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.
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