• Jul 2, 2010
2010 Saab 9-5 – Click above for high-res image gallery

The 2010 Saab 9-5 hasn't even lost its new-car smell yet and already tuners are coming out of the woodwork to churn out power upgrades for the car's three available engines. If you happen to find yourself in Europe and holding the keys to a brand-spanking new 9-5, Hirsch is claiming that it can pull up to 335 horsepower from the Aero's 2.8-liter turbo V6 engine. That's around 35 more ponies than what Saab shells out from the factory – not huge numbers, but still a useful increase.

According to enthusiast website SaabsUnited.com, Hirsch can bump the output from the not-for-North-America 2.0-liter turbo-diesel from 160 horsepower to 190, and the 220 horsepower four-cylinder engine can be massaged to 260 ponies with a little effort. It isn't immediately clear how much the Hirsch upgrades cost, or what goes into pulling the ponies from the existing engines. We're guessing the program is little more than an ECU reflash, possibly with a less restrictive exhaust or air intake to boot, but we could be wrong. Either way, we wouldn't be surprised to see similar efforts pop up in our neck of the woods soon.



Photos by Chris Paukert / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.

[Source: SaabsUnited]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Anyone else think the setting for these photos is a bit odd... a sawmill / dirt road / pile of logs? Maybe for an SUV, but for a SAAB sedan?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I've never owned a truck or SUV and I've driven in locations like that a lot. Thus, it's not odd to me at all.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Saab's are kind of like Volvo in their marketing: the luxury utility vehicle. They have excellent traction control for off-road driving, snow, etc. ... one of the first electronically variable traction control systems in a car, actually, much like Land Rover's system. You hit a button for "snow" and the car will start in second gear, changing ignition timing and turbo compression to decrease torque and wheel spin. That's exactly the kind of thing they need in Sweden.

        They're really capable vehicles, you might be surprised.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ok, Fixitmop, I guess Torque is wrong in your case, but man, a pile of logs? And you're saying that's your overalls covered life... I'm starting to feel sorry for you now... I'll just stop there.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's 'cause Saab is bringin' the wood with 335 horses, baby!

        [/sarcasm]
      • 4 Years Ago
      http://www.maptun.se/tuningGuide.php?kategori=669&produkt=2933&model=2926&listorder=89

      260 to 470 hp, and that´s just a standard kit, they also do custom tuning easaly above that.
      That was what Maptun, a very compentent Swedish SAAB tuner, did to the old 9-5 engine, just wait until they develop a kit for the new one :)
      What´s good with Hirsch is that it´s factory approved, as said before, therefor the reletivly small HP increase, to keep it a bit safe. :P
      • 4 Years Ago
      wait, did you honestly just suggest "performance" and "lexus" go together? wow.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought I read somewhere that the new Saab was being limited in the horsepower their cars could produce for a period of time by the terms of the sale...

      Found it! An autoblog post from a month ago.

      http://www.autoblog.com/2010/06/02/saab-working-with-hirsch-performance-on-line-of-dealer-installed/
        • 4 Years Ago
        Right, but because Hirsch is an outside provider they can get away with it. Nice little loophole for them to work with given the long standing relationship they have with SAAB. I'd be curious to see what they may do in a couple years time when the horsepower limit expires.
      • 4 Years Ago
      please dont forget that hirsch is the official tuner of saab and is backed by the factory warranty.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Factory or not. You mean to tell me this tunned car has the same amount of HP as my Infiniti G37
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not impressed! this car should have had this much horsepower to begin with. SAAB needs to keep up with industry standards, all the cars that the 9-5 competes with have this amount of horsepower or more .

      oh yeah and this is coming from a current Saab owner.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh please. Do you know how many 350+ horsepower cars I pass every day in my 170hp car? A lot of horsepower isn't that important for most of these buyers, and most who buy a car for its hp rating never tap that potential.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Um I would also like to add that Saab is under stipulation to not directly compete with GM or alter their cars essentially making them better then a Cadillac till if I recall 2012 or the redesign...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Your ignorance is amusing. I have a 2005 9-5 Aero, 93k miles, during that time its needed a sensor for the rain sensing wipers (not really common apparently, guess i was just unlucky) and a battery.... besides normal service items (oil, tires, etc). I had a 2001 9-3 Viggen, had it for 65k miles or so, only thing i recall it needing was the sensor that indicated if the top was properly latched. Both cars got/still get in excess of 30mpg highway driving at 75 mph, and the Viggen made 236whp factory (dynojet), not too shabby for 2001, no idea what the 9-5 is putting down, but they are the same motor, although i'm sure there is some variances in tuning, and i don't think the 9-5 was as underrated as the Viggen. Also i'm pretty sure Lexus isn't exactly smelling like roses right now, my 9-5 only goes fast when i tell it too.... nor does it blow up when rear ended... *shrug*
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not bad.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Saabs are kind of nice cars ... they drive like a driver's car. And their XWD system is superb. It's a shame they don't get more publicity.

      A little tuning like this straight from the factory would make them a lot more compelling when cross shopping against the likes of BMW or Audi. A 300-350 hp Saab XWD 9-3 would be high on my list in that $35k segment! A 210 hp Saab XWD 9-3 for $35k... not so much unfortunately.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I was impressed until I read "35 hp increase".
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's awesome! The faster it can move, the less I have to actually look at it!
        • 4 Years Ago
        So are you saying the 300 hp stock number is pretty good to begin with?
      • 4 Years Ago
      if you also want to drive what everyone and their mom drive, yes you drive a lexus.
      lexus: the brand for drivers who are mostly blind sheep.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ive never owned a Lexus or Infiniti but im sure they have there problems as well. But I must agree with you when you said these cars are always in the shop. I own a Saab 9-3 and my car is broke every other week (Peice of junk). And to add to that 98% of Mechanics dont know how to work on Saabs or have the parts to put in them. Let alone can most people even locate where to place the key to start it up.
        • 4 Years Ago
        what year 9-3 do you have? the new generation 9-3 in europe is one of the most reliable cars in its class besting the c class and a4.
        • 4 Years Ago
        2002 Saab 9-3 obvisouly the year they had all there glitches and problems. Ive had this car for a little over three years now and it has low mileage for its age. But with all the recent problems ive had with it, its really left a sour taste in my mouth. I wish the best for Saab, but I will not be a repeat customer.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My parents have a 2002 Saab 9-5, and they've had lots of little trouble with it, but it rides nicely and is a great interstate car. 50-70 mph passing is superb. But I can commiserate about that year of Saab vehicles. It's my understanding they've gotten much better, though, for what it's worth.
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