2008 Hirsch Update

I got a quick update through tonight on some of the stuff that Hirsch will be offering for the 2008 Saab 9-3 range.

The US don’t get it. Australia doesn’t get it. And that sucks!

Hirsch already provide a number of enhanced performance packages and interior trim enhancements. The engine boosting will continue in the 2008 model year and all versions of the 2008 Saab 9-3 will have a package available except for the TTiD.

There’s also going to be a few new interior pieces to go along with the brilliant carbon leather dash that Hirsch already offer. Specifically, we’re talking about leather covers for your door handles, handbrake and smart slot. More details will be forthcoming soon, but here’s a couple of pics.

Hirsch Saab upgrades

Hirsch Saab upgrades

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  1. Those new interior trim bits really enhance the look of the plastic bits. I don’t know why at least these kinds of things aren’t available in the States or Australia. I can sort-of understand the engine enhancements (as they’re covered under SAAB warranty), but the interior aesthetic bits aren’t likely to need any warranty work.

    The leather trim on both these bits as well as the dash treatment really make the car look more like a luxury automobile than a “near-luxury” one, IMHO.

  2. Gripen – if not yet addressed in the other post, I think the US availability (or lack thereof) would be an excellent question to pose at the SOC.

    Surely they could work out some sort of partnership…

  3. Who’s surprised?!?! I mean, c’mon…who’s surprised??!?!

    But, you could always have someone buy the parts in Europe and then ship them over to the States.

  4. These look good, and non-availability in the U.S. is dumb. However, the real pressing question here is why Saab isn’t making those improvements standard across, at the very least, the Aero range.

  5. Actually I think you can still do the Hirsch upgrades if you purchase through the IDS system and get it put on the car in Sweden or Switzerland before shipping it home.

  6. Darn it! The Hirsch interior improvements look great. Does anyone know if, just because they will not be offered in the U.S., American customers could order them and self-install?

  7. Those would look SSSSSSOOOOOO good in my 9-3 Convertible. I have to be able to get them here in the states. The rubberized ones were coated so thin on my 9-3 SS and started looking a bit ragged by the time I traded it in. I do not want the convertible to look ragged.

  8. I wish that Saab would use M Sport as a model and acutally sell a Hirsch 9-5 and 9-3 as a specific model with every and all options fitted. Not only could you get the 300+ HP vehicle we all want, but there’d be a proper halo car like the M3 is to all the people who go and buy 318’s and then try and race us on the streets.

  9. This is one of the moes important topics for me. The lack of aftermarket options with regard to trim and performance in Aust may affect my buying decision when the new model 9-3 arrives here.

    A SAAB dealer i spoke to a few months ago said they were trying to “negotiate a deal” with an unnamed aftermarket provider but wouldn’t say any more.

    Kroum, you’re quite right about standard trim on 9-3 aero. For 60K + i would expect a greater level of interior trim.

  10. Indeed Rob.

    Certain bits and pieces from Hirsch are available through Elkparts, though not everything. I should do a feature post on that some time, like now.

  11. i can only echo kroums comments that this is the level of trim that should be standard for the 9-3 (at least for the top of the line black turbo x ) . from a manufacturing point of view it could not add that much to the cost but from hirsch it will be a hassle for the US customers and expensive.
    for the black turbo saab should be pulling out all the stops with a great interior , and 300+ hp to take advantage of the AWD. introuducing a car that is seen as a real competitor to the BM W 335i ,infiniti g35(7) will get people looking at the whole saab line and see the value.

  12. I get the feeling with all the Hirsch products that they are what SAAB intended but for cost reasons were forced to take it out of the design. I think with their leather dash and these trim pieces, the interior of a 9-3 would be exactly as it should have been from the start.

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