Images from the Sno Hus – Hirsch Performance in USA

UPDATE – Kevin’s article, along with extra imagery, is now online at Autosavant.

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Kevin Miller from AutoSavant (and also a Saab owner, I might add) is attending the auto show in Detroit. He made his way along to the Saab press event outside the main show.

The big press event there was concerned with Hirsch Performace coming into the US market. It should also be noted, though, that Saab announced a $100,000 donation to the Make-a-Wish Foundation as a result of their recent test-drive promotion, which is a great result (full release at SaabWorld).

Kevin will be writing more about the Hirsch Perfomance announcement over at AutoSavant. Keep an eye on that link.

Until then, he’s given me the OK to show you these images, which he posted to Twitter earlier today. They show the 9-3 and 9-5 on display, with Hirsch modifications. They also give us a glimpse of how the Sno Hus setting was presented (looks good).

First, the 9-5…..

Saab performance by Hirsch

Saab performance by Hirsch

And the 9-3 as well…..

Saab performance by Hirsch

Saab performance by Hirsch

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My thanks to Kevin for the glimpse, and keep your eye out for more on-the-spot reporting from AutoSavant.

dave
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dave
5 years 8 months ago

OMG,

look at how sweet those wheels look, especially on the 9-5. I can not tell, but did that have the brembo brake option on it? That would look so good.
I hope that dealers sell for less than is posted on the hirsch website. I really need the 9-3 spoiler to go with all my other hirsch stuff on my car. ๐Ÿ™‚

dave

Kevin Miller
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5 years 8 months ago

Yes Dave- the 9-5 had the Brembo brakes on it. Don’t those wheels look fantastic?

Kevin Miller
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5 years 8 months ago

Here is the link to my photos and a quick write-up of the Hirsch cars and the Saab Sno Hus event on Autosavant. I’m glad to be able to share this with the Saabs United community. Enjoy!

Kroum
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5 years 8 months ago

Those wheels look killer on that 9-5. Show us the Viggen finally! ๐Ÿ™‚

Doctor Donk
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Doctor Donk
5 years 8 months ago
What was tyre size? 255? I do not get why wont Hirsch wont offer performance wheels, instead of pimp looking ones. I mean cmon that 9-5 got only “for 18 inch rims” brakes and low amount of power, Won’t in be better for both comfort, handling (not in every situation of course, sometimes lower profile is better), braking and acceleration to have 18 inch lightweight forged rims with 255 45 tyres on them. These wheels are good for lots of drivers, not for all. I do not see how can i make 200km/h on this road with 255 35 tyres… Read more »
Kanundrum
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5 years 8 months ago

I wonder if they will have the updates for the older 9-3’s with the 2.8t’s as well. Lets wait and see!

Nate 9-3
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Nate 9-3
5 years 8 months ago

The Hirsch homepage has USA with USA prices. About 50% of the products state that they are not available including the 300 HP XWD upgrade for the Turbo X. I wonder if this is being updated on the fly?

Kanundrum
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5 years 8 months ago

Its been like that for about the past month now nothing has changed really.

9-5dude
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9-5dude
5 years 8 months ago
Ahhhh… The new 9-5 with the Hirsch upgrades is probably the most beautiful 4 door sedan on the planet next to the upcoming Audi A7 (IMHO). Too bad I will never be able to afford either vehicle (9-3 or 9-5) new because they are way way way way way way way way way way way (I am not stuttering either) overpriced. You can compare all day long (apples to oranges) that the pricing of the new 9-5 is competively priced a la: A6, E320, etc but I (and other educated upper middle class professionals alike) did not buy a SAAB… Read more »
Jeff
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Jeff
5 years 8 months ago

You can get a ’10 Saab 9-5 brand new for about $41K right now. Aero V6. Never titled. Optioned out like a premium BMW costing $55-60K. You’re right. It is a bargain.

In other news, I can’t deny that leather dash looks good. Maybe a bit plain, but the grain is high quality and I think it really adds a premium feel. Hope to see one in person soon, maybe the next auto shows.

Phoenix
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Phoenix
5 years 8 months ago

Sounds strange. With a salary like that I would have no problem walking straight in to my dealer and order a new 9-5 Aero. And the price for a Swedish Aero is about 60-75k. Our taxes are much higher but you still can’t buy a 9-5 for 40k?

