Saab 9-5x

It is not exactly common, but the 9-5 is, and has been, used for patrol and undercover cars throughout parts of the world. For example, in several parts of Sweden it is used just for this purpose. Also, the City of Aspen, Colorado, has been using the model for patrol cars since the early 1970s. Further in Colorado, the town of Vail has been using the model since 1980. In reality, this is a pretty swank police ride. Anyhow, the Saab 9-5 is manufactured by the Swedish automaker Saab, and was launched in 1997 as the replacement to the famed Saab 9000. The 9-5 is offered as a sedan or a station wagon, which features innovations such as tracks to secure goods and a sliding cargo floor to make loading easier. The 9-5 joins the ranks of a few other models that have been plagued by confusion with regards to their naming. For example, the model is badged as a 95, but Saab consistently advertises it as the 9-5. Further, the moniker is pronounced 'nine five' – not 'ninety five'. What makes this problematic is that the model must not be confused with the Saab 95, which was produced from 1959 to 1978. Anyhow, the vehicle makes up for its naming shortfalls under the hood. It is powered by Saab's B205 and B235 straight-4 engines, and in Europe is powered by Alfa Romeo's 1.9 JTD 16V diesel straight-4. Also, a high-powered version of the 9-5, called the Aero, produces 260 hp ECE and 258 ft•lbf of torque. Later, in 2005, an updated version of the 2.0 L turbocharged I4 was released in the European market with the 2006 9-5. Pretty cool development for the environment, as the engine is optimized to run on E85 while producing 180 hp at 5500 rpm. What the future holds in terms of E85 technology is still up for debate. In fact, there seems to be some disagreement if E85 is perhaps even less efficient overall once the externalities have been considered.