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.
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.