Paddan
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Paddan
5 years 8 months ago
9-5 dude – your best option appears to buy used when you are ready, but having owned a 2007 9-5 SC Aero and a 2009 9-3 SC Aero XWD, I can’t agree with your opinion that it’s just a ho-hum Opel or Vauxhall with a turbocharger. It has some GM switchgear like your 9-5 but it is all Saab, and I should know because vie owned many Saabs of every model for over 30 years. I think Saab’s main goal should be to support resale of it’s cars so they lease more competitively (they never had great resale value) and… Read more »
Peter, Sweden
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Peter, Sweden
5 years 8 months ago

Looking awesome! But I just can’t figure out why they didn’t have the back spoiler on the Hirsched 9-5 — I think it looks even more fantastic with the spoiler, just look at it! ๐Ÿ˜€

Phoenix
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Phoenix
5 years 8 months ago

Both cars looks amazing and I love the wheels on both of them. Good move to show the Hirsched versions because they show how you can make a great car look even better. The 9-3 holds up the years in an amazing way. The thing I would like to change is the tail lights that I think look a little bit old. Will be interresting to see how they handle the face lift.

Pat h
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Pat h
5 years 8 months ago

It’s 60k here for a vector 9-3, and the aussie dollar is higher than the us :((((

Phoenix
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Phoenix
5 years 8 months ago

To me it sounds high but that’s becuase I compare with what I know in the country I live. Other things like overall tax pressure, median income etc. etc is different in different countries. What’s important is that it is priced according to its competitors in that country. But 60k either way sounds like Norway pricing ๐Ÿ™‚

Also want to put my thoughts to all in Australia that lives in Queensland. What a disaster to a lot of people and for the whole country I guess. An area as big as two times Sweden is flooded. It’s hard to imagine.

saabdude
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saabdude
5 years 8 months ago

I sure hope the FULL Hirsch line is available in the US sooner than later.

I would LOVE a “tarted up” 2.0L T 9-5 with a 6-spped manual & XWD…and would place an order for one in a heart beat! ๐Ÿ˜€

Come on folks…make it happen.

saabdude
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saabdude
5 years 8 months ago

EDIT:

Ooopppsss.

Well…looks like I should have kept on reading before posting the above. My bad…

http://saabsunited.saabklubben.se/2011/01/hirsch-performance-comes-to-the-usa.html

Seems like it WILL happen sooner than later. Yippeee!!

Paddan
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Paddan
5 years 8 months ago

I am under the impression that in the US, the 2.0 engine won’t be available with XWD until MY12.

saabdude
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saabdude
5 years 8 months ago

That’s OK for me…as I am locked into an Audi lease until 2013…but I hope for the sake of others that the XWD 2.0 T makes here soon. I’m sure SAAB are working on it.

Seb C
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Seb C
5 years 8 months ago

The best news to me is that when the refresh comes for the 9-3, it should become available with a Hirsched 2.0T good for 260hp (same as the 9-5). That’s better than the 2.8T was in the 9-3 before the Turbo X came along, and the torque figure (400NM) is the same as the Turbo X and current non-Hirsched 9-5 2.8T. That’s pretty sweet, especially since fuel economy should be much better than the V6, not to mention handling given the lower weight of the 4-cyl…

Paddan
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Paddan
5 years 8 months ago

I was lucky to get an 2009 9-3 SC Aero XWD, which has a lot of upgrades from Turbo X – and 280 HP with eLSD. But it does not have the great, fat steering wheel or vintage looking turbo gauge. I wonder what it would do if it were “Hirsched.” I was somewhat surprised that SCNA didn’t show the 9-3 with the leather dashboard surround – at least it doesn’t show on the window sticker.

saabdude
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saabdude
5 years 8 months ago

We can only hope that with the continued purging of the ex-GM types at SCNA, that SAAB can return to doing business the way SAAB used to do business. Which translates to looking out for the customers wishes…not the wishes of the bean counters only.

GerritN
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GerritN
5 years 8 months ago

Interview with Kay Segler, BMW M Division Chief.

โ€œIf young people arenโ€™t interested in exciting cars anymore, and we canโ€™t get the geniuses into the industry, whoโ€™s going to engineer the next generation of cars?โ€

http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/11/a-discussion-of-good-fast-things-with-kay-segler-bmw-m-divison-chief/#more-84615

I think Segler is making a pretty good case for halo cars.

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