Saab Review: Saab 9 5 2.3t Biopower Deer Performance

Saab 9-5 2.3t Vector Biopower, Taillight, Deer Performance
Saab 9-5 2.3t Vector Biopower, Taillight, Deer Performance

The Saab 9-5 Vector Biopower was in the production version too family suit and too little Saab. Therefore, some things have changed with the help of Hirsch Performance on Saab. First and foremost, it was about more driving pleasure, better handling and a little more pulling from medium speeds. In advance, the operation was successful.

Hirsch suspension for Saab 9-5

The standard suspension is not bad, but trimmed too much for comfort. The Hirsch suspension promises remedy. With success. The Saab Sportkombi is with the product from Switzerland a combination with sporty approaches. Now the Swede goes through the curves like on rails, driving pleasure and handling have gained noticeably - without noticeable restrictions in comfort.

Saab 9-5 2.3t Vector Biopower, Deer Performance Exhaust
Saab 9-5 2.3t Vector Biopower, Deer Performance Exhaust

Deer exhaust system

More cosmetic and the desire for more sound was due to the upgrade to a deer exhaust system. It's one of those products you do not have to have, but they are fun to have if you have them. The sound gets deeper, more sporty. When accelerating the Saab then plays the sports car - pardon sports combination. The quality is, as with all Hirsch products, fabulous. The fact that the exhaust is made of stainless steel you never have spare parts worries.

Deer Performance Upgrade

The most important detail is the Hirsch performance upgrade for the Saab 9-5 2.3t Biopower. In gasoline operation, our Swede then has 220 PS, in ethanol operation it is 230 PS. The maximum torque is E85 at 360 Nm. From 0-100 sprints the station wagon in 7.3 seconds instead of 9.5 seconds. That alone is not the whole truth.

For dramatically, for a brave family suit like our Saab 9-5, the performance gain in the mid-rpm range. You rub your eyes in wonder and think, yes, to sit in a completely different car. The spurt of 0-60 goes in slim 5.8 seconds. The sprint from 80 to 120 will be done in 7.9 seconds. A Porsche Cayman, with 2.8 liter displacement and 265 PS - and the Porsche is definitely not a station wagon - is not much faster with 7.6 seconds.

Saab 9 5 2.3t Vector Biopower, "Anniversary" seats, deer performance steering wheel
Saab 9 5 2.3t Vector Biopower, "Anniversary" seats, deer performance steering wheel

It gets really funny on the highway. The Saab is slowed down at Tempo 230, but what runs until then promotes the play instinct, as my friend Marco can confirm for sure. He was so busy recently with "games" that he has just overlooked the empty tank due to sheer childish joy. (Sorry Marco for the indiscretion

No matter - performance is always there. Tempo 200 - step on the gas - turbo needle in the red area - go the fast troll. Especially nice is the game with the pack of company car traveling field workers. Construction ends. The Saab clears the left lane, goes to the right and - gives turbo boost. The annoying, attaching Passat, Audi A4, BMW 3ers who wanted to crawl us into the cargo area at the construction site disappear in the rearview mirror. 🙂

You can start the game over and over again. Because the armada of premium drivers never learns.

The Hirsch performance enhancement harmonizes particularly well with E85. Optimization probably saves the one or the other liter of alcohol in our tank. That's just the theory. Because in practice, the play instinct always wins and you enjoy the turbo boost.

Saab 9-5 2.3t Vector Biopower, detail: door handle
Saab 9-5 2.3t Vector Biopower, detail: door handle

Hirsch sports steering wheel and sports pedals

Do you need it? Not really. But the steering wheel from the house of Hirsch just makes more joy, the sports pedals look good and give the interior of the Saab 9-5 a bit more pep.

Hirsch Performance products are always recommended. Because it's not my first Saab with deer products, hopefully not my last. After 40.000 kilometers with the Saab 9 5 2.3t Biopower Anniversary, the result is therefore positive.

Although the 9-5 of the first series has detailed weaknesses in the processing. But he is a typical long-term car. On the 40.000 kilometers, there was not a single defect, the Saab is safe and long-distance fit. Whether with full load on vacation or just on the highway alone. A Saab 9-5 Biopower must inspect all 10.000 kilometers. No problem for us, because the 9-5 is used only on long distances and therefore not too many miles a year on the way. For frequent drivers annoying is the small tank and the low gas station density for E85.

A deer upgrade is a must for anyone who is not one of the quietest in the country. Only then will the Saab become a real turbo.

Text: tom@saabblog.net

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2 thoughts too "Saab Review: Saab 9 5 2.3t Biopower Deer Performance"

  • Hello Tom and dear SAAB community.
    Last week, I also bought the 9-5 Biopower 2,3t described above last week. I have already called my local SAAB dealer (60km one way! And I have been driving 1989 SAAB and thus this route!). Hirsch tuning is ordered. I'm looking forward to it
    Must then my 9-5 Aero also overtake (timing chains). It does not work without SAAB ...

    • Hello Frank,

      Congratulations to the 9-5 BioPower. With the deer tuning you have made the right decision. He will do you a lot, have fun!

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