In the beginning was the stain. A small, inconspicuous blob of oil under the rear of the Turbo X. A grip under the Saab, a palpation of the shock absorbers showed the extent of the mishap. The dampers with the automatic level control suffer from incontinence. After 7 years ... or 54.000 kilometers.
All this happened in the summer 2015, and there was no replacement at the time. Orio could not deliver, Hirsch either. A conversion to damper without regulation, as a supposed alternative, excludes. The philosophy behind the Super Sport chassis of the Turbo X is designed for permanent level control. If this is missing, the rear hangs, the driving characteristics turn negative.
As a consequence, the Turbo X was temporarily shut down and, after consultation with other TX pilots, ordered a Hirsch Performance suspension. The new edition was already planned in St. Gallen, and during the summer, the alternative suspension was available. Since something always came in between, the Turbo X was only a few months in a dry hall, only in February 2016 we found time for the conversion. The Saab goes on a transporter to Kiel; I do not want to drive myself or the Saab with defective shock absorbers.
A few days later, the time has come. I stand in the courtyard of the Saab dealership and look forward to my Turbo X. How does it drive, what is the fun potential? The descriptions of other TX pilots raise expectations ...
First to the facts. Eibach is the supplier on the chassis, which is a good address for Saab. At the front, the TX is lowered by 1 centimeters, at the rear there is no change. And of course the automatic level control is on board.
The Super Sport suspension of the Turbo X, optionally also available for the Aero, is uncompromisingly designed for high speed. At Tempo 250 the Saab is so full and safe on the road, which can not be said of all Saab suspension. Disadvantage: the pronounced Stuckerneigung. Even slight bumps are enough, the TX hops over the road like a wild Easter bunny.
It doesn't have to be. The change is already noticeable in inner-city areas; if you are on the unlimited motorway, the difference becomes even more significant. The Hirsch Performance chassis does not completely eliminate the tendency to stuck, it alleviates it by around 66%. Driving becomes more pleasant, and other peculiarities also disappear. In some driving situations, the Turbo X feels light on the front axle - in busy motorway bends, for example at very high speeds.
That's history now. Is it the front lowering, are it the newly tuned springs? Or the interaction of both factors? The Saab steers more precisely, is fuller on the front axle. The phenomenon of lightness is felt only minimally for sensitive drivers. Likewise, the sway tendency is further reduced.
The Hirsch Performance suspension makes the Turbo X no comfort vehicle. He stays far away and as hard as Saab wanted. Hirsch, however, makes dealing with the TX more pleasant, while the Swiss are improving their sporty qualities and suitability for everyday use in every area. The suspension is unreservedly worth a recommendation.
And where is the disadvantage?
We have learned that every thing has to have a catch. So readers are waiting for the disadvantage now. I have to disappoint her. It does not exist. Not even at the price. The complete suspension currently costs 1.350,00 €. With installation at authorized Saab partner is completely below € 2.000,00. Expensive? What…
A rear shock with level control costs at Orio 1.100,00 €. Since you should renew both parts, because number 2 is either broken anyway, or it will be soon, you are at 2.200,00 €. Without installation, with old front dampers, and you keep the standard chassis with its disadvantages.
No question. I'm always a friend of "Saab Original". And always an advocate of the Orio. In this case not. The better and cheaper product comes from Switzerland.