Hirsch Performance: Saab USA upgrade availability

I have received a list of vehicles for which Hirsch Performance – Saab’s official tuning house – have received the OK to provide vehicle ECU upgrades.

To give you an idea of the process involved……

This list comes from an Executive Order issued by the California Air Resource Board. Each of the vehicle congiurations on this list had to be tested and certified in order to be given the tick by CARB. This is a lengthy and expensive process, especially with this number of vehicles involved.

If your car is on the list, then you should be able to access a Hirsch ECU upgrade (costs for which are as yet unknown) from your local Saab dealer if that dealer is one that’s been approved for Hirsch distribution.

Here’s the list (click).

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Congratulations to Hirsch for finally making it over the pond an into the US market. It’s been a long time coming, and is a breakthrough that’s well deserved.

Saab performance by Hirsch

Chris Carrier
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Chris Carrier
5 years 8 months ago

Conspicuously missing are 2009 & 2007 9-3 Aeros with the 2.8.

What’s up with that?

CMHOHIOMAN
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CMHOHIOMAN
5 years 8 months ago

I have a question when and where might I buy this Hirsch upgrade for my 2009 SAAB 9.3 XWD? Is it really worth it? Does it improve gas mileage? Why don’t SAABs already come to the dealer fine-tuned???? LOL…Just saying…..sorry for all the questions. I live in Columbus Ohio USA. Our nearest authorized SAAB dealer is Midwestern Auto Group.

Swade
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5 years 8 months ago
Not all Saab dealers in the US will be Hirsch dealers (I think). So you might have to check with your local dealer whether they’ll be one of them. If so, ask when it’ll become available (shouldn’t be too long now they’re approved). Is it worth it? Subjective question. People who have done upgrades will most likely say yes, including me, but it really depends on what your priorities are. If you’re still under warranty, then this is the only way to upgrade and still preserve your warranty status. Why aren’t they already tuned like this? a) Saab and other… Read more »
WooDz
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WooDz
5 years 8 months ago
Many car companies have in house companies. AMG by Mercedes probably being one of the well known. Although Hirsch are separate tuning company they primarily deal with SAAB tuning and being authorised; as mentioned above, does mean you keep your warranty. On other SAAB models sold in Europe Hirsch tuning goes further than ECU calabration and various ‘stages’ of upgrade can be made. not just cometic accessories like wheels and leather dashboards but Exhausts, Brakes, and intercoolers. I can only imagine that this new announcement is just the beginning. My Viggen comes stock with 225hp (99 Modelyear version) I could… Read more »
Doctor Donk
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Doctor Donk
5 years 8 months ago

Your XWD car is damn slow comparing to FWD Saabs, Hirsch update is the must.

Kanundrum
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5 years 8 months ago

When they say 2008 9-3 2.8l does that include XWD or not, since the 9-5 specifically mentioned XWD.

Swade
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5 years 8 months ago

My guess is that if they don’t specify AWD, then its FWD only.

SAABoy
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SAABoy
5 years 8 months ago

Woohoo!!!

Chris
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Chris
5 years 8 months ago

Wonder what the cost is? I do have my wife’s combi, but I don’t think she would like this. To bad they don’t do some of the older cars. I would consist one on my 05 Aero without the normal warranty.

BrianL
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BrianL
5 years 8 months ago

No Turbo X!?!?!? Maybe if I debadge my car, they won’t notice. ๐Ÿ˜›

Red J
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5 years 8 months ago

If you want to de-tune your Turbo X, then it is maybe a good Idea.

Turbo X: 280hp
9-3 2.8L + Hirsch : 275hp
๐Ÿ˜‰

Iiari
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Iiari
5 years 8 months ago

Also sad to see there’s no Turbo-X upgrade listed :(. While I suspect we’d be one of the buyer groups most likely to purchase an upgrade, there are ultimately probably too few of us (damn that exclusivity!).

North Toronto Punter
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5 years 8 months ago
I wouidn’t lose sleep over this. Maptun PPC (for instance) gives better results for half the price and well within the spec ,say, of otherwise mechanically identical Opel Insignia OPC (which is putting out 325 HP). No installation fees either. 10 minutes to upgrade yourself via the Steering wheel port and you can detune at will. As regards warranty: Well, the car is now a few years old. And I have never heard a single instance of a breakdown related to such a minor engine upgrade (so-called ‘stage 1’). Now if you’re going to go VTuner Stage 2 at 390… Read more »
Nate 9-3
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Nate 9-3
5 years 8 months ago

This is a bummer. Maybe I am too much for structure, but getting Hirsch accessories that are available for the Turbo X and a non-Hirsch engine tune really bums me out.

