In a brazen piece of self-indulgence, I’ve decided to flesh out the thoughts I had previously about sending the 9-5 into the sunset with a bang. My previous idea centered around the fact that the Saab 9-5 is in its final years, earns huge margins for Saab, but is undersold. So let’s eat into the margins a little and make it truly memorable.
Saab have a history of emptying the parts bin when models are running out, so why not build the best equipped 9-5 you can as a special edition? The Saab 9-5 Turbo S, which I could forever refer to as the TS edition. Woohoo!
The pictures that follow are from Saab stock and feature none of the enhancements I’m talking about (except the wheel close-up, which is the real deal). You’ll have to imagine some of the things I’m talking about here, but they’re all – mostly – real.
The Saab 9-5 Turbo S – the ultimate 9-5
The Saab 9-5 Turbo S will pay similar homage to previous S models in the same way that the Turbo X pays homage to Black Turbos of the past. Being a Saab, it must be practical, fast and understated. Hence the 9-5 Turbo S will only be available as a SportCombi. It will come with all the performance you need plus that little more that you want, and with classic Saab visuals that establish it as something special.
The Saab 9-5 Turbo S will come with a special Hirsch Performance kit, comprising the following:
performance air filter
stainless steel dual exhaust system,
uprated fuel pressure regulator, and
Hirsch ECU replacement.
This high-output kit from Hirsch will lift the standard Aero 2.3 litre engine to 300hp and provide for a huge 400Nm of torque.
All of this forward power needs plenty of stopping power, which is why the Saab 9-5 Turbo S comes with a larger standard wheel kit, complete with a high performance brake kit.
The Saab Double-Blade wheels are an 18 inch alloy wheel reminiscent of the original double-Y wheels that adorned early model Saab 9-3 Aeros. A modern take on a classic wheel, and the perfect compliment to the 9-5 Turbo S.
The single-piston 345mm brakes allow for plenty of stopping power, over and over again without fade, but more importantly the single piston setup allows for total reliability in everyday driving situations where multi-piston systems can struggle with insufficient cooling.
Of course, as with the Turbo X, power is nothing without control. The Saab 9-5 Turbo S features Saab’s own sports chassis kit, comprising lower, stiffer springs, performance dampers and an all-new limited slip differential. Tuned so as to preserve a comfortable ride in normal conditions, this sports kit will keep all 300 horses pointed in the right direction when the road you’re travelling turns into the road less travelled.
The Saab 9-5 Turbo S will not only get you where you’re going quickly and safely. The Turbo S will also get you there in full comfort and in classic Saab style.
The exterior features a bespoke body kit including front and rear spoilers, side skirts and anodised accents where the regular Saab 9-5 would regularly feature chrome.
The standard 9-5 Aero front spoiler with integrated foglamps is matched with a new rear spoiler that fully accommodates the stainless steel dual exhaust – standard equipment on the 9-5 Turbo S. The side skirts are matched with an anodised door trim decor that compliments the anodised headlight surrounds in a gunmetal finish. Dame Edna never looked so good! A roof spoiler is also included as standard.
It’s not only the exterior that lets you know that the Saab 9-5 Turbo S is something special. Whilst the exterior is nice for others to look at as you pass them by, it’s the interior where you’ll be spending most of your time.
Seats that keep the driver comfortable and focused have always been a hallmark at Saab. The 9-5 Turbo S features classic Saab sports seats in full, premium black leather with gunmetal trim. Of course, the seats are ventilated and heated to keep you at the right temperature, regardless of the conditions outside and feature full electronic movement and memory positioning.
The interior is typical Saab 9-5 in arrangement – with everything placed logically and within easy reach. The leather trimmed steering wheel allows for easy control of the on-board entertainment and communication system, including full iPod and Bluetooth integration. Split-zone heating and cooling controls, as well as satellite navigation are also just a touch away. Your feet also get a touch of class, with the Hirsch sport pedal kit.
The interior of the Saab 9-5 Turbo S carries on from the enhanced external appearance with a full leather shift knob and gaiter kit as well as leather door inserts. An exclusive finish called Black Diamond is applied to the dash and door trims. It has been formulated exclusively for the Saab Turbo S and will not be available as a retrofit. Black Diamond is a metallic black finish that catches the light as you drive and whilst it provides for a kaleidescope of color in certain light, it is prepared in such a way as to be of minimal visual impact to the driver.
A truly unique finish for a truly unique Saab. The Saab 9-5 Turbo S.
Available as soon as someone at Saab realises it’s worth sending the 9-5 off with a bang.
All of the features I’ve mentioned in this piece are either directly available from Saab, or are well within Saab’s capability. Obviously the Hirsch kit exists, as does the dual exhaust.
Many of the items here were sourced from the Saab Accessories catalogue and whilst the LSD was found at Abbott Racing, I chatted with Saab’s own Kjell AC Bergstrom about this part during the dinner at the Saab Festival earlier this year. Saab have their own LSD and he’s got one in his personal 9-5.
The Black Diamond finish in the interior is similar in concept to an interior I saw in a 9-3 whilst in Sweden (Hi Johanna!). I made the name up, but it’s a surface that catches the light and almost seems to shimmer. That sounds quite distracting, but it’s not. The dash I saw with this finish was in a dusty grey-ish sort of color until the light hit it and I’m sure the effect could be replicated in black.
This was an exercise in fun. I’m sure people could come up with other equipment combinations that would be fun, and I never got around to mentioning things like the sunroof, the safety equipment, the robotic massaging headreasts (!).
I just hope they do something to send the 9-5 off properly.