The all-black Saab Turbo X, which made its world debut at the Frankfurt auto show last year, is now arriving at Saab dealership around the United States. Celebrating thee decades of Saab turbocharging leadership and the first to feature Saab’s state-of-the art Cross-Wheel Drive system, the limited-edition Turbo X is a driver-focused performance car that is already being hailed as an instant classic.

As an added bonus, American Turbo X customers who ordered their car before February this year, are being offered the opportunity to participate in the specially created Turbo X Driving Academy – courtesy of Saab. The first sessions of this exhilarating two-day event are taking place this week at the storied Road Atlanta race track in Braselton, Georgia.

“The Turbo X is the ultimate performance expression of the new Saab 9-3 range,” said Saab Automobile USA General Manager Steve Shannon. “It delivers levels of driver involvement and dynamic chassis control never experienced before from Saab.”

The first-ever turbocharged Saab, a 99 “CombiCoupe” hatchback, debuted for the 1978 model year. Combining brisk performance with excellent fuel economy, that car started a trend that was followed by many other manufacturers. Now, the all-black Turbo X evokes the iconic appeal of the first black 99 and 900 Turbos – while introducing innovative Saab XWD all-wheel-drive technology.

“Like the enthusiasts who have remained loyal from the first turbo models, we are very proud of our turbocharging heritage,” said Shannon. “The new Turbo X is one of the most satisfying Saabs ever built.”

The Saab Turbo X is available in four-door Sport Sedan and five-door SportCombi body styles. It has styling cues that enhance aerodynamic performance and create a distinctive appearance, including specially designed 18-inch alloy wheels that have a grey, titanium-like finish that harks back to Saab’s classic three-spoke design. The “black turbo” theme is continued in the well-equipped interior, which carries unique appointments.

For the 2008 model year only 600 examples – split between both body styles – will be delivered to customers in the United States. Pricing starts at $42,510 for the Sport Sedan and $43,310 for the SportCombi.