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Alec Baldwin punches a guy with Saab Turbo X SportCombi

Kamil Kaluski November 5, 2018 All Things Hoon 14 Comments

You may have heard that Alec Baldwin recently got into a fight with someone over a parking spot near his home in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. The fact that this happened will no surprise anyone who has ever attempted to street park in the Village. Equally unsurprising is the fact that Alec Baldwin (60!), allegedly punched someone. But there are two surprising things here: first is that Alec Baldwin street parks his Escalade daddy mobile and the second is the type of car that the alleged victim drove. 

The car belonging to the alleged victim is one of 600 Saab Turbo X SportCombi’s sold in the United States. And it looks to be in great condition despite being sometimes street parked in New York City. It even has a little Ferrari-eque moose logo on the side. 

For those unfamiliar with the Turbo X SportCombi, we discussed it back in 2011:

As Saab heads up to the great parking lot in the sky to join its brethren, we take a look at what could be the final hot Saab, the 2008 Turbo X. It was first shown at the 2007 Frankfurt auto show. The car paid homage to Saab’s 30 years with the turbocharger, beginning with 900 Turbo in 1978. Outside, the Turbo X was painted in a one choice Jet Black color and wore 18’ wheels making a callback to the 900 SPG. The homage continued inside with the turbo gage in the instrument cluster being the same as the 900 Turbo.

As with the 900 Turbo, the Turbo X introduced a significant innovation for Saab; Cross-Wheel Drive. Developed by Haldex, Cross-Wheel Drive (XWD) was Saab’s first true AWD system. XWD used sensors in all four wheels to detect slippage and a multiplate wet clutch in the rear differential to send power. The Turbo X also used an active rear limited-slip differential (eLSD as Saab called it) to shuffle power between the two rear wheels. Both of them would trickle down into the 9-3 and next generation 9-5.

Power comes from a modified version of Saab’s 2.8L turbo V6 from the 9-3 Aero producing 280 HP and 295 lb-ft of torque.

Only 2000 of Turbo Xs in sedan and SportCombi form were built in 2008. 600 of those made their way to the US.

So, this is somewhat of a rare and obscure wagon with with a turbocharged engine, manual transmission, and all-wheel-drive. Alec sure knows how to pick them. 

Second image from . Others from . Thanks for the tip Michael B.!

Wagon Wednesday: The Saab Turbo X SportCombi

  • neight428

    Owning a unique driver’s car in Manhattan must be like walking around Nevada in scuba gear.

    • There are many, many cool unique driver’s cars in Manhattan. It’s not as bad as it may seem.

      • neight428

        I know you’re right, I’ve seen them myself. I suppose if driving were the point, none of us would buy cars and immediately set off taking them apart. Actual driving is only part of the appeal, after all. Plus, this guy gets to take up boxing on the side!

  • stolenidentity

    In 2014 I shot this Turbo X SportCombi for my (now-defunct) Tumblr:

    Could be the same one. As recently as last year, it was regularly parked on 31st St in Astoria.

    • Interesting. Do you have any other pics of it?

      • stolenidentity

        Just the one, unfortunately. I don’t recall whether it had a moose decal on the driver’s side, as I typically saw it from the passenger (sidewalk) side.

        • Ross Ballot

          Gotta wonder what percentage were sold in the Northeast…

  • Ross Ballot

    There are exactly one– yes, 1– of these on CarGurus right now. I would love to own one.

    • Branden Alexander Farnsworth-W

      I have a 2008 Turbo X Sedan. Cool as hell, but a ton of expense to keep running. I have made friends with a parts dealer in Sweden, without him It would not be running.

  • That looks like a Volvo “Prancing Moose” sticker with the top trimmed away, as that’s the only version I’ve seen with the Swedish flag forming the field. Talk about badge engineering…

    • dead_elvis, inc.

      I think Dave Barton started offering them without “Volvo” across the top after he was threatened with legal action.

      • I wasn’t aware of that one, but the proximity of the antler to the top of the field still leads me to conclude that the sticker on the SportCombi is a trimmed version instead. I’m not giving up on my “badge engineering” comment so readily.

        • dead_elvis, inc.

          That badge engineering comment is kudos-worthy, of course.

          Maybe it’s just my monitor, but I can’t make out the sticker on the SAAB in question clearly enough to make a call either way. I did, however, spend some time in Baldwin’s apartment building this summer. Nice digs. Didn’t see him, but saw a few other people that I’ve seen on screen but never previously in real life.

  • _2zSWDZPu5X

    the original Turbo was the SAAB 99 in 1978. (not the 900) One of the ten fastest cars that year. And the only one under $10,000.