The Swiss tuner Hirsch has set on a quest to enhance Saab’s sporty image, offering the sedan some extra muscle to go with its stock aggressive design cues, as a user of the SaabsUnited.com community revealed.
The 9-5’s top of the range powerplant, a 2.8 liter V6 engine that features turbocharging, can be upgraded from the factory stock rating of 300 hp to 335 hp. T the increase doesn’t sound like much, especially for piece of forced induction tuning, but still, it’s a power premium. Who knows when you might be willing to teach some German car driver a lesson? –We wouldn’t recommend stretching too far though.
The car’s 2.0 liter four cylinder turbocharged unit has also been included in the tuning company’s offer, with the engine being brought from 220 to 260 hp.
The entry-level 2.0 liter turbocharged diesel engine, which produces 160 hp when it leaves the factory, has also been to the Swiss gym and now offers 190 hp. The output matches that produced by the stock twin-turbo version of the engine.
The tuner has not specified the exact modifications that have been made to the engines. Judging by the power increase, we’re expecting to see a little more than just a set of ECU remaps. We're expecting elements like high-flow air filters and new exhaust systems.