Back in 2007 the crew of Hirsch Performance came up with the idea of designing a Saab two door sports coupé. The purpose of that car was to create media attention for Saab and Hirsch, as well as to serve as a showcase for technology, design and product. As the Aero X had just been shown the design was inspired by that concept. But the SuperSport was not only a concept car, it was designed to be built as a limited edition of about 20 vehicles – for sale to customers.
Plans for the engine featured the V6 upgraded to 400 hp. It was even discussed to take the challenge of tweaking the V6 to run on E85. The power would have been delivered through a six-speed manual transmission to all four wheels. Yes, you get that right, the plan was to integrate XWD with eLSD in the convertible chassi. Definetely an ambitious task but that amount of engine power is the way to go. And I have no doubt that the engineers at Hirsch would have found a solution to make this work.
Further tweaks would have been the Hirsch Performance interior, bodykit, twin exhaust, sports suspension, rims and, here it gets interesting again, carbon-ceramic brakes and special sports seats.
The 9-3 convertible was foreseen as a base for the two door design. Instead of the softtop a black carbon fibre hardtop was drafted to make it a coupé and save some weight. If you take a closer look you can see that this concept featured those side flaps in the back, quite similar to the PhoeniX. The overall design is in my opinion very understated and saabish despite the obvious sportiness. This is no surprise because the design was done by Taras Czornyj, who had also worked on the 9-3 SportCombi during his time within the Saab design team. I just drool over the design of the car despite the fact that those CGIs are from a rather early stage of development.
If you wonder what the price point would have been – I was told that the target to sell the car for approximately 20-30 % above the Aero price. Very reasonable for such a piece of exclusive high technology if you ask me.
You might ask why the concept never materialized. Back then, Hirsch presented the idea and the design to Saab. The plan was to establish a collaboration to communicate and promote the SuperSport. Sadly, in those GME days Saab did not see the advantages and was not interested. So the plans ended up in the drawer. A pity to say the least. There was a lot of potential in this idea. Not only from a marketing and imagebuilding point of view but also from the technical developments. Just imagine the opportunities a V6 running on E85 had brought to a 9-5 and 9-4x.
Still, this shows that Hirsch is the perfect partner to go with when it comes to the development of top-of-the-range models for a future Saab. Why not establish Performance by Hirsch models above the Aero? I am pretty sure there are enough customers out there.
I saw the pictures of the car for the first time in March this year. Ever since that day I take a look at them from time to time and have to admit I just the design and the idea behind that concept. I know that for Hirsch Performance this project is history and there are no plans to make it reality. But I am stubborn enough to say that I would love it so much to see that car on the road. If they would really make a limited edition of 20 I am sure the other 19 would be sold in a minute. But sadly this won’t happen unless I win in the lottery and fund that plan.
Here’s another pic that in my opinion shows the most sexy angle of the car. It’s a big one, at least enough to make up a nice desktop wallpaper.