Speedparts at the Bilsport Performance Show

The Speedparts T-shirt features one of my favourite slogans….

SPEEDPARTS – That’s why I’m FASTER than you!

You might not be into performance Saabs or radical modified Saabs, but if you are then Speedparts do some phenomenal work.
Some of this work was on display recently at the Bilsport Performance Show. This is just a few of the radical and very tasty Saab collection they had on display there.
There are heaps more photos at Speedparts’ own gallery from the event.
Click to enlarge, and my thanks to Kristjan for the tip!

Hirsch Newsletter – April 2009

I’d like to extend an official welcome to Hirsch Performance – Saab’s own official tuning house – as supporters of Saabs United!
I’m quite chuffed to have these verifiably mad Swiss tuning masters supporting the site. Not only are they sponsors, they’re also the ECU tweakers for my Saab 9-3 Monte Carlo. Yes, I’ve managed to grab a no-longer-for-sale Hirsch Trionic 5 ECU for the Monte and it will be installed soon. I can’t wait.
What follows is the April 2009 newsletter from Hirsch. They have a number of new products and a number of special offers available at the moment.
I’m hoping we’ll have some more Hirsch news relating to wider availability to share in the not-too-distant future, too.
01. XWD exhaust system
Hirsch_XWD_Dual01.jpg New: Stainless steel dual sports exhaust system for all Saab 9-3 XWD
The best sounding Saab ever. Despite the distinctively sporty sound, the Hirsch Performance sports exhaust for the 2.0T and 2.8 V6 XWD has been finely tuned to avoid the typical booming at motorway speeds that can be an annoying companion for many sports exhausts. These exhaust systems were developed for the recently launched Saab 9-3 Performance by Hirsch special edition vehicle.
The sound could be described, but really needs to be experienced.
As an option, the exhaust system is also available as a set together with the new Hirsch Performance rear diffusor.
02. Suspension for XWD
Hirsch_spring02.jpg A sport suspension from Hirsch Performance is now available for all Saab 9-3 2.0T XWD and Saab 9-3 2.8 V6 XWD cars. Just like the original XWD suspension, both systems are delivered including self-levelling rear dampers.
Hirsch Performance sport suspensions lower the centre of gravity, thus improving handling and braking performance, as well as creating a sporty stance. The suspensions have been developed to ensure that comfort and handling are well balanced, and that the Saab safety systems operate correctly under extreme conditions.
The sport suspension will lower the Saab 9-3 2.0T XWD 25mm in the front and 10mm in the rear.
The sport suspension will lower the Saab 9-3 2.8 V6 XWD 25mm in the front and 15mm in the rear.
03. Springtime for wheels
10% Springtime discount on all Hirsch Performance wheels
Hirschwheels03.jpg The beautiful spring weather is attracting people outside, and also onto the open roads. What could be a better time to either replace the winter equipment with summer wheels or just to upgrade the driving experience with lightweight 18″ or 19″ wheels?
To make the upgrade decision easier, Hirsch Performance offers a 10% special discount on all wheels.
Order today, as the discount is available only until the end of May !
The 10% springtime discount on wheels cannot be cumulated or combined with other discounts.
04. Saab 9-5 Styling
Hirsch9-5styling04.jpg The Saab 9-5 is an insider favourite among business professionals who spend a lot of time on the road.
Comfortable, safe and economical with plenty of space. To make the driving experience a bit more interesting and create a sportier, more individual look, Hirsch Performance is now – for a limited time only – offering an attractive deal on styling products:
Buy one of the following:

  • a TiD dual sports exhaust (since diesel engines can sound pretty cool, too)
  • or a sports suspension (Saab 9-5 MY02-)
  • or a set of 18-inch Hirsch wheels (Saab 9-5 MY02-)

– and receive the matte chrome grill (MY06-) or mesh grill (MY02-05) free of charge.
Mesh grill MY02-05, value Euro 250.00, matte chrome grill MY06- value Euro 300.00 (RRP excl. VAT, promotion valid till end of May)
05. 9-3 V6 Styling
Hirsch9-3styling05.jpg Hirsch Performance has put together an attractive styling portfolio for the most glamourous model in the Saab range, the 9-3 V6.
The bootlid spoiler or roof spoiler and diffusor give the rear a sportier appearance, which coupled with the powerful look of the large twin exhausts, the Hirsch 18″ wheels with Michelin PS2, and the lowered suspension make a truly stylish impression.
Get a 10% discount on all Saab 9-3 2.8 V6 exhaust and suspension products. (promotion valid till end of May)
06. Special offer – Software performance upgrades for used cars
30procenteinzeln.jpg Since December 1, 2008, a 30% discount is offered on all Hirsch Performance software performance upgrades for vehicles from MY05 and older. Thanks to the positive response and high demand, this promotion is continued.
This special offer gives owners of used Saabs a chance to enjoy the Hirsch Performance driving experience at a very attractive price.
The offer is valid for software upgrades for the Saab 9-3 and Saab 9-5 from MY05 and older. The recommended retail price* is reduced 30% .
Click here to view available upgrades per vehicle type, model year and market
07. 280hp upgrade back in stock
Hirsch280hp06.jpg The 280hp upgrade for the MY02-05 Saab 9-5 Aero which due to unexpectedly high demand has been temporarily out of stock is now available again.

BSR tuning for Saab 2.0T XWD

Swedish tuning house, BSR, have just launched a new PPC tune for the Saab 2.0T XWD range of vehicles.

An interesting side note: The standard output of the 2.0T is rated by Saab at 210hp of power and 300Nm of torque. BSR do their own testing prior to tuning, however, and they rated their XWD Saab at 217hp and 310Nm. You’re getting more than you bargained for!
Anyway, back to the point of this whole post….

The BSR Stage 1 tune for the 2.0T with XWD delivers maximum power of 247hp and boosts torque to a massive 388Nm.


This gives you pretty close to 2007 V6 Aero performance for 2.0T money, with XWD grip as a bonus.

Power and control.

As with the vast majority of BSR’s tuning kits, this comes in the form of a plug-and-play PPC unit, which you plug into your Saab’s OBD connector, just under the steering column. It’s brilliant value for money.


NOTE: Prospective buyers must consider their Saab’s warranty as tuning it by this method will render your engine warranty void. Tuning by Hirsch is the only way to boost performance and still maintain your warranty.

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