9-4X crossover, a vehicle that shares mechanicals with the Cadillac SRX, would be introduced late next year or early in 2011;
- A redesigned 9-3 would enter dealer showrooms in 2012.
Might Muller see an Aero X supercar as a halo draw for the new brand to help drive sales? Only time will tell, but in the mean time, you be the judge: is a C8 Aileron-based Saab Aero X a good idea?