Time for another Hi-Po Challenge entry, this time from Alan H.
This proposal uses a lot of things that are at Saab’s disposal right now, which makes it more affordable, however there is still no identification as to what element of the current program gets the chop.
Additionally, the engine choice just won’t cut it as far as the Hi-Po advocates that I’ve seen in comments are concerned. It’s highly unlikely that it would tune to the baseline power requirement and even if it could be tuned that high, there would likely be serious refinement issues when compared to the class of vehicle it would expect to go up against.
My thanks to Alan for the proposal.
To get a cost effective halo car to market quickly (i.e. before the new 9-3 arrives) I would:
- Use a 4 cylinder 9-5 (I would prefer the new BMW engine but the GM based engine is OK).
- E-85 capable if possible
- Tuned by Hirsch for more power and torque.( Maybe some other unique engine upgrades that may be filtering down to series production later)
- Interior upgraded, probably use Hirsch stuff, with maybe some unique touches for this model. This would include the seats also.
- Hi-per strut front suspension and upgraded rear suspension. Hirsch suspension tuning
- Upgraded brakes (current Saab accessory or Hirsch)
- Hirsch or upgraded wheels.
- Unique color choices. Not really expensive to do.
- Exterior gingerbread/upgrades. Spoilers, mirrors, fascia changes.
- AWD but with the new electric rear axle. First car to get it–showcases the technology.
- Need to upgrade the transmission. Might need to be an automatic due to item #10. Saab is already working on this I’m sure. This is the one area not much info is known about yet.
So what do we have? A cost-effective and unique SAAB with all the traditional Saab characteristics or safety, handling, performance and fuel economy. This model would showcase Saab’s new technology they have already invested capital into. The price would be acceptable. Fuel economy would be excellent. Performance would be excellent with the extra torque provided by the new electric rear axle. You have a unique SAAB much in the same tradition the Viggen was.
This car should be able to meet the upcoming emission and fuel economy requirements that are forthcoming worldwide for the next several years. The German’s are heading to responsible performance with smaller engines, turbos, etc—this is Saab’s answer!
Quick to market, cost effective, and so SAAB. Showcasing their technology and core competencies (couldn’t resist the MBA term).
P.S. If we want to wait a little bit longer, this would also work with the new 9-3.