Another entry in the SU Hi-Po Challenge.
This one comes from Till72. Unfortunately I’ve got to say that Till has succumbed to the temptation of designing the halo car that he’d like to see, rather than the halo car that Hi-Po advocates have said they’d like to see. As much as I’d enjoy seeing this car myself, it just doesn’t meet the criteria.
Still, here it is…..
Just a quick idea for a, well, halo car. Maybe it’s not a real halo car, more a top of the line addition fort he more power hungry. I’ll ignore the demand for 350 hp because I personally think this is not nessesary for the car I have in mind.
My base is the current 9-3 where we have a bunch of Hirsch upgrades available:
1. As soon as the 2,0T DI engine is available with the facelift you can use the 260 hp upgrade for the 9-5. From what I’ve heared it may even develop 270 hp. No need for a V6, a 4-cylinder engine is more Saab.
2. XWD to handle the power.
3. Use the Hirsch suspension and brakes.
4. Put the complete Hirsch exterior package (carbon body kit, spoiler, honeycomb grille, exhaust and diffusor) on the car.
5. Apply the Hirsch leather interior and steering wheel.
6. Use the Hirsch 19“ wheels.
Some may say now that this is a car you could configure on your own. To make it more unique I’d do a few special things:
1. Offer just one special color like „Viggen blue“ or „Monte yellow“ that is not available on the standard models.
2. Use this color also on the rest of the car. For example on the stitching of the interior, accents on the leather seats and maybe the brakes.
3. Make the Hirsch wheels unique by a translucent gunmetal grey finish.
4. Do not offer these special parts as options on the standard models later (as done with the TX edition)
5. Limited number of for example 999 cars. Or 93 per year. Or…
A model mix of SportSedan, SportCombi and Convertible would be fine but as there is no XWD on the convertible I might limit it to Sedan and Combi.
About the costs…
Certification of the performance upgrade will be done anyway so it’s no real extra cost on that car. The complete Hirsch hardware might cost around 12000 Euros retail price. But as I can imagine that Saab gets a better price and you can count off some bucks for not having to use the standard parts and add some bucks for the use of special colors I’d estimate the extra cost at 7500 Euros. Using a special color on the car should not cost too much. The thing that’s hard to estimate is the cost of colored leather fort he seats. I had the cloth on the cloth/leather seats replaced with red leather in my recent Sport Combi and it cost me about 800 Euros so it should not be that bad.
Let’s estimate the additional cost at 8000 Euros. So the car could be sold at a reasonable price.
I had loved to use the TTiD on my Saab 9-3 Troll by Hirsch but with the issue of North America I’ll stick to the 2,0T.
It would add a performance model to the current lineup and maybe create some more attention for Saab. No need for Saab to compete with M3, RS4 and so on. Saab hast to go their own way of responsible performance.