2011 Saab 9-3 Convertible Independence Edition Review - Official photos, features, specs

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Saab is celebrating the first anniversary of its independence by launching an exclusive Independence Edition of its 9-3 Convertible.

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Just 366 examples will be produced, one for each day during the first year and one extra for the start of a second year.

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Unveiled at Saab’s assembly plant in Trollhättan as part of a day of celebration, the Independence Edition features a unique, Amber Orange metallic paint finish. It is based on top-of-the-line Griffin Aero specification and includes a limited edition number etched into the rear side windows.

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The Independence Edition is further distinguished by:

Five spoke, 18-inch alloy wheels with a satin chrome/black finish
Orange trimmed beige sports leather seats and glovebox
Carbon-fiber look leather finish for the instrument panel, handbrake, gearshift molding and door handles

Photo: 2011 Saab 9-3 Convertible Independence EditionPhoto: 2011 Saab 9-3 Convertible Independence Edition

Driver ‘welcome’ message in instrument display, unique turbo boost gauge
Orange stitched sports leather steering wheel and carpet mats with grey piping

Photo: 2011 Saab 9-3 Convertible Independence EditionPhoto: 2011 Saab 9-3 Convertible Independence Edition

The powertrain choice comprises a 180 hp, 1.9-liter two-stage turbo diesel; a 220 hp, 2.0-liter gasoline turbo with direct injection and variable valve timing, and a Biopower version able to run on any combination of gasoline or E85 fuel. All engines are available with six-speed automatic or manual transmissions. The Independence Edition follows a successful tradition of special Saab Convertible models launched at springtime. This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the start of sales for the first Saab Convertible.

New 2011 Saab 9-3 Convertible Independence Edition specifications, review, photos and imagery courtesy of Saab.

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