I first wrote about this special Saab Independence Edition last month, when it was mentioned by a couple of Djup Strupes that there would be a series of cars to commemorate Saab’s sale from General Motors (Saab were sold to Spyker on February 23, 2010).
What I got right in that post:
- The Independence Edition will be happening
- It will be limited to 366 vehicles for 2011
What I seemingly got wrong in that post:
- The edition could have both 9-5s and 9-3s included
From what I’ve seen today, it seems that the Saab Independence edition will be focused completely on the Saab 9-3 Convertible.
The car will be based on the Aero Convertible and will have the 220hp 2.0T Biopower engine (from the 9-5) under the hood. It will also have a number of unique features:
- A new color will be used – Sunset Red
- New parchment seats, with center strip and piping (a-la the 20th Anniversary convertibles from a few years ago, but more pronounced and in orange)
- Orange turbo instrument needle (a-la C900 and Turbo X)
- New 18″ wheels
- Hirsch leather instrument panel and other other Hirsch interior appointments
- New ‘Super Sport’ steering wheel
That 366 number is a worldwide number, not a number for each market. Each car will be uniquely numbered via an etching on the rear left window showing what number out of 366 it is.
The one thing I don’t know yet is if the specifications mentioned above are the same for all markets. I’ve received this from one particular Djup Strupe and what’s here is accurate for the market DS works in, but I don’t know if it applies to all.