Hirsch Performance is well known in the automotive industry for their tuning packages for Saab models. And since Saab already has a new model that was just launched - the new 9-5 sedan - Hirsch has already started to work on improving it.
The tuner only revealed details on how the engine’s performances improved, but we expect to see the usual exterior package: carbon fiber aerodynamic components, a bootlid/roof spoiler, honeycomb grill, stainless steel dual exhaust system, and 19" wheels. For the interior the tuner will add new high quality leather and a few sports accessories.
As for the engine, Hirsch is offering an update package for all three engines. The 4-cylinder gasoline has been increased from 220 HP to a total of 260 HP, the 2.0 TiD engine moves from 160hp to 190hp, and the 2.8T V6 moves up from 300hp to 335hp.
The Saab 9-4X BioPower was unveiled at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show and although it created quite a stir before it was unveiled, consumers left the concept behind without as much as a glance backward. Now, two years after the concept was laid out on the show floor, Saab has announced that a production version will be unveiled by the end of this year.
The 9-4X will be offered with a 2.8-liter V6 Turbo Engine with 300 HP at 5,300 rpm and Sentronic six-speed automatic with transmission and paddle shifting at launch. A 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder delivering 220 HP will be added at a later date.
The concept was powered by a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter BioPower turbo engine that delivered 300 HP and strong torque of 295 lb.-ft. With this engine, Saab wanted to demonstrate its commitment to “rightsizing” – achieving sufficient levels of performance with a smaller, more efficient engine.
Saab has also announced that an exciting lineup of vehicles are planned to hit the US market over the next year: an all-new Saab 9-3X premium crossover, the 9-3 sport sedan, 9-3 sportCombi, and the 9-3 convertible, as well as the all-new 9-5 sedan.
If the reports linking car designer extraordinaire Jason Castriota to Saab pushes through, then you gotta give up for the auto manufacturer; they scored a big coup on this one.
Castriota, the brilliant car designer who licked his chops and fine-tuned his skills while working for some of the most legendary automotive design houses in the world in the form of Stile Bertone and Pininfarina, has been responsible for some of the most out-of-this-world designs we’ve ever seen, including the Bertone Mantide and the Ferrari P4/5. Now, Castriota is embarking on yet another challenge as he begins his tenure as the head designer for Saab.
As his first assignment, Castriota will be tasked to come up with a new design for what is expected to be the next-generation Saab 9-3, a model that the Swedish brand is looking to integrate into a higher market segment where it would compete with a number of market mainstays including the Audi A4 and the BMW 3-Series.
Saab will unveil the new generation 9-3 in late 2012. Built on an all-new platform (known internally as the "Phoenix Architecture"), the new model will also get a hatchback version reminiscent of the classic 900 and a cabriolet version. The new Saab 93 will have as main competitor the Audi A3 and will be priced at £18,000 (around $26,000 at the current rates).
The new model will take its design inspiration from the new 9-5 sedan, but it will also get an aerospace-influenced touch. On the interior it will feature the same wrap-around dashboard theme, but with a minimal look in comparison to the Saab 9-5.
There are rumors saying that Saab has signed a contract with BMW to supply BMW-derived diesel and petrol engines, including the new 184bhp 1.6-litre, twin-scroll turbo Cooper S engine and the 112bhp 1.6-liter diesel engine used in the Countryman. The new engines will be coupled to an all-new six-speed manual gearbox and a four-wheel drive system.
An unnamed source has reported to Reuters that the Saab chairman has been in talks with BMW to use its engines and transmission in a new version of the 9-2.
Victor Muller, the chairman of Spyker and Saab, has said he is deep in talks with potential partners about a 9-2 platform. They hope to have a tear-drop-shaped model, similar to the 9-2 of the 1950’s.
Dagens Industri reported on Friday that BMW had plans to provide diesel motors for the Saab 9-4X city jeep that will debut in Europe at the start of 2011.
The two companies have made contact over the possibility of a partnership on the 9-2, which could be built on the MINI platform, the newspaper reported. There is a meeting scheduled for the end of June.
Spyker and BMW both declined to comment to Reuters.
"We are in talks with several interested parties who have interest in our technology," a BMW spokesman said to Reuters. "There are no contracts with Saab at the moment."
Saab said that they were looking for “possible partners”, but they too declined to comment on the issue.
"We are concentrating on the 9-5 and the 9-4X," Eric Geers said. "A smaller Saab below the 9-3 is not in our business plan though it would be on our wish list."
