RedJ in a 9-5 Turbo6 by Hirsch
Robin asked what we did over the weekend. Well, I was invited by Hirsch to attend the “Continental Tuning Day.” Continental is one of the biggest tyre manufacturers, and we certainly went through a couple of tyres this weekend.
On Saturday evening there was a nice dinner with some known German tuners like AC Schnitzer, Brabus, TechArt, and others, among those there was Hirsch. Each of the tuning companies came with one of their creations, and Hirsch was there with a Saab 9-5 Turbo6 with engine upgrade and the first prototype of the body Kit.
On Sunday we spent most of the day at a handling course, where people were allowed to be a co-driver on cars like this.
A really impressive car, which I could fall in love with if I could spend 3 times the price of a 9-5 Aero Turbo6 with all Hirsch updates for a car. The TechArt Porsche is faster and maybe a little bit more fun than the Saab, but in any case certainly not 3 times as fun as this.
Most of all if you are only allowed to drive the latter one
To drive that car is a pleasure, and to do it on a handling circuit with lots of curves is it even more fun, but Mr Lenherr from Hirsch told me to step down once the wheels started to squeak.
But I think most of you aren’t interested in my driving capabilities, but the Hirsched out 9-5. Before I show you some pictures of the new body kit, let me say one thing– the cars need a desperately better gearbox if and only if you want to move it on a closed circuit. On public roads you have a car with a lot of power (the real Vmax is about 270 kph, which is more than twice of the new speed limit in Texas) with a very soft automatic gearbox.
Back to the body kit.
The body kit consists of 4 parts, a front splitter, a side skirt, a rear diffuser and a rear spoiler.
The front splitter gives the car a more mean face, as they have blacked out the centre part like the 9-3 Aero.
The sideskirt gives the car the kind of finish it deserves, as the original car doesn’t have any kind of side skirt, and the fake air outlet also disappears Let’s just say I didn’t miss it.
Moving to the back, there is a rear spoiler on the trunk lid. I don’t know if it really adds efficiency, I only know they were in the wind tunnel with the car and a aerodynamic engineer from Saab.
Apparently he was a little bit surprised when he found out that the real diffuser did really have an effect on the aerodynamics (more down force).
The diffuser won’t be compulsory for the new exhaust system, but it really looks better with it.
Besides of all that the car had a Hirsch chassis, that lowers the car 20 mm in the front and 10 mm in the back (sorry but I forgot to ask if this was relative to the Aero chassis or the standard chassis), and had those marvellous looking forged 20″ wheels.
As for wheels I must say that on Sunday I drove on a bad road with my car (17″ wheels with normal profile) and the Hirsched 9-5 (20″ wheels with low profile tyres) didn’t have much of a difference. But in any case they are also working on 19″ forged wheels for the 9-5.
Let me conclude with this, Hirsch has many projects for the future, and some of them did put a big grin on my face.