CMHOHIOMAN
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CMHOHIOMAN
5 years 8 months ago

Thanx Swade!

michaelb
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michaelb
5 years 8 months ago

They should take up the 9-3x for the list as well. The 9-3x is underpowered with just the standard 210hp engine.

albert
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albert
5 years 8 months ago

Underpowered?
What do want to tow? A boat?
I upgraded half a year ago from 150 to 195 hp and feeling great with it.
OK, you get used to it. But you get used to 500 hp too.

michaelb
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michaelb
5 years 8 months ago

Probably a missunderstanding. According to my knowlege the 9-3x is not available with a 150hp engine that can be upgraded to 195hp. The 9-3x is heavier than a normal 9-3, a) due to xwd b) due to additional reinforcements. Especially the 2010 models are heavy, the 2011 are also roughly 100kg lighter like the rest of the 9-3 line.

North Toronto Punter
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5 years 8 months ago
Good News that they’ve arrived on our shores (US ones anyways). But I certainly wouldn’t put their work on par with AMG (and so I would expect it to be priced lower). Hirsch engine upgrades …in modern times anyways…are simply about boost. No internals (camshafts etc.). If they can provide a Hirsched out 9-5 Aero XWD at the price of a Merc E350 4matic then they win. If they price it with a E550 4matic they will have a mountain to climb. Having just come off a read of the latest duel [Mercedes E350 RWD vs. Saab 9-5 Aero XWD]… Read more »
Doctor Donk
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Doctor Donk
5 years 8 months ago

They should give journalists Aeros on 18 inch rims so they wonโ€™t whine about addition noise and less comfort comparing to Mercedes.. Also even handling should be better as SAAB engineer told in Evo review.
Another thing โ€“ saab should give hirsched cars without telling it. So reviews will be even better.

74stingray
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74stingray
5 years 8 months ago
Well, my 2006 SC Aero didnt make the list to be available for upgrade and that is somewhat ok with me. While it would have been nice to have the option, I guess it does not make economic sense for Saab to go back too far. Perhaps once my career plans become more firm and the Corvette is gone I can buy a newer 9-3SS XWD and have it upgraded. I still cannot believe I’d rather drive my SC Aero than my 7.4 liter ground pounding, gas guzzling ‘vette… If you would have asked me three years ago about Saab… Read more »
Iiari
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Iiari
5 years 8 months ago

As an aside: Those Hirsch rims are probably the only ones I’d buy for a 9-5. As pretty as the OEM rims are, they’ve never appeared particularly “sporty” to me, and the Hirsch rims certain solve that problem. Add a small, tasteful rear spoiler, and it would look absolutely beautiful!

tunnan
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tunnan
5 years 8 months ago
That’s OKl, Hirsch and Saab. Maptun and GS/BSR can do the same job and cheaper to get me to 300 horsepower. This is bigger than just the Turbo X and many of us have 280’s from 2008 and 2009 that you could have served. Sad because with the demise of the Griffin (branded by the new Saab as a symbol of aggression), and the new “Intellectual Saab” that has distanced itself from it’s rally heritage I doubt if I’ll be back. You aren’t “quirky”, you have gone wacky and PS, we all don’t live in California; where the fruits and… Read more »
Beren Erchamion
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5 years 8 months ago

No Turbo-X!!! Bummer.

74stingray
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74stingray
5 years 8 months ago

I think we’re all being a little hard on Hirsch for not having this or that. It has to cost big bucks to have each version of software approved and I am sure they targeted the cars that number the most. The Turbo X is nice and unique and Id love to have one, but with a small number produced I cant see how it’s economically smart to offer a upgrade in which less than 100 cars, IMHO, will be tuned.

tunnan
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tunnan
5 years 8 months ago
It is not just the Turbo X it is any 9-3 with the 208 horse power motor. There are a lot of cars, my car for one, that have that as it was offered as a “silent” option in 2008 and 2009. I suppose this was not to take the thunder away from the Turbo X. Now, with that said, the carbon footprint of this car is less than the beloved 300 hp “new gen” 9-5 so how much trouble would it have been to include this car? And yes these cars do exist and sales? Well you missed not… Read more »
tunnan
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tunnan
5 years 8 months ago
The new 9-5 300 horsepower has CO2 emissions that = 269 g/km The old 9-3 280 horsepower has C)2 emissions that = 254 g/km How expensive is it to run the car on a dyno and measure the exhaust? They do it every day thousands of times a day in almost every state of the union. And, what of the Canadian market? Since when are they and the other states regulated by the California Emissions Board? If anything they are the smaller of the “niche” markets not to mention that this car is NOT limited to the Turbo X but… Read more »
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