Thanks to Joe in comments, we all get validation of what we’ve all secretly, or not so secretly, thought for years: Clever people drive Saabs.
Mr. Hammond recognizes three things that make this article a beautiful read for Saab aficionados:
1. Saab is different, and different is good.
[The Saab 9-5 is] aimed at BMW’s 5 Series and the Mercedes E-Class. Big targets, but not everyone wants to own a German saloon car. And as you can see, the 9-5 looks very different.
2. Saab has turbocharging down to a science.
Our test car is the 9-5 Aero 2.0T, which means that it’s powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with 217bhp. Turbocharging is another Saab speciality.
Saab’s 900 Turbo wasn’t the first car to be sold with a turbo (a Chevrolet was) but it was a pioneer all the same.
* Note: I’ll over look the omission of the Saab 99 Turbo. Unless you’re an “insider”, you can’t get all of the history right.
3. Saab’s 9-5 can be compared to the best of the best.
Jaguar XF 3.0 – The best Jag in decades. Looks different, great interior and good to drive. The Saab’s closest rival.
Thanks for making us all feel better, Mr. Hammond.