We are the same source.Originally Posted by Craig
I think that the most interesting constructor is without question: Volvo.
Saab is "dead" and Jaguar...to imagine Jaguar owned by the French.
The English would make the revolution! :p
More seriously Volvo has still a excellent image and technology refinement, especially the engines. Renault wanted to already buy Volvo in the 90's but the Swedish preferred Ford. It is necessary to acknowledge that there had been many problêmes between the two manufacturers during their collaboration. But will Ford want to sell one of its manufacturers in better form?
For the Safrane Biturbo. This car has 2 BIG problems of conception: the gearbox and electronic suspension.
Gearbox is just crap, because of it the torque and power are limited! There was not manual gearbox for an transversal V6 and 4WD accepting more of torque...
Don't forget that at that time, Venturi sold cars with the PRV of more than 400hp.
Yes, this Safrane with its superb ride could without problem accept + 350hp and 450Nm! Hartge kept besides a prepared "specimen" of more than 500hp, I believe.
So with "only" 268hp and 350Nm for 1680kg, not suprise. The performances are just honourable...
The suspension are excellent but...when the shock absorbers should be changed you are ruined! Without speaking about the electronic system of suspension which is not great reliability and whose replacement is there too ruinous.
Ok the Safrane Biturbo was supposed to be a "Executive car" with the budget which goes with. But it is a pity which Renault did not invest of advantage. The constructor stopped in way and that in is all the more shame because the remainder of the car is truly excellent.