American corn growers, and the lobbyists who butter their interests, will be pleased Saab will showcase its US-focused ethanol-powered concept engine at the Los Angeles auto show this week. This 9-5 Aero BioPower is propelled by a 310hp/325 lb.-ft, 2.3-liter turbo fueled by E85 — an 85% Ethanol 15% flex fuel supported by Saab parent GM. The US concept is considerably more powerful than Saab's BioPower 9-5 sold in Sweden, which tops out at 180hp, (that model accounts for for 70 percent of 9-5 sales in that country), making a possible corn-fueled run across Iowa a matter of hours, not weeks.
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