Starting in the spring of 2011, Hirsch Performance aftermarket products will be available for Saab’s 2007-11 model year, Saab 9-3 and 2010-11 model year 9-5 cars through select Saab dealers. The announcement was jointly made by Saab Cars North America and Hirsch Performance AG of Switzerland.
Among the aftermarket products that Hirsch Performance offers are the following: engine mapping performance upgrade, +30 hp, performance spring set, dual performance exhaust system, rear deck lid spoiler, carbon fiber aerodynamic ground effects kit (front splitter and diffuser), 4-piece grille set, Aluminum pedals, leather interior set and carbon instrument panel.
In addition, the joint statement revealed that several Hirsch components are restricted to specific Saab models.
According to Sales & Marketing Director of Hirsch Performance AG Manfred Lenherr, the engineers of the company put in a great effort to combine a performance engine calibration for the Saab 9-3 and 9-5 2.9L, as well as 2.8L engines that offer extra 30 HP for people who want additional energy from their vehicles.
Lenherr said that Hirsch provides a great diversity of performance products particular to the 9-3 and 9-5, such as exhaust systems and wheels. These include interior appointments and aero kits that improve the already great experience of driving a Saab.
Lenherr also noted that it is important to know that Hirsch products don’t influence any safety or emission systems, but only improve the vehicle. Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget or Saab (Swedish Aircraft Company) was launched in 1937.
It was a manufacturer of aircrafts at first. Its first passenger car prototype arrived 10 years after it was founded when a separate Saab Car Unit was formed. It wasn’t until 1990 when Saab Automobile AB started as an independent company, with a joint ownership of General Motors and Saab Scania Group.
In 2000, they became a subsidiary completely owned by GM and ten years later, they were bought off by Spyker Cars N.V. based in the Netherlands. Scandinavian design is notable in Saab Cars, as well as the company’s heritage in aircraft engineering. Saab has become a global leading car maker company, with a special focus on innovation.
It had a pioneering role when it comes to turbocharging and occupant safety, as well as in presenting the flex-fuel technology via Saab BioPower. The company currently has around 3,800 employees in Sweden, with headquarters and a reputable production and technical facilities located in Trollhattan, 70 km away of Gothenburg.