Spyker: Yes, We Do Want BMW Engines For Saab


Spyker has confirmed that recent suggestions in the media that its newly acquired Swedish luxury car maker (that's Saab, by the way) is chatting to BMW about using the German brand's engines are true.

There's nothing like a spot of feverish media speculation to worm a statement out of a company before it's truly ready, and Spyker has had to move to confirm rumours that Saab's next generation of car's could use motive power provided by BMW.

"Spyker Cars N.V. ("the Group"), a holding company that owns subsidiaries which produce and sell premium automobiles under the Saab and Spyker brands, has noted recent press speculation about the possible supply relationship with BMW," said a Spyker statement. "The Group confirms that talks are ongoing and will give further details once a final agreement has been reached."

A deal could even be reached as early as the end of this week, according to US financial publication Bloomberg.

And although Spyker's statement pointedly refuse to comment on any specifics about the potential BMW deal, Bloomberg reckons that the next 9-3, due out in 2012, could be the first beneficiary of a Bavarian heart transplant.

Meanwhile - quite possibly because it's fun to escalate these sorts of rumours whenever possible, Bloomberg's anonymous source also suggests that the Mini Countryman platform might be bought in to underpin a '9-2' supermini.

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  • H141RUJ 28 Sep 2010

    As a long term Saaber, this is probably not a bad thing - as long as the Turbo remains. With a bit of luck, this will be the beginning of the end of the GM influence which ruined the brand and will give Saab the opportunity to put sone serious grunt back into their motors which has been sadly lacking for so long. It would be nice to see a 3.5 Saab V6 Saab Turbo or even a V8 turbo - though fairly unlikely, but a better diesel engine and a decent 2.5 V6 for a change would be a breath of fresh air.
    It will be interesting to see how they're going to keep the car front wheel drive, with the sideways mounted engine layout.
    As for a Mini based 9-2.... who would want one? I'd rather have the Mini!

  • 900T-R 28 Sep 2010

    I wouldn't bank on a V6 from BMW... wink The 9-5 could do with some more competitive (in terms of refinement and fuel efficiency/emissions mostly) diesels, the BMW 4 cylinder (now also engineered for transverse FWD application as in the Mini) would do nicely in 2.0 litre guise for starters. smile

  • CraigyMc 28 Sep 2010

    900T-R said:
    I wouldn't bank on a V6 from BMW... wink The 9-5 could do with some more competitive (in terms of refinement and fuel efficiency/emissions mostly) diesels, the BMW 4 cylinder (now also engineered for transverse FWD application as in the Mini) would do nicely in 2.0 litre guise for starters. smile
    I was thinking this too. I'd be surprised if it's not the 1.6 turbo petrol from the mini, and the 4-pot diesels. BMW do pretty good engines - they keep winning International Engine of the Year awards with them.

    I can't imagine Saab wanting to move at this point to an inline 6 engine with all the packaging problems that brings. V8? possibly, but very unlikely imo, for the same reason.

    C

  • dave stew 28 Sep 2010

    Maybe do an Audi and put an in line six in to drive the front wheels?

  • CraigyMc 28 Sep 2010

    dave stew said:
    Maybe do an Audi and put an in line six in to drive the front wheels?
    When did Audi do that?

    C

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