Hirsch Performance update – September 2009

Trial Upgrades Available
Hirsch Performance – the only way to upgrade your Saab and maintain your factory warranty – have a trouble-free way to test their Saab performance upgrades so you can see for yourself how good an upgraded Saab can be.
Many Saab dealers who sell Hirsch will have an upgraded vehicle on-hand for you to test, but this isn’t always the case. Now you can try a Hirsch upgrade in your own vehicle for a 10-day period – and it’s FREE!
Hirsch authorised Saab dealerships can now install a time-limited trial software performance upgrade in your car. You can then decide to purchase the upgrade, in which case it’s easily switched to be a permanent installation, otherwise the software can easily be removed again within the 10 day trial period.
This is,of course, only available in markets where Hirsch Performance upgrades are available. See your local dealer.
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Frankfurt Motor Show
Hirsch Performance took a spot on the Saab stand at the Frankfurt Motor Show once the press days were over and they showed off their Saab 9-3 2.0T XWD upgrade package.
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New performance model at the IAA exhibition in Frankfurt – Saab 9-3 2.0T XWD Performance
With the new Saab 9-3 Performance, Hirsch Performance, the Swiss refiner of Saab automobiles, presents a dynamic vehicle tailored to the driver. Not a mainstream product, but instead a vehicle for individualists with a passion for the extraordinary. Those who decide in favour of a Saab Performance vehicle can look forward to a driving experience in a class of its own.
The pioneering role of Saab in the field of engine rightsizing is demonstrated by the extremely efficient 2.0 litre four cylinder turbo engine: following the Hirsch Performance treatment, this engine delivers 270 HP (200 kW) and maximum torque of 390 Newton metres. The self-levelling sports suspension in combination with the advanced Saab XWD four-wheel drive system guarantees an optimal and sporty driving experience.
Cooperation between Saab national representatives and Hirsch Performance
The new Saab 9-3 Performance is another product of the many years of cooperation between Hirsch Performance and the European Saab distribution network. “We have given reacting to specific national requirements special attention. The new Saab 9-3 Performance emphasizes the typical Saab genes even more clearly. The combination of the efficient, 270 HP strong, 2.0 litre, 4 cylinder engine, the advanced XWD system and the sports suspension satisfies the expectations of the sport-oriented customer. The restrained exterior appearance, in combination with the high quality interior, sets new standards and is suited to the brand” René Hirsch explains.
The exterior identifying features include carbon fibre aerodynamic components, a bootlid/roof spoiler, honeycomb grill, stainless steel dual exhaust system and 19″ wheels.
The interior of the five-seater, with lots of high quality leather and a clearly structured cockpit, reflects typical Scandinavian design and will satisfy even the most demanding customer.
The state-of-the-art Saab XWD four-wheel drive system provides the driver with a more direct control and a completely new driving experience. The sophisticated electronic control system of the XWD and the electronically-controlled limited-slip differential guarantee precise torque distribution, not only between the two axles, but also between the rear wheels. On the whole, the Saab 9-3 Performance exactly meets the requirements that active people have for a sporty and individual vehicle.
Technical data
Engine: 1.998 cc. Four cylinders. Saab Trionic engine management system. Water cooled turbocharger with intercooler.
Engine data:*
Max. Power > 270 hp (200 kW) @ 5.300 rpm
Max. torque > 390 Nm @ 3.000 – 3.500 rpm
Transmission: Saab XWD (Cross Wheel Drive) all-wheel-drive-system. Electronic rear limited-slip differential (eLSD) for rear axle.
Suspension:
Front: McPherson struts. Aluminium control arm and knuckle. Anti-roll bar.
Rear: Self-levelling sports suspension. Multi-link. Aluminium H-arm and knuckle. Anti-roll bar.
Wheels, tyres:
19 inch Hirsch Performance Twin Spoke-Rim, Tyres 245/35 R19
Brakes:
Hydraulic, dual circuit, vacuum booster, Ventilated brake disc, Diameter front 345mm.
Performance data:*
0 – 100 km/h: 6,4 sec
0 – 60 mph: 6.3 sec
Top Speed: 250 km/h (155 mph)
60 – 100 km/h in 4. Gear: 6,3 sec
80 – 120 km/h in 5. Gear: 7,9 sec
Fuel consumption (combined): 8.2l/ 100km
C02-Emission: 195 g/km
* preliminary figures
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