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Saab shows all-ethanol Biopower at Geneva


Saab is to preview its latest bioethanol-powered engine in Geneva - an E100 (100% ethanol) compatible turbocharged 2.0-litre engine developing 300bhp and 295lb-ft.

The engine is fitted in a 9-5 estate and gives 0-60mph acceleration in 6.6 seconds. The Biopower 100 concept has also received a few styling mods to emphasise its speed and sportiness.

GM Powertrain CEO Kjell ac Bergstrom said: 'Bioethanol is a potent, high-quality fuel which opens up exciting possibilities in helping to meet the environmental challenges that face us. As the need to reduce energy consumption increases, we are exploring ways to run smaller engines that give relatively high power, with and without hybrid technology. This concept car shows that bioethanol can play a key role in this "right-sizing" process, while also minimizing fossil fuel emissions.'