Teknikens Värld takes the 9-3X Griffin out for a spin

The past few days here have had a heavy focus on the business side of Saab. It is only appropriate then to turn our focus back to the cars.

JH gracefully supplied us with the following manually improved googletrans of the original article (also containing 11 pictures worth checking out).

More after the jump:

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The most powerful BioPower Saab – the Saab 9-5 Aero Griffin

Many markets around the world are getting a Griffin edition Saab 9-5 for the car’s last model year in 2009.
The Swedish market, however, are getting an extra-special model, the Saab 9-5 Aero Griffin.
Saab 9-5 Aero Griffin.JPG
You Swedes can read the full details in your native tongue at Saab Sverige.
The rest of you will have to put up with my laborious (and I mean laborious) translation.
In a nutshell, the addition of a Hirsch tuning package means that the Saab 9-5 Aero Griffin is the most potent BioPower Saab you’ve ever been able to order from the factory.
From what I can tell, the car features the following standard kit:

  • Groovy leather trim
  • Harmon-Kardon sound system
  • CD Changer
  • Bi-Xenon headlamps
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Aluminium pedals
  • 17 or 18 inch light alloy wheels
  • Sports Chassis
  • Double rear exhaust system
  • High Gloss black interior trim

….and a whole bunch of other stuff that I can’t translate (there’s no cutting and pasting from Saab’s flash-based website, so I’d have to type this stuff all in by hand).
It’s not quite the TS Edition that I promoted as the 9-5’s swansong back in 2007, but it looks like a very nice goodbye model all the same.

2009 Saab 9-5 Griffin – Sweden

I covered this in snippets last night, but have just received some more information about the 2009 Saab 9-5. Bottom Line: If you live in Sweden and want a 260hp Saab 9-5 – get in quick.
Please bear in mind that this is just for the Swedish market at the moment and may not be the case for other markets, but one of the headlines for 2009 is that the 260hp engine variant, and the Aero badge, are not options in Sweden for 2009. If you want a Saab 9-5 Aero with a 260hp engine, it looks like you’ll have to sift through 2008 model stocks
The Saab 9-5 will only be available in a special “Griffin Edition” and will come in two levels of trim only – Linear and Vector (with a sports variant available). The details I’ve received so far are as follows:

First week of November (week 45) Saab will start to manufacture an “enhanced” version of the Saab 9-5. It will be named Griffin.
The Griffin model has gone through a few careful design updates and it will have additional standard
The Saab 9-5 will be available in two different versions, Linear Griffin and Vector Griffin. The Griffin models will be open for order 1st of October. And will replace all existing 9-5 models.
Exterior changes:
* Aero rear bumper including spoiler.
* The finish on the metallic frames on the headlight grill will be more like the 9-3 (not so shiny)
* New contrasting seams on handbrake and gear stick
* SPA (parking sensors standard)
* Front foglights standard
* Linear Griffin will have tinted metallic inserts on doors etc.
* On Griffin Vector Bi-xenon is standard, rain sensor, ALU63 rim (Aero MY08).
You canʼt order anymore Aeros, no 2.3t biopower as an Aero model, and there’s no 260hp engine. The following engine options are available for both the Linear and Vector trim levels.
2.0t (150hp)
2.0t BioPower (180hp)
2.3t BioPOwer (210hp)
1.9 TiD (150hp)
1.9 TiD HP (175hp)
Prices will range from 239,900 skr for the 2.0t Linear Griffin sedan and top out at 296,900 skr for the 1.9 TiD HP SportCombi. The full range and prices are as follows. Click to enlarge:

The seat you see is the new standard seat for vector griffin, itʼs available in black with beige accent, black with grey accent and beige with black accent.


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