Monday Night Snippets – winter hotness edition

The 2nd European Saab meeting in Huy, Belgium, turned out to be an outstanding success.

There were 263 Saabs parked in the city center in Huy on Sunday.

That’s a fantastic turnout and I’m sure a wonderful celebration of Saab ownership. We’ve had a few photos and stories come through already, but I’m sure there will be a lot more over at Saabhuy in the next few days.

Congratulations to Etienne for the hard work and to everyone who travelled to be there.

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Here’s a challenge for Saab’s future 9-3 successor.

The current 9-3 base model retails at around $40,000 (if you can find one, or someone to sell you one – they’re still getting started downunder).

Renault has just released a hot looking three door hatchback – the Megane RS250 Cup – with a 2-litre turbo, true race-bred suspension and brakes. The engine produces 250hp and 340Nm, and accelerates to 100kph in 6.1 seconds.

The car sells for $42,000.

It doesn’t look as useful as a Saab when it comes to practicality and I’m not totally convinced on what the build quality will be like, but it sure looks like fun.

The challenge is out there. Strip one down, power it up, and give us a little fun with this new baby.

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Speaking of speed machines, here’s a world record run by a ride-on lawnmower over at Jalopnik.

The Saab connection? The film was made by Ignition3, whose owner (Dick L) happens to be an absolute Saabnut.

Nice work, Dick!

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Greg Abbott has brought some hotness to winter driving, adding some black wheels with winter tires to his 2010 Saab 9-5 Aero.

Maaaaaagnificent.

Greg Saab 9-5 Winter Wheels

Greg Saab 9-5 Winter Wheels

Renault Megane RS

I wasn’t deliberately looking for Saab alternatives. This just popped up on my RSS feed and I felt compelled to have another look.
Having checked it out, I have to say there’s a genuine chance that if Saab go belly-up this year, that I’ll be looking for one of these on the second hand market in around 2014.
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Photo: Autoblog
It’s the new Renault Megane RS coupe. It’s a hatch. It’s got a turbocharged four that puts out 250hp and a broad torque curve that tops out at 340Nm. It’s a reasonably good looker, aggressive in the right way and with the sort of eye-catching paint scheme that hasn’t been seen on a Saab since 2002.
The full press release for this car is after the jump but I’ll ask now: Apart from the wheels and a rather fat looking arse (not so evident in this photo), what’s not to like here?
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As an aside: Imagine if Augustsson and Mauer had their way and there was a full range of Saab 9-3 body styles right from 2003, with proper marketing and support instead of this “it won’t sell in the US market” crap that went on back then….. I reckon we’d have a 9-3 Viggen that could blow this baby out of the water by now.
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