• elroy Posted: 12/16/2008 11:17am PST

    I owned a Saab once with a turbo four. It was awesome to drive -- never missed a six cylinder engine. They have continued to improve it and I would love to have a new 9-3. A good fried has one with a manual transmission -- gobs of power, great fuel economy for that size of vehicle.

  • Reece Posted: 12/16/2008 2:49am PST

    Direct injection is one of the ways petrol engines will comtinue to dominate, smaller capacity engines with turbo/superchargers to provide boost when needed but not sucking power when idling are the way to go. VW has led the way on this and good to see Ford and M heading this way, yes there is a major market crash now and petrol/gas prices have receeded but they will go back up and Obama and co are going to set tough standards in the future.
    Direct injection though doesn't mean return to crap underpowered engines that came out as a result of the Oil shock of the 70's, we can have our cake and eat it.
    It shows technolgy can provide the answers as long as their is an incentive to invest. I'd rather a small capacity direct injection turbo over a hybrid/electric anyday.