Dynamic? Why, surely! Stefan Rundquist on the Saab 9-5.

The new Saab 9-5. A big car, a heavy car. Stefan Rundquist demonstrated in 2010 in the new Saab 9-5 that size does not have to exclude dynamics. Quite casual and very impressive. In principle, the suspension was fine-tuned. What is missing is the finishing touch in the series. But that was not the issue in early summer 2010.

Dynamic? Why, surely! The Saab 9-5 NG.
Dynamic? Why, surely! The Saab 9-5 NG.

Saab had always had a knack for the big models with the running gear. The 9000 was remarkable in its day, the old 9-5 set standards in the 90s. It was the first Saab with a split rear axle, safe and yet dynamic. A hit straight away. The bar for the new 9-5 was quite high 10 years ago.

The new one weighed almost 4 hundredweight more than its predecessor. The length exceeded the mark of 5 meters for the first time, not good conditions for a lot of dynamism? The bare facts are deceiving. The 9-5, with the HiperStrut suspension at the front and H-arm handlebar at the rear, can be fascinating. DriveSense enables damper control in real time, Haldex with eLSD perfects the system.

The all-wheel drive with optional electronic limited slip differential (eLSD) distributes the power as required. Rarely before has it been possible to drive a full-grown Viking ship so convincingly and dynamically across country roads.

5 meters of Swedish dynamics

The result appeals not only in theory, but also in practice. Driving the Saab 9-5 is fun, only in fast, tight highway curves does physics show the Saab its limits. Stefan Rundquist, then at Saab Automobile AB as “Performance Integration Manager”, lets the 9-5 fly over the course. He does it casually. Of course, the obligatory moose must not be missing, the big Saab dodges him playfully at high speed.

10 years ago, at the launch of the new 9-5, Saab made the film contribution to the press. In practice, the tuning of the chassis turned out to be good and safe, and also dynamic. What was missing was the finishing touch. Customers criticized this and Saab corrected it. Gathered experience on site, let vehicles drive over English country roads. As a result, the coordination improved from week to week, and comfort increased. The Saab matured to an astonishing degree in the few months of its production.

With the end of Saab, Stefan Rundquist, the man who lets the 9-5 fly so casually in the video, also loses his job. What is he doing today? He continues to test cars, still lets them fly. Profited from his competence Colmis Proving Ground, a test track in northern Sweden. He will still enjoy his work. Even if it is no longer Saabs that he moves.

5 thoughts on "Dynamic? Why, surely! Stefan Rundquist on the Saab 9-5."

  • Still a pretty car after 10 years.

  • Also a nice car (very big sigh), in which there are more liters of lifeblood than copies were built.

    Would have been nice if it had gone up again without GM. A really crazy story, this Saab story. And pretty paradoxical.

    Every model actually has a good reputation, but it was never really exploitable commercially. Do you have the signs of the times, missing the crucial tick too long?

    And what kind of signs would that be?
    The wide range of models, faster model changes?
    And what would Ove have said?

    Did Saab even have the opportunity to generate new customers without risking regular customers?

    Maybe Volvo's way is actually one and the right answer to these questions?

    Volvo was early on and has been a grand master for many years in artificially expanding its range of models. No matter what new developments you had at the start, you continued to build older boxes in parallel.

    The vehicles were partly identical in terms of their utility value. An example: the 240 is based on the 140 and the 850 (with modern engines and front-wheel drive) in response to Saab appeared in 1991.

    Nevertheless, Volvo retained the 1968 presented in 140 as the 240 to 1993 for a total of 25 years, although this offered no added value compared to the 850, chassis and engines were worlds apart and the dimensions inside and outside, including the trunk volume of the old and new station wagons, so to speak were identical.

    That was a bridging of the conservative existing customers with a soft spot for rear-wheel-drive but proven concepts for potential new customers with higher and sportier demands. With the 900, which was later renamed together with the 850 in the course of the newly introduced model designations (in V90 and V70, respectively related to the station wagons), Volvo even continued its conservative and rear-wheel drive vehicles until 1998.

    Between the 850 and the exclusive range of front-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicles, there is a period of familiarization of around 7 years and a range of models that Saab has never offered its customers - even without the 400 and C30, S or V40 already being used mentioned ...

    Yes, maybe that's the answer? And yet it has been and remains a paradox for me why a brand (Saab) that only built good cars with a lot of passion could no longer and was not allowed to build more of this type?

    After all, it is antiparadox that every Saab ever built is a very special car. That is set.

  • One should also not forget the conditions under which the car came onto the market. That was a respectable achievement from Muller!

  • It is tremendous in what a short time the Saab technicians have brought the improvements onto the road !! I once had the pleasure of driving one from the first series. To be honest, I was pretty disappointed at the time. From the chassis, but also from the quality. Both seem to have improved significantly in the short term, respect!

  • And how the statement is true. Whether slow or fast (if only the limiter were not) the chassis was never overwhelmed.
    Then there is the ingenious consumption. 10,5l on average for a 6-ender with the weight, which is often moved in the upper speed range (no, not the recommended speed but unfortunately the existing limiter speed) with a motor that was designed more than 10 years ago ... RESPECT.

    My 9-3 consumes more in places.

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