Saab 9-5 Online Configurator Now Available
Recently, Saab, now under the ownership of Spyker Cars, revealed details on the testings completed by the all-new 9-5 sedan before it entered production.
The model underwent more than 500,000 km of chassis testing on European roads, in an attempt of finding the best set-up by optimizing two different suspension layouts, front and all-wheel-drive transmissions, passive and adaptive chassis functions and two steering systems with different brakes, wheel sizes and tires, as well as five powertrain options.
The test fleet included 15 cars that were driven on roads in Sweden, United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, France, Spain and Italy, in all conditions: wet and dry, day and night, winding to straight. Testing also took place on closed tracks, such as the Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany and NARDO in Italy. The cars were also taken on a 10 km forest track at the Colmis test facility in northern Sweden, just outside the Arctic Circle.
The top-of-the line Aero Sedan model, featuring a 300 hp 2.8-litre V6 turbo engine, will wear a price tag of $49,990 MSRP when it will go on sale in the US. Shortly after introducing the 9-5 Aero, Saab will also add a 2.0-litre turbo variant to the 9-5 lineup, with pricing for these 2011 model year vehicles set to start under $40,000 MSRP.