It took a long time for the first Griffin components to find their way to us. Actually, I would have expected it earlier and with another source. Now a limited number of Saab 9-3 Griffin components such as radiator grills, steering wheels, dashboards and bumpers are available to us.
The facelift of the Saab 9-3 at Griffin level was undoubtedly one of the best things in the Spyker era. Saab designer Simon Padian and his team did a great job. Not only the blog team agrees, author Lance Cole also writes in the new Saab book “... it makes the 9-3 noticeably cooler and saabiger ...”Small things, big impact! What appeals most is the modified grill insert with the enlarged Saab lettering, which is embedded in a stylized airplane. Based on the design of the 9-5 II, it goes back to the legacy of aviation.
The new bumpers, here the aero version, are a bit fresher than the pre-Griffin version and nice when you have them. All Griffin parts fit the current Saab 9-3 versions from model year 2008. Owners of a Turbo X or a 9-3 with TX package would have to color-match the grille inserts to the TX Trim, as the color scheme corresponds to the "normal" series models.
Saab Service Kiel brought the Griffin components from Sweden. In Kiel there are also 9-3 Griffin steering wheels and Griffin dashboards in stock. Some claim that it took Saab more than 10 years to deliver a dashboard that was beyond doubt. Maybe you are right, in any case the Griffin dashboard is the alternative to deer leather, which is hardly available anymore. Personal taste has to decide.
What speaks for a Griffin update? For those who have doubts about the future supply from Sweden, it is a chance to customize the 9-3. The 9-3 looks so more present and saabiger and much younger. A Christmas present for our cars and the fans, so to speak. And there's no doubt about the inner values of our Swedish turbos anyway.
The blog team has ordered the new Griffin grill inserts in Kiel for its 9-3 fleet, with the exception of the Turbo X. Let's see how the mini facelift gets our Saab's. Photos will follow when the time comes! The only thing missing is the headlights in “ice blue”. 😉 Griffin up your Saab!