Saab ‘Bigfoot’

I am going to (un)officially give the name Saab Bigfoot to the Saab 9-5 Coupe.

The Saab 9-5 Coupe doesn’t officially exist and whenever I’ve asked about the potential for a Saab coupe/hatch, I’ve been told it just wasn’t going to happen.

And yet there’s this:

The SaabNL Twitmeisters don’t post things without good reason. And to whet the appetite a little more, it’s apparently been seen twice in the last 5 days.

There was no photo to go with the sighting, though.

I have to force myself to remain skeptical about this. First of all, I’ve asked about this body style in the 9-5 range a number of times and it’s always been a (very) negative response. Second, whilst it would be a very attractive car, the number of sales would be limited and I find it hard to believe they’ve got limited sellers in their core business plan. And finally, until there’s a photo, and without knowing the source myself, one just has to remain a little skeptical.

The Saab 9-5 Coupe – it’s our bigfoot. Someone hunt it down or disprove it forever, please!

Dippen
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Dippen
5 years 8 months ago

I am sceptical if there is a coupe “the bifgoot” out there ,however Lepo have plans for a Insignia Coupe : http://www.motorauthority.com/image/100210621_opel-insignia-coupe

Dont know how easy it is to modify the current 9-5 body for a coupe but i think it is expensive and very few people ,atleast in Sweden will buy the car.

But i do belive we are not alone in the universe 😉

UWb
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UWb
5 years 8 months ago

Could possible be a “mule” for the upcoming 9-3. As it is shorter than the lengthy 9-5, they might have been forces to take out two doors.

till72
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till72
5 years 8 months ago

Would not be the first time we are confused by some mule made up from strange looking camouflaged body parts.

And a 9-3 mule sounds quite plausible but IIRC those 9-5 test cars had only front doors for real. Maybe they’re testing some new stuff on one of the old mules, just without camouflage.

rpg
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rpg
5 years 8 months ago

My thoughts exactly.

Kittciokas
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Kittciokas
5 years 8 months ago
“And again a prototype? In May of last year in France had a number of prototypes of the 9-3 spotted by our special reporter (his post at the time you read this), cars with hybrid technology and the new frugal diesels, now what our reporter else on the track. You can read his findings once again below! “While today the official premiere of the Saab 9-4X at the Brussels Salon takes place, there are several developments under way in Sweden. The new 9-5 sports state is already in the wings waiting for his spotlight moment but there is still much… Read more »
Mattzon
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Mattzon
5 years 8 months ago

I recieved a phone call a couple of days ago by a friend telling me he saw a Saab 9-6! heading for the test track in Arvidsjaur.

UWb
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UWb
5 years 8 months ago
As the subject of new development comes up, I remember during the K-egg “era” that some hopes where put on the Cargine concept. For curiosity I went to the website, to see if some news have emerged. Actually, it was saying that during 2010, a SAAB 9-5 had run the so called “Miller Cycle” (don’t ask about the meaning of this term). Some work on Volvo models were also undertaken, but since May, no real update of the site seems to be undertaken. Some persons from Volvo is also sitting in the mgmt, none from SAAB. Is this something that… Read more »
Robin
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Robin
5 years 8 months ago
Bernard
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Bernard
5 years 8 months ago
Miller cycle is a turbo/supercharged version of the Atkinson cycle (as seen most notably in the Prius). The basic idea is that intake valves are closed late, which makes the compression stroke effectively shorter compared to the expansion stroke. The engine is thus able to extract comparatively more energy during expansion (relative to the energy used to compress the air/fuel charge). Miller and Atkinson cycle motors can have higher peak efficiency, but generally not over the whole load/rpm range. They also generally suffer from poor driving characteristics, although hybrid drivetrains can help to mask this. In theory, having variable valve… Read more »
TuuSaR
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TuuSaR
5 years 8 months ago

As already mentioned, 9-5 coupe would never give money back, it must be some sort of technical mule for the next generation 9-3, so they can test the new powertrain early on before rest of the car is ready.

