Hirsch Performance Unveils Saab 9-3 Upgrade

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Swiss tuner Hirsch Performance unveiled a new tuning kit for Saab 9-3 Aero which does pretty much the same as any other aftermarket package, namely improving appearance and enhancing vehicle performance. Hirsch says the upgrades were mainly focused on improving aerodynamics, despite the fact that “it has excellent aerodynamics already from factory,” as the firm mentioned in a statement for the press.

“However, for this project Hirsch Performance enjoyed the co-operation and support of Saab's master aerodynamicist Håkan Danielsson and his team, as well as renowned designer Taras Czornyj from Mutations AB, whose combined experience made it possible to develop a truly exciting aerodynamics package,” it explained.

Basically, the whole package is based on a “limited edition” carbon fiber body kit, but it also includes a number of upgraded parts, such as a 3-piece upper mesh grille, a lower mesh grille supposed to enhance the intercooler airflow plus a bigger front spoiler with built-in splitters.

Hirsch claims the upgraded Saab 9-3 underwent several tests and modifications in order to comply with the requirements, with the most important examination conducted in the MIRA wind tunnel, “to create an optimal combination of drag and stability.”

Beside all of these upgrades, the Swiss tuner was also focused on preserving the level of safety the stock vehicle provides, without altering its features and maintaining “the safety of the car or the safety of pedestrians in case of a collision.”

“All aerodynamic parts have successfully passed the homologation tests, and are included in the latest Saab 9-3 whole vehicle type approval, and can therefore be installed in all markets,” Hirsch Performance explained.


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