Saab 9-5 – First Drive Review – Car Reviews – Car and Driver

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Saab 9-5

Can you see the 1265 changes? You Well, one of them amounts to 20 horsepower.

Some numbers are to swallow. For example, a guy on the radio there are more than toxic materials in a cigarette. Say

And how about this one: The new 9-5 sedan shown here has 1265 changes.

Doesn’t it, huh? Well, it wasn’t General Motors would pay around $1.5 billion to buy (the final payment in 2000) and then turn its cars into a line of Century look-alikes, now was it?

Of the 1265 changes, a handful are The most-powerful engine, a 16-valve turbocharged four-cylinder of 2.3 liters, now out another 20 horsepower, to 250; it reside only in the zoomy model. An excellent new five-speed replaces the four-speed, and an electronic program joins a traction-control in preventing owners from to pick weeds from the The suspension has undergone a retuning, and xenon lighting provides high- and low-beam illumination halogen backup on the high to double the light of the previous system.

A major change the way the 9-5 sedans and wagons will be Saab has dumped the traditional S and SE and chosen a new scheme it describes as architectural forms, apparently a new way of models in the same way problems are called issues. The forms are (read, standard), Arc (luxury/touring), and (performance).

When the new cars arrive month, the entry-level 9-5 Linear appear with that turbocharged and intercooled motor to a less-raucous 185 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of It gets the five-speed automatic as an or the standard five-speed manual and new alloy wheels bearing all-season Michelins.

The Arc gets the 24-valve, 200-hp turbo V-6 229 pound-feet of torque, which only with the five-speed and the same rubber and wheels as on the The top-of-the-line Aero sports the turbo four, a manual as standard, and 225/45-17 Michelins. All come with a lot of standard and whistles, including leather, air, power seats up front) and windows, and sound

The Linear and Arc interiors have trim around the wonderfully aircraft-style module, and the Aero’s has a high-tech metal look. packages involve a Harman/Kardon system, the stability-control system, wipers, the xenon lights in the Arc and lines, and other niceties.

changes are hardly perceptible. The shape dates back to the model of 1985, which was the offspring of an unlikely liaison Italian company Fiat. The new 9-5 is an inch longer (190.0 overall), the bumpers are rounder, and the openings are framed by chrome.

But no one will mistake it for anything but a

The 9-5 owes much of its appeal to the and richly hued interiors, include perforated leather to go the little motors that the seats in the Arc model. Perhaps car’s genuine strong is the remarkably roomy and comfy it provides for four adults.

On a test drive, we sensed the new Aero sedan with the automatic might be quicker the manual-shifting model, er, form. shifting for speed, there are flat spots between the that, were you racing obnoxious brother in his 3-series, add up to lost. But the shift points of the new automatic seem perfectly along the power path, and feels much stronger.

Previous Aeros with have had to live with 15 pound-feet of torque than the 258 found in the manually shifted but the automatic can now accept the full quota without misbehaving, and you add in the 9-5’s 20-second overboost the automatic feels quicker.

sold nearly 40,000 in the U.S. in 2000, and about in all the world. It expects to equal sales this year, the planet’s economic nose As far as sales numbers go, those like inconsequential ones to a automaker such as GM – it nearly five million in the U.S. alone last – but 9-5s come big-league prices, and the new line from $34,620 to $42,890.

Well, never fear Saab has cooked up some impressive numbers of its own. In or five years, this GM Euro division expects to leap to 250,000 . This can be the marketing mavens say, it’s been determined there are, or will be, at 10 million likely customers for its

As we said, some numbers are to swallow than others.

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