• Feb 10, 2011
Hirsch Performance Saab 9-3 – Click above for high-res image gallery

That didn't take long. Just a month after announcing that it planned to make Swiss tuning house Hirsch Performance its official partner and supplier for go-fast parts in the United States, Saab has shown off one such-equipped 9-3 at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show (okay, so one was briefly displayed at an outdoor stand adjacent to last month's Detroit Auto Show).

The 9-3 you see here is outfitted with a Hirsch engine map upgrade that nets 240 horsepower (an additional 30 horsepower over the stock car), 6-Twin alloy wheels measuring 19 inches in diameter, an upgraded set of springs and a dual exhaust system. Visual updates include a rear spoiler, carbon fiber body kit with a front splitter and rear diffuser, four-piece mesh grille set and a few interior updates to remind you what you spent all that money on.

Speaking of the almighty dollar, there's currently no indication on how much all of these goodies will cost you, but we do at least know that the whole shebang will be available from your local dealer and covered under the factory warranty. A whole suite of parts will also be available for the latest 9-5. Have a look at the Hirsch Performance Saab 9-3 in our high-res image gallery below. Not too shabby, eh?

Photos copyright ©2011 Drew Phillips / AOL

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      • 3 Years Ago
      That looks so unbelievably good. Tis a shame it will be outrageously expensive for what it is... a very old car.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Quite nice. I am a Saab fan and hope they can survive. Not everyone wants a BMW or Audi. A little automotive variety is always a good thing.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The nice small touches make this car looks really good.

      But just one thing.... That center console has GOT TO GO... it looks horrible. I admit it has some charter because of it... but it looks outdated and looks like something you would find laying around back in WW1
        • 3 Years Ago
        I though, "how bad can it be"...... then looked at the pictures of the radio. Yup, it's even worse than I imagined. Time for an audio update....
      • 3 Years Ago
      Overpriced special edition.

      The new 9-3 can't get here soon enough. The current car hasn't been truly competitive for quite some time now.
        • 3 Years Ago

        in 2003 when it was new (yeah i really long time ago), it did pretty well, as it was up to date then, and honestly, i thinked the interior looked better then too, before they GM'ified it with a standard issue radio and some other non fitting components. Pretty solid handling (mechanical rear wheel steering and decent balance) it was fairly popular. That being said, that was then, and this is now. Now is the time for a new model, which will thankfully be out in the semi near future.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Do you say it's non-competitive based on what you hear or based on what you've experienced? I read all the articles and told my friend not to get one when she had some interest in it. I kept telling myself it was a dated design when someone pointed out that my quest for a 200+ HP, manual, 30+ MPG, sport wagon was right in front of me.

        Then as all the competitors dropped out and my car was approaching the point of no return, I tested one out. It didn't floor me, but I got it anyway because 1. Incentives were awesome and 2. It's the only vehicle out there that met my specs above.

        It's really grown on me in just a month. Yes, the bodystyle is a bit dated but aging well. The front is very tasteful and modern though. Besides the stereo, what some may considered dated, I find the interior refreshingly conservative. I am not a fan of the whiz bang starship control panels these days. The engine is plenty potent. The suspension could use some work, but that's easy to fix. At the current price and performance, it is a compelling vehicle. People just need to give it a chance.
        I'm looking forward to seeing if Saab keeps things enthusiast oriented and simple.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not bad, but couldn't they have cleaned off those pedals first?
      • 3 Years Ago
      As far as I know Hirsch is a Swiss tuning house and not Swedish. You know the other country starting with an S but about 800 miles south of Sweden.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yes, it's old and tired and needs to be replaced, but yay warranty support for Hirsch add ons! And yay little chrome elk head badges! I'd like to see what Hirsch will do with a new 9-5.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've owned a 900S and a 9-3. I felt the 9-3 was one of the most well designed vehicles on the market. I want it to come back but not made unpalatable by all the new cooks in the kitchen. The product was amazing up to the 2009 iteration. Here's a chance to compete. Powers that be, don't mess this up. Keep it simple stupid applies here. Add the new tech everyone is looking for in cabin (bluetooth, USB, power adapters, etc...) but update the outer styling with a very light hand and get it to us.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I always thought it was one of the more handsome cars on the road, but this is the first time I've seen one and thought that it was starting to get a little old looking, even with all the tuning adjustments.

      Still a great looking car, but I can't wait for that new 9-3 to show up (hatchback please!).
      • 3 Years Ago
      We had a "Hirsched Out" 9-3 at our dealership and it rang in at about 10k more over the price of the normal 9-3 it was upgraded from. Mind you this didnt have the remapping. I hope once Saab gets all settled in with its business it will start to look at what Hirsch is doing and make some of their options standard, like say the Leather Dash.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks good.
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