2006 Saab 9-5 Estate BioPower
The Saab 9-5 is an executive car made by Saab. It was introduced in 1997 as the replacement to the Saab 9000. The 1999 model year 9-5 replaced the 9000 in the spring of 1998. The sedan's drag coefficient is 0.29. There is also a station wagon version with a drag coefficient of 0.31, which was introduced in 2000. It features such innovations as tracks to secure cargo down and a sliding load floor to make loading easier.
The high powered version of the 9-5 is the called Aero, the current form producing 260 hp ECE (194 kW) and 350 N·m (258 ft·lbf) of torque (370 N·m or 273 ft·lbf with 20 second overboost function). Hirsch Performance, a tuner specialising in Saab models, can increase this to a maximum of 305 hp ECE (224 kW).
The Saab 9-5 continued Saab's long-running tradition of offering a plethora of safety features, and pioneered the availability of ventilated seats with active headrests (SAHR, Saab Active Head Restraints) that moved up and forward to prevent whiplash when the car is struck from the rear.
A Saab innovation is the 'Night Panel', which permits dousing of the instrument panel lighting, except for essential information, for less distraction when night driving.
The 9-5 is powered by Saab's B205 and B235 straight-4 engines, and in Europe by Isuzu's DMAX Diesel V6. A version of the GM 54° V6 powered by a low-pressure turbocharger was available from 1999-2002. This engine was available only with an automatic transmission, and cars with this engine installed are distinguishable by their twin tailpipes.
In 2005, an updated version of the 2.0 L turbocharged I4 was introduced in the European market together with the 2006 9-5. The engine is sold as 2.0t BioPower, and it is optimized to run on E85 producing 132 kW (180 hp) at 5500 r/min. Meanwhile, the base 2.3 L turbo-charged straight-4 was bumped to 260 hp, up from 185. With this new engine, the cheapest new 9-5 available in the US is now faster and more powerful than last year's 250 hp Aero.
Badged as a 95, Saab consistently advertises it as the 9-5. The name is pronounced "nine five" rather than "ninety five". This model should not be confused with the Saab 95, produced from 1959 to 1978.
Saab 9-5 Estate BioPower model 2006 gallery
- 2006 Saab 9-5 Saloon BioPower
- 2008 Saab 9-4X BioPower Concept
- 2006 Saab 9-3 Convertible BioPower
- 2007 Saab BioPower 100 Concept
- 1985 