9-5 BioPower by Rinspeed – Hubba Hubba!!

To all those who think the 9-5 is looking a little long in the tooth, hmph! This baby scrubs up pretty nicely if you ask me.

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The Saab 9-5 by Rinspeed has just been covered in a Saab Switzerland press release. Here’s my slightly liberal translation along with a truckload of pictures after the jump.

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A principal topic at the Geneva Motor Show this year will be the auto industry leading by example in respecting the environment. Saab, in collaboration with Rinspeed, will be showing with the “9-5 BioPower Rinspeed” how vision and reality can harmonize.

The model is equipped with a bioethanol engine and proves that it is possible in today’s world to considerably reduce fossil CO2 emissions without giving up the pleasure of driving.

Recent reports with regard to climate change are clear: mankind, by it’s collective behavoiur, is a primary contributor to global warming. The reduction of CO2 emissions has become a central topic around the world – as it is at the Geneva Motor Show.

The notion of care and respect for the environment is not one that is just for the future, nor has it been for a long time now. At previous motor shows, Saab has proven it’s leadership in this field and shown with its BioPower concepts that ecological technology and driving pleasure could coincide perfectly.

This year, Saab will cross a new threshold at the Geneva Motor Show. The visitors can come to stand 5030 and admire a perfectly successful union of vision and reality – the “Saab 9-5 BioPower Rinspeed”.

The altered Saab BioPower immediately attracts the glare of visitors thanks to the glare of its yellow gloss paint. This special lowered Saab model incorporates materials used by Rinspeed for its futuristic prototype “eXasis”. (eXasis is the first transparent plastic car of high technology that is equipped, just like Saab BioPower, with an E85 engine).

The Saab BioPower Rinspeed shows new applications in the shape of rhombuses out of fibreglass metallized to aluminium. One finds the reason for the rhombuses in the coating of the seats. The interior also shows the innovative aspect of the car with seats padded with a compound called Technogel.

Yellow safety belts and a new fibreglass dashboard complete the metamorphosis of the Saab BioPower to perfection.

The Saab BioPower by Rinspeed and the eXasis are both studies to celebrate the 30th birthday of the company. With the eXasis, Rinspeed presents a car able to develop 150hp with using an ethanol engine. The parallel Saab BioPower, sporting 180hp led the two company’s traditionalists to cooperate.

Saab also celebrates a birthday in 2007 – 60 years of turbocharged ideas. To this occasion, Saab will launch the special “Anniversary Edition” models. However, it is the move towards ecological vehicles that will be maintained henceforth.

Saab will present the 9-3 BioPower in a world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show. It will be available in Switzerland starting from autumn 2007 and will compliment the Saab 9-5 BioPower. Saab wants to continue its idea to reduce the CO2 emissions on its cars right through the range.

With the “Saab 9-5 BioPower100 Concept”, Saab presents at the Motor-show a vehicle that can function with 100% bioethanol. Saab continues its philosophy thus to put mankind and the environment at the center of its activities.

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This is the eXasis vehicle they’re talking about, along with the 9-5 BioPower.

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A bunch of photos to see after the jump…

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26 Comments

  1. The front really isn’t that bad, once the chrome is gone. Saab should consider this, at least for special editions (or the Aero).

  2. Whoa! I’ve always liked the new 9-5, but this one can live in my garage anyday!

    eston21: I’d go with a faint gold tint just like the car.

    Kaz: ‘rice’ or ‘ricer’ refers to overwrought and silly racer-like aesthetics applied to inexpensive cars — usually Japanese. For cases in point, see here:

  3. Strip off the chrome Dame Edna trim and almost body colour it and see what you get- a fantastic looking Saab. I love this car. It would look better in Viggen blue would it not?

    Saab, if you are reading this, delete the shiny stuff and give us this trim in any body colour -to -match that we want- it is so damn cool.

    I want one. Nice Saaby wheels too.

  4. Not sure I care for the color (never liked bright colors myself) but I do agree that the car looks a million times better without the chrome up-front.

    I still like the older body-style 9-5’s better, but without the crome up-front I could actually picture myself owning a 2006 9-5 and not being overwhelmed with disgust…

    The yellow carbon fibre interior on the other hand… yuck.

    The only material I like for interior fittings is wood. Darker the better. I have a wood dash and center panel in my ’01 9-5 Aero, and it is IMHO the perfect color.

  5. Damn, how’d that link get through? Not supposed to as a spam protection. Will have to check that out.

    Autoblog do have more pictures than what I’ve posted here, but I decided to avoid the ones that were similar to one another.

  6. I too am unsure about any colour that approximates a certain body fluid.

    By the way, the fishnet stocking finish is sure to increase the incidence of drag 😉

  7. Swade, I was just wondering what the heck had happened to my link, hehe! I just used a standard HTML tag, not sure if your filter settings have been reset.

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