The Saab 9-5 Turbo S was my own dreamy idea for a special 9-5 that would send the current model off into the sunset with a bang.
A couple of things emerged from the Saab Signature Colors article I posted last night. One was that there was no consensus signature color for the Saab 9-5. And the second thing was that (to the best of my knowledge) there hasn’t been a special model of the Saab 9-5 in the whole of it’s 10 year existence.
The Griffin badge carried on from the Saab 9000 for a little while and yes, there’s been the anniversary model earlier in 2007 as part of an anniversary model range. But I can’t remember a rip-snorting, tail-wagging balltearer of a model wearing the Saab 9-5 badge.
Is it just me, or does that seem like a crime?
The 99 got special with the release of the Turbo.
The 900 got special with the release of the SPG and the Convertible.
The 9000 had the Airflow and Carlsson models and was capped off with the Aero later on.
The NG900/9-3 got the Viggen
But the 9-5 hasn’t had a special moniker in all its time as Saab’s flagship model. It got an Aero model, which is retained to this day, but that’s part of the standard lineup. Where’s the uber-special model that makes all the Saab nuts go “oooooh” and start to dribble?
So once again, I would like to propose the Saab 9-5 Turbo S. In addition to the features I originally mentioned, it seems appropriate to mandate the creation of a signature color for the car. Better minds than mine can figure out what that should be, but it’s got to be classy, understated and yet pretty darn unique.
A summary of the enhancements in my original proposal follows:
performance air filter
stainless steel dual exhaust system
uprated fuel pressure regulator
Hirsch ECU replacement.
18-inch alloy wheels
high performance brake kit
sports chassis – lower, stiffer springs, performance dampers
limited slip differential
full bespoke body kit including front and rear spoilers, side skirts and anodised accents
anodised door trim decor and headlamp surrounds
Saab sports seats in full, premium black leather with gunmetal trim
ventilated and heated seats
leather trimmed steering wheel
full iPod and Bluetooth integration
Hirsch sport pedal kit.
full leather shift knob and gaiter kit as well as leather door inserts.
The important thing would be to fit all this stuff at the factory so that it goes out as a full Saab model to all markets that want it. And if you think this is a fanciful list – ALL of these modifications are available right now, either as accessories from Saab or as modifications from Hirsch.
This car is very do-able.
When I asked Jan-Ake Jonsson about a special model for the 9-5 a few weeks ago he was non-committal on specifics, but seemed positive about the notion that there would be some sort of special edition coming in the next year.
With more and more sources indicating that MY 2008 could be the last full model year for the Saab 9-5, I hope this special edition is something to drool over.
And I hope it comes in a very special, signature color.