Bruce
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Bruce
5 years 8 months ago
2natw
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2natw
5 years 8 months ago

That came from here, look at the source. 🙂

Doctor Donk
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Doctor Donk
5 years 8 months ago

Coupe should be good but only as alternative to M6, bentley continental etc… Not a 9-5 with 2 doors with 1.9tdi

eggsngrits
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5 years 8 months ago
JAJ and VM have consistently said that these variants are too costly to develop because there is a completely new set of testing and certifications for safety, etc. for many of them. I wouldn’t put it past a few clever engineers to come up with ways to use the same test data for the 2-door as for the 4-door., so I think objection may be easily overcome. It may not be, but it certainly plausible. Prototype? Sure, could be a one-off that is used by someone in the Saab family after the project is suspended. However, don’t you think that… Read more »
Paddan
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Paddan
5 years 8 months ago

I am a believer in the old saying, “where there’s smoke, there’s fire.” And these are good fires!

Camasi
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Camasi
5 years 8 months ago

9-3 test mule is my guess.

zippy
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zippy
5 years 8 months ago

+1

Vector-SS
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Vector-SS
5 years 8 months ago

While I’ve only been a Saab fan for the last 8 years, I believe the upcoming years are going to be the most interesting ones in the history of Saab, for any Saab fan! I can’t wait until we start seeing mules, camouflaged cars, and spy shots of the upcoming models. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m super excited over here!

Kroum
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5 years 8 months ago

+1. I just love the whole drama surrounding new models – camouflaged test mules, guesses, Photoshop… 🙂

Tomas TL1000R
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Tomas TL1000R
5 years 8 months ago

+1 Now is the time to be a “Saabnörd” . Has it always been like this on SU? If, then I have missed alot of fun. This is my first 12-14 month in this community.

TTAero
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TTAero
5 years 8 months ago

TrollhattanSaab and Saabs United did go wild when:
* Dame edna pics and mules started to show up
* XWD TurboX was exposed somewhere up north
* Speculation of the 9-6x with subaru underpinnings
* 9-3 facelift was known but small elements still coverd (LED light)
* Opel mules with SAAB steering wheels hit the news
* Test 9-5 was exposed in south europe and up north
* 9-4x in winter testing

So, yes, we have hade good times over here.
Thanks Swade!

Bernard
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Bernard
5 years 8 months ago
I think a coupe would have a benefit beyond its sales figures. Style it right and it’s a real image builder for the company. From a personal standpoint, I would be more interested in a coupe version of the 9-5 than in the four door. There’s just something magical about a big two door. Of course, I used to own a 1970s American “personal luxury car” (bought it when the car was already old enough to vote), so I’m a sucker for the genre. My ideal 9-5 coupe would have a 4 cylinder turbo, great fuel mileage, a hatch (though… Read more »
CPB
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CPB
5 years 8 months ago

Is this maybe the next concept Jason Castriota was taking about–scheduled to be shown in Geneva? http://saabsunited.saabklubben.se/2010/11/interview-with-jason-castriota-part-2.html

nodrog
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nodrog
5 years 8 months ago
Sure if it exists, it is probably a mule, but VM knows the coupe market pretty well and there has been a resurgence in the number of big coupes offered. I would love a big, safe, 300HP I-4 or V8 stick shift coupe from Saab. The one coupe that VM has admitted to being interested in is the Aero-X coupe built by Spyker, so my guess (very unlikely) is that Bigfoot is 9-5 body panels attached to a Spyker platform. The Spyker platform makes it so fast that no one can get a picture of it. As to Buick, there… Read more »
Ralph
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Ralph
5 years 8 months ago

Maybe this Saabfan didn’t realize that there were two doors on the other side as well… 😉

Sven van Dijkman
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Sven van Dijkman
5 years 8 months ago

Personally I would like to see a 9-5 combi coupé (99 combi coupé / OG 900 style)! LIke the autoblog rendering but with a full but visually hidden hatch. That would be exciting in itself, what an enormous luggage capacity that would give.

But I am probably just dreaming a very Saaby dream.

Red J
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5 years 8 months ago

Something like this?

Kjell Erik
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Kjell Erik
5 years 8 months ago

Very nice. Like it a lot

Toby
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Toby
5 years 8 months ago

Ooooooooooooooooo pleeeease!!!

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