The Saab 9000, our Anna project, rolls slowly through a small village. Nothing has happened yet ... but now! Readers who are deemed to be either ini fi cient or vulnerable to the 9000 on the basis of a personal history are advised to switch off now - and continue to read it on Part 7. Because this article can affect family peace and account balance.
End of town. Free ride, accelerate, boost. The needle jumps up to the red area, the turbo whistles. Third gear, fourth gear. The turbosound mills the heart and brain, transforming men into guys. Anna has long since moved beyond the legally permitted limits. Gear number 5. Anna pulls, the turbo cheers. Turn, turn down. Like on rails, the 9000 goes through the curve, then accelerate, shift, turbo sound.
What happened? We learn Anna's flying! In Sweden there are tuning kits with up to 400 PS, but we did not want to do it that wild. Slightly more than the original 170 PS was being considered, a solution at 9000 Aero level.
Originally we wanted to test a German tuner, but that is in the summer for weeks unreachable, so out of the story. As an alternative offers specialist Maptun. For the 2.3t there are Sweden kits from 245 to 295 PS. I decide for the "small" 245 PS solution. A plus of 120 Nm and 75 PS should be enough, right?
In the package for around 700,00 € is the T5 solenoid valve, which distinguishes the soft turbo from the more heavily charged version. The valve at Saab 350,00 €, the price of the complete kit is therefore quite moderate. Maptun supplies a new engine control unit; Those who return their old controls to the Swedes will save 100,00 €.
Control unit and valve are installed quickly, the immobilizer is activated via the Tech2. Before the first ride a simple calculation. The 9000 weighs around 1.400 kilograms. With 245 PS and 380 Nm every HP must accelerate well 5,7 kilos. A power-to-weight ratio, better than 10 kilos per horsepower, is fun. An 5 before the comma is a lot of fun ...
Red numbers on it, the 9000 is compliant with the law on test drive. The 9000 feels normal in the lower rpm range. There is no sequential turbocharger, but an old-school machine. If the rpm increases on 2000 tours, it gets emotional. Boost pressure! Now you can see the 9000 with different eyes. Something pushes. The 2.3 liter drives as if a V8 was under the hood. From every speed it goes confidently forward.
The turbo is present when accelerating, the turbo needle signals sufficient pressure. That's how we love Saab, that's what made the brand what it is. From the highway to the highway. The 9000 threads in playfully. Hangs so well on the gas that you want to drive slalom around the other road users. Then the old game. After construction sites speed limits are terminated ... Small and mid-range cars set turn signals, want to sweep the old Saab from the left lane. In response to the drainers, there is thrust. Way we are!
So I play an afternoon Saab Turbo. That makes you sick, addictive. Worse, you'll never get that out of your head. On the highway you are allowed in the 5. Stay gear. The Saab flies, has always full boost. Even larger, potentially stronger cars are accelerated. Performance weight and boost pressure are everything. On country roads you sort through the corridors crisp, trucks are overtaken playfully. Yes, one may be childish. The fun potential is enormous, Maptun and Saab deliver a lot of addiction. Not to think about it, if instead of the 245 PS it would be the big 295 PS Kit ...
That's where Saab Feeling comes through. The old, almost lost feeling of fascinating turbos - as turbo lag was not a problem when cars still wanted to be driven. You do not want to get out, you want to drive, drive, drive. And because the Saab 9000 is a kid of the 80 and 90 years, the driving experience comes right through. No computer program, no sound generator falsified. The 9000 is what it is: the understated limousine with the Maptun Kit. A dignified, old, inconspicuous, extremely fast car. The almost forgotten product of a brand that has virtually no one else on the screen except us fans. Pure fun!
Saab had one 280 PS version in progress, with four-wheel drive. Unfortunately, this 9000 never came in series. Audi brought the V8 at the same time. Saab was at eye level and on the way up. The product was there, lacking the courage to make a big leap. Anyway, we have the cars, we have the fun. Engine and transmission can handle the extra power, the front-wheel drive copes amazingly well with the 245 PS. But nothing in the world is without disadvantage.
Of course, I realize that in real life, many 9000 are traveling with even more horsepower. As a blog you have to be compliant with the law. Therefore the hint: If one wants to celebrate the Maptun experience, there is no way around the legalization. Magic word: individual acceptance. In addition, you should think about better brakes, which I anyway do anyway, and change the turbo hoses. That too is already on the list of things to do.
Technical questions, availability, and everything else about the Maptun Kit are answered by Till Drescher from Cardyourcar.eu, Maptun will be releasing 20% kits on the fall promotion. Do you want to have one? I guess so. More draft is good. The 9000 is one of those things that does not age but gets better. Or the more desirable the more mobile computers penetrate our everyday lives.
In Part 7 we draw the resume of the action. Only as a stopover, Anna will continue to accompany us. In the next part we will be philosophizing about the future of the Saab 9000, it's about money. What is Anna really worth? An appraiser will help us. Exciting how he rates the Saab 9000.