At the Geneva Motor Show 2007, Saab presented the 9-5 Bio Power 100 concept study. With great rims and stunning, cool taillights. The exclusive leather interior of the Concept 9-5 came from Switzerland. Hirsch Performance made a carbon leather kit, consisting of dashboard, door trim and center console. Of course, the kit never got into the trade, at least not officially. What is more than unfortunate, because it fits very well with the last development stage of the Saab 9-5 I.
With the facelift, the Swedes deducted the cockpit of the 9-5 in a soothing way. There were fewer switches and buttons and the 9-5 followed more of the Saab philosophy again. At the same time, however, less valuable materials found their way into the command center. Instead of real wood was now installed faux, what the customer would not have noticed had it not been so negligent.
Dismantling the cladding begins to understand the wonders of Detroit. Because, many Saab 9-5 drivers are wondering, how could GM rattle a rock solid car? The feat, somehow unique and only possible with the Americans, was able to cut costs in Detroit through the high school of omission. Premium brands, who also like to work with imitations, give their vehicles a bit more material for noise suppression, such as simple felt. The placed between the plastic avoids the direct contact and thus unsightly noises. In the Saab 9-5 hard plastic meets hard plastic and a clever head in Detroit has probably saved so per car 80 cents. The result: No 9-5 I of the last evolutionary stage is completely rattle free.
This changes with the installation of the Hirsch carbon leather interior. Because instead of plastic, the base now meets leather and that works. Now, after all, the 5-year-old Saab looks good in the interior, just as it is for the brand. The cacophony of the unfortunate mix of materials has disappeared. Instead of two different types of plastic that meet Holzimitiat, leather now meets a single, grained plastic.
Now the silver knobs on the aeration nozzles are exchanged for black ones and the Saab is done. The black interior looks good and without rattling he goes on into the future. One thinks to sit in another car, that's the perceived difference.
Admittedly, we would have exchanged it for a 9-5 II sports suit long ago, if the development in Trollhättan had gone differently. And actually we wanted to sell it in the spring. Meanwhile, we are glad that we did not do this after the news from Sweden did not develop as hoped.
With the development in Trollhättan, the view of the car also changes. The word “sustainability” or “longevity” was not really an issue until some time ago, goes through our heads. Without replenishment you worry. But a good Saab machine can easily hold 400.000 kilometers and more with a bit of a feel for the matter. And the Saab 9-5 is a very robust base.
Our 9-5 BioPower no longer has much in common with the series. A Hirsch sports suspension, Hirsch sports steering wheel and the Swiss sports pedals. In addition, of course, the increase in performance. Now with the leather interior, it is almost perfect. Because one thing remains to be done. In Trollhättan, we noticed during our last visit, many Saab 9-5 I drive with 18 ″ turbine rims. It looks very good and makes the 9-5 look younger. The 18 ″ set of rims is already ready and will be mounted on occasion.
In the fall, then Rostvorsorge and Smart Repair is on. Because 5 years on German roads have left smaller traces of the battle and a precautionary preservation of the cavities can only be good. So that our Swede stays with us for a long time...