Earlier this year Saab was saved from General Motors when Spyker took the reigns for $400 million.
The upcoming release of the all-new Saab 9-5 sedan is fast approaching and as such, Saab is also gearing up its efforts in promoting the car, complete with a series of videos that are made to show customers the capabilities and active features of the brand’s new flagship sedan, which is also the very first 9-5 to be built under Saab’s new owner, Spyker.
In this particular video, Stefan Runquist, the 9-5 sedan’s Vehicle Dynamics manager, gets behind the wheel of the 9-5 and takes it out for a nice little joyride on a Swedish race track, all while informing and educating all of us with regards to the 9-5’s new features and overall characteristics. This should be a good one to play back, especially if you’ve got your eye on purchasing the new 9-5 sedan as soon as it comes out.
With Saab’s revival under Spyker now in full-swing, we should at least be expecting the arrival of the next-generation 9-5 sedan in the coming months, but before that happens, Saab is doing its part in breaking down the car and making sure that it’s as safe as any car consumers will drive out on the road.
In this video, we catch Saab performing a head-on crash-test, featuring two of the aforementioned 9-5 sedans plowing head-on to each other. There’s not a lot flash in this video, but there sure is carnage and lots of it. Both cars closed in on each at speeds of 60 kph each and the impact, as you can imagine, completely destroyed the two car’s front ends. While that was to expected, the real measure of the 9-5’s safety was in full force when, as soon as the collision occurred, the airbags immediately inflated throughout the cabin with the passenger cells appearing to have been spared from the crash. In fact, the car remained intact enough that the doors could still be opened and closed despite the car’s mangled state.
From the looks of things, it looks like the new 9-5 sedan is up to par with today’s top safety standards, which isn’t really surprising considering the brand is known for its safety as much as anything else.
Saab’s reinvention under Spyker continues to go full steam ahead with a new commercial for the brand’s new flagship sedan, the 2010 9-5. The car, which is expected to make its way to dealerships in the coming months, is already being aggressively hyped by Saab as it aims to, once and for all, turn the corner after a year that saw the company come this close to being axed by General Motors.
Saab hopes that the 2010 9-5 will be the first of many Saab vehicles that will slowly inch its way back into the US market in the foreseeable future. Judging by how we’ve pegged the 2010 9-5, these guys are off to a good and promising start. Let’s all hope that they keep the momentum going from here on out.
As a reminder, the Saab 9-5 comes with a range of engines beginning with a 1.6-liter engine that can produce up to 180 hp and ending with a 2.8-liter turbo V6 engine that puts out approximately 300 hp. All engine choices come with a six speed transmission in a stick-shift or semi-automatic.
Many have thought that Spyker’s purchase of Saab was done solely for the purpose of saving the beleaguered Swedish brand from getting its head chopped off. Turns out, there’s more to this than meets the eye.
According to Bloomberg, Spyker may be looking at the prospect of increasing, possibly even doubling, their dealerships all over the world by using Saab’s vast network to channel those rare Spyker machines to a bigger market. That’s great news for us, especially since Spyker has never been known as a high-volume manufacturer.
Currently, Spyker has 35 dealerships all over the world while only producing roughly the same amount, maybe a little higher, of Spyker cars in a year. Now that they have new networks to explore, Spyker is toying with the idea of not only increasing their dealerships to about 60 on the planet, but also ramping up more units to sell as a result of the increased options available to them.
Even though its far from a confirmed report, we’ll be the first to tell you that we can never have enough of those C8 Ailerons prowling the streets of the world.
According to Autoblog, Saab is looking at a few performance parts to help raise its standing with automotive enthusiasts, albeit in a limited fashion. Sources inside the Swedish automaker are reporting that the company is looking to upgrade the performance of the 9-3 and the new 9-5. Yet, despite their performance desires, Saab is tied down by an agreement signed with Saab’s previous owner that laid down a chapter-and-verse about what kind of power Saabs should have under the hood.
"We can’t modify these licensed architectures in such a way that it will compete with General Motors products," said the insider to Autoblog.
So, power from the company is out, so Saab is seeking other ways to go about upping performance.
Saab has been in talks with leading European Saab tuner Hirsch Performance AG to develop new dealer-installed performance parts. These performance Saabs would be on sale in North American and other markets. Since Hirsch is not a well-known name, Saab is debating on how to go about marketing these upgrades.
Dealer installed improvements should include ECU upgrades, aero kits, brakes, exhaust systems, and a few other modifications.