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Opel Astra with Saab B204 engine and HX35 Turbo

Opel Astra B204 Saab Holset HX35 TurboOpel Astra B204 Saab Holset HX35 Turbo

Changes engine (swap engine) in Opel is not new (Saab B206 Turbo engine in BMW M3),  but since that Opel and Saab share the same platforms, replacement engine is not a complicated process.

Usually, the Saab engines mounted in Opel Vectras, but sometimes in the smaller Opel Astras. Advantage is of course obvious, small Astra is much lighter than the Saab models thereby gaining performance.

In this case, the owner of the Ople Astra managed to slip into his car Saab’s B204 engine with mighty Holset HX35 Turbo – here is result:

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Goran Aničić
the authorGoran Aničić
For over 10 years, Goran Aničić has been passionately focused on Saab automobiles and everything related to them. His initial encounter with Saab cars took place back in 2003 when the first Saab 9-3 and sedan version were introduced. At that moment, he was captivated by the car's Scandinavian design logic and top-notch engineering, and everything that followed stemmed from that first encounter. Later on, through his work at the editorial team of the Serbian automotive magazines "Autostart" and later "AutoBild," he had the opportunity to engage more closely with Saab vehicles. In 2008, he tested the latest Saab cars of that time, such as the Saab 9-3 TTiD Aero and Saab 9-3 Turbo X. In 2010, as the sole blogger from the region, he participated in the Saab 9-5ng presentation in Trollhättan, Sweden. Alongside journalists from around the world, he got a firsthand experience of the pinnacle of technological offerings from Saab at that time. Currently, Goran owns two Saabs: a 2008 Saab 9-3 Vector Sportcombi with a manual transmission, and a Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin Sport Sedan from the last generation, which rolled off the production line in Trollhättan in December 2011.

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