It’s fair to say that Saab’s existence under GM’s stewardship won’t go down in history as either company’s finest hour.
Having finally shaken off GM's corporate shackles, the Swedish company now feels it is once again free to build cars with a distinct ‘Saab character’. That will certainly come as good news to its UK fans.
Openly admitting that the recently launched 9-5 lacks that essential Saab DNA, the company is now taking steps to remedy the situation with a host of engineering chassis revisions.
The first to benefit from these changes will be the 9-5 Sport Tourer.
Although it’s still some months before we get to drive the finished cars, Saab allowed us to have a sneak preview on a route close to its UK headquarters.
Saab is working on a bewildering number of different suspension options. There are different rear suspension arrangements for four wheel-drive-cars, more sophisticated front suspension systems known as HiPer Strut to handle the greater torque outputs of the most powerful engines, and then there's variable-rate steering systems, adaptive suspension set-ups and self-levelling payload control.
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