I received a couple of emails through the week that related to the Saab 9-5.
The first was in the form of a question:
There is a rumour that there will be another slight facelift to the 9-5 somewhere early next year. I haven’t read about that on your site and it would make a nice subject to us 9-5 die-hards
Well, it has been mentioned, though not quite in the terms that you mention here.
In both the interviews I did with Jan-Ake Jonsson and Steve Shannon in November, they mention that there will be a special edition Saab 9-5 coming out next year. It’s believed to be the final full year for the 9-5, so hopfully they’ll send it out with a bang.
I posted my own ideas for a super special 9-5 some time ago. Saab – feel free to institute as many of these as you like, no licence fee required 🙂
The second email I received may well have related to that upcoming special edition of the Saab 9-5.
It mentioned that there is, indeed, a special edition 9-5 under development, referred to as an anniversary edition in the email, with what seems to be an internal codename of Turbo 30.
The intriguing part, of course, is trying to figure out what that could mean. The internal name for the Saab Turbo X was the Black Turbo, which represented a link back to the popular Black Turbos of old in the Saab 99 and 900.
30 extra horsepower would be nice 🙂 but I can’t help but think it might be another link back to those original 99 Turbos. They were first shown in 1977 at Frankfurt, but IIRC they first turbo models for sale were 1978 Saab 99 Turbos. 30 years ago in 2008.
So 30 years of selling turbos, perhaps?