Sad in Trollhättan (Part 2 / 2)

The recent Saab past is full of unique pieces and unanswered questions. There they are Hatchback prototype of the Saab 9-5 NG, which were unfortunately scrapped. The 9 5 with the V6 power diesel; the 9-5 pre-series sports suits that ended up at the recyclers; the many variants of the 9-5 NG sedan.

V6 FWD - no XWD
V6 FWD - no XWD

Saab 9-5 Turbo6 XWD, only available with automatic according to the price list, was also available with manual gearshift. Why? Not clear. Another, mysterious Saab stands in a scrap yard near Trollhättan and is waiting to be dismantled. I became aware of the 9-5 when walking through the area due to its unusual paintwork ...

The only 9-5 NG in green metallic?

The color, a rich dark green metallic, never existed in series. It is this classic Saab color that many Saab 9000 and early Saab 9-5 wore in the first series. Maybe it's not quite trendy, but it's a timeless color that makes cars look respectable and noble. The sedan is doing really well, and in conjunction with the bright interior like the Saab. Why is there only this one car in the paint shop, but no other vehicles in this color? An option for later model years? That too is a mystery.

V6 - front-wheel drive. A unique piece.

What at first glance looks like a normal Saab 9-5 NG sedan in a junkyard is - if we look closely - in reality a triple one-off item. The Saab 3-9 Turbo5 is ... yes what actually? A V6 without an XWD. We only know 6 turbo hp with all-wheel drive, this has front-wheel drive. There wasn't officially, would only make sense if the Turbo300 XWD was viewed as too heavy and thirsty. It is, if we're honest. A few kilograms less would have done him good. What was Saab planning to do with the V6 FWD? An addition to the offer? We do not know it.

The first Saab 9-5 NG?

The Turbo6 sedan in linear configuration - with a rear spoiler ex works and front-wheel drive - is truly unique, but only because the first Saab 9-5 Linear from the second series that rolled off the line in Trollhättan is here. VIN 00001 tells the truth, does not allow interpretation. Actually !

Because, and that makes the story more confusing, there is the Saab 9-5 NG number 1 at least a second time. The double but official Lottchen with the VIN 00001 is in the Bil Museum. An 9 5 NG Aero V6 Aero with XWD, Gray, US Specification. The explanation for this: The VIN number 1 plays in this case with the equipment code. There is a Linear, possibly a Vector, an Aero with the number 00001.

The fact is, the museum does not have to worry about the exclusivity of its exhibit. Our number 1 from the junkyard, the V6 with front wheel drive, is still relatively complete, the condition good. But his destiny seems inevitable, he is being cut down. Unless a collector has courage, money and luck and can buy the Saab. But it does not look like that afterwards.

Strangers, without very good local connections, have little chance with such stories in Sweden anyway. Maybe there is a Swedish Saab fan who reads the blog and knows the junkyard near Trollhättan. The Turbo6 is a collector's item, nothing for everyday use, nothing for approval. And also not serviceable, as the Orio software does not know this configuration and its components.

If there were a rescue operation, I would be happy! Unique pieces that are part of Saab history should not end up in the junkyard!

Addendum: There were 4 Saab 9-5 NG in this livery, the Saab presented is the last survivor. The 9-5 V6 FWD was not assembled on the regular belt but “by hand” in Trollhättan.

26 thoughts on "Sad in Trollhättan (Part 2 / 2)"

  • Yes Tom, of course you are absolutely right! Greetings from the CH. Hans

  • Luminous, of course

  • A lightweight would intersieren me

  • Of course you can not compare 9-3 / Viggen with 9-5 NG. With 9-3 I, the chassis is in principle near 230 PS near the limit. The 9-5 NG 260 horsepower from the Turbo4 / BioPower drive very pleasurable, only at full power recall you notice the Turboelche. I think Saab would have done the 300 PS somehow quite well, the V6 brings even a few extra kilos on the front axle.

  • When I had my viggen I once drove the 306 PS HP Viggen! The car could hardly drive straight out of sheer force! Since the limit was clearly reached at the FWD resp. exceeded. But of course, the passage in the 306 PS Viggen was just amazing!

  • Wow what a great color! I've already written before, why are there no more cars with these dark, rich shades of green? My 95 NG now and then shimmers a bit in green ... as a glacier silver metallic. It's just more silver than green, but in 2012 I didn't have a choice of color anymore, so I had to take it or leave it! And I took it and I'm very happy with it!

  • or computer-controlled. The problem occurs mainly in certain driving situations, such as keyword Kavalierstart, on, and you can probably easily abrase today.

  • Just compared images on the internet. The RA 629 DOHC is very similar to the currently available L 630 DOHC. This is used according to Wikipedia by:

    L630 applications (US):
    2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee power 243 horsepower (179 kW, 240 hp) @ 3600 rpm, torque 420 lb · ft (570 N · m) @ 2000 rpm

    2014 Ram 1500 power 243 PS (179 kW, 240 hp) @ 3600 rpm, torque 420 lb · ft (570 N · m) @ 2000 rpm

  • With the 9-5 Og there was also a deer tuning on 300 hp ... where the front-wheel drive should have been slightly overwhelmed there.

    Does the engine of the green 9-5 really 300 Ps or has one throttled with respect to Fwd?

  • The 9-3 was also available with 300ps and fwd

  • According to rumors, there were - GM-Like - problems with the EU5 and even more logically with the EU6 standard. Or maybe the whole project was too expensive. What an engine can cost for a manufacturer when purchasing is not very much.

  • "What was Saab planning to do with the V6 FWD?"

    Could imagine that this and other unique pieces only served to strain components during test drives properly. For example, the clutch and the manual transmission or just the FWD.

    If these combinations hold out the V6, then especially the 2.0. It was not untypical for SAAB, first of all, to over-dimension quality and safety and, secondly, to put it to the acid test.

  • Is there actually more information about V6 diesel from VM Motori? Why was not he built in series and was he also planned with XWD?

  • Automatic. Scrapyard: Redox Bilfarm, Knuts Väg 4, Skepplanda (near Trollhättan).

  • Is this a manual or an automatic? What is the name / address of the junkyard? Thanks.

  • That's exactly how mine was!
    Hingehuched exactly 3 years ago.
    Without equals.

  • Actually, such a piece of Saab history should end up in the museum and not in the junkyard ... a shame about this unique 9-5

  • I can imagine that the 300 PS FWD was sorted out because of the driving behavior - 300 PS that only act on the front axle, that sounds like slippage and understeer when cornering.

  • They don`t wont those cars back on the road!

  • Top color combination! For me, green combined with beige leather is still the epitome of timeless elegance. The color will definitely come back - every bet! Once I had a 9-5 I AERO in scarab green metallic with light leather and a (partially) wooden steering wheel, wooden dashboard and wooden automatic lever, I've never seen it like this again. Also such a car, which I should never have been allowed to sell ... :-(. Drives today (hopefully still) in Norway.

  • The supply of spare parts is relatively relaxed. Gaps that can exist as with any manufacturer, are closed by the commitment of Saab partners.

  • Unknown. For the 9-5 in amber-orange, expectations were between € 9 and € 11.000.

  • Why don't they offer them to fans at a fair price “as is where is”?

  • Where are the prices for such a vehicle?

  • If you read all this, you would think so that there are many mint replacement parts for the relatively rare 9-5 NG right?

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