We all know what happened to the ‘last Saab’, but less is known of the others that ANA recently built.
I am pleased to announce that one of the last Griffins now belongs to my wife!
Yesterday we finally took delivery of Anna’s dream car, a new jet black 9-3 Griffin Aero equipped with the Independence Edition wheels. We reserved the car as early as May 26th, the day we were all gathered to witness the hand-over of the very last Griffin. It dawned on me that Anna’s dream to own a new Saab would probably be hard to fulfill given the current status of the factory and the brand. Richard Nilsson reminded me that ANA still had a few new Griffins left. I decided to step up to the plate.
Propelled by a 130bhp TTiD engine, it is not the fastest vehicle on the road, but it still possesses enough bite to pass the odd truck or (cough)Ovlov.
I have been very critical of diesel engines in the past since they emit much more particles than most gasoline engines. However, this car will mostly traffic the country side and won’t bother the city dwellers much. Besides, Saab’s diesel engines are said to be among the best when it comes to emissions, so I hope this one won’t be too much of a burden to others in case we do venture into a big city during the winter.
The 9-3’s fuel consumption is very good compared to what I am used to in my 9-5 BioPower. The TTiD seems to burn roughly half the amount of fuel (~5.5 liters / 100km), but much less spirited driving was had on the way home compared to my normal driving style.
Anna’s car started out as a regular Griffin, but we opted for the TurboX steering wheel as well as the Aero front spoiler and rear diffuser/exhaust system. As this effectively transforms the car into an Aero, we asked Richard to grant us the Aero-badge which the car now proudly carries.
We also requested the full leather seats (with horizontal ‘bamboo’ stripes), but a complete set has yet to surface. The lack of full leather has so far not diminished the pleasure of actually driving this car. The smile on Anna’s face speaks volumes of just how fantastic this car is and the miracle that was Saab (and still is for those of us fortunate enough to drive them). Anna has yet to take her driver’s exam, so her first drive of her new car took place in the parking lot at an undisclosed location in Trollhättan.
After the informal test-drive we headed for the Saab museum to round the day off. A museum visit always lifts my spirit, but also reminds me of what could have been…
In short: A very happy wife (+ proud hubby) and three Saabs currently in our care.