• Mar 1, 2009
Click above to watch the video of the Saab Performance Team

This latest video of the Saab Performance Team is just as depressing as it is cool (additional helpings here and here). The cool part is obvious: when's the last time you saw a guy put a yellow convertible on two wheels across a frozen lake and drive it with one hand on the wheel? Depressing because it reminds you of how cool Saab is, which leads to remembering that Saab is bankrupt. Still, it's well worth the watch, and you even get footage of the coming 9-3X, and proof that the company should be saved, if only for the Performance Team. Follow the jump to check it out.

[Source: TurboNines]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Beast.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Saab wants to be BMW when it grows up. Volvo sorta chases Audi. BMW should buy Saab, its meant to be.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Either you whippersnappers are too young or you just plain forgot, but back in the day if you wanted to be a certified "Yuppie" you had to drive either a BMW or a Saab.

        Love,
        Grandpa
      • 5 Years Ago
      Anyone else notice how skinny the tires were on the two red cars?
      • 5 Years Ago
      those "old" sedans look like they could run circles around a corolla.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't understand contradictory statements.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cool video, I still say Hyundai should buy Saab and made this their luxury division.
        • 5 Years Ago
        But SAAB is irrelevant, i read so many positive things about Hyundai, Sonata is great the Genesis (both of them) are amazing, Kia Forte is cool. Hyundai has everything in the world happening for it. SAAB is a unit of Government Motors that is in bankruptcy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's an interesting thought. It might work. However, Hyundai seems intent on making itself the luxury brand and KIA the sporty brand, so I'm not sure how SAAB would fit in there.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Making Saab their luxuary brand would be a really stupid move. Saab isn't a luxury brand, luxury prices for a non luxyury car is the reason Saab hasn't shown profit in the last ten years. A new owner should take Saab back to what it was 20 years ago, quirky afordable cars. A new owner should expand the model program and lower the prices to compete with VW, Opel, the french and japanease. Same could be said about Volvo, no one pays that much when they can get a real luxuary car for the same money. Except here in Sweden where people buy V70s in droves.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Saab is a name I will miss, they have had some decent cars in the past and their design language is unmistakable. Their concept cars are truly captivating and their Performance Team is simply awesome. I hope they find a better patron and a better future, rather than become a footnote in the pages of automotive history.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Saab has not filled for bankruptcy.

      I have been seeing that mistake being repeated over and over again in various media.

      Saab applied for "restructuring" under swedish laws. That's a mechanism to AVOID a potential bankruptcy at a later stage.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think the "Born from Jets" ad campaign killed Saab, nothing else. OK it wasn't that ad campaign, but c'mon it was pretty bad.

      I want that drivers job. Even if the job may be gone in six months it would be worth having for a short bit.

      I wouldn't say Saab is irrelevant, they just haven't redefined what they are like every other car company has done year to year. Name one exciting product in the last five or so years? They have done the Bio-fuel push but w/o good advertising. You make your own peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, so eat 'em Saab. Eat 'em good.

      www.twoseconds.net
        • 5 Years Ago
        one exciting thing: turbo x.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well first of all the video is lame.

      Also, SAAB is as dead as they come, those sedans are old and look a lot like Corolla, and that SUV is nothing more, nothing less than a Chevy Trail Blazer that claims that its daddy used to be a Jet Fighter.

      Now if you really want to see hardcore auto action see this video (until the end)

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Fe17mCBzAk


        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, the 9-3x definitely has one thing the Corolla doesn't: character.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nah. This beats the BMW drifting any day. That said, no one could even DREAM of touching that Iraqi bike drifter!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, some jackass in a BMW using public roads as his own personal playground, and putting others lives in danger, so cool!

        I have seen alot better videos than this, but I doubt you could do better.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You guys made a mistake. That not the Saab Performance Team, that's Sven from Saab's shipping department smuggling their current inventory past a border checkpoint into Norway.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wasn't all that impressed (other than the guy on 2 wheels). It's a typical day going to work in Wisconsin.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Okay, anyone with advanced driving skills can make a car look cool. You could spin out on ice to cool music in a Chrysler Sebring and it will make a cool video, but it doesn't mean the car is worth buying.

      Poor Saab. Could have been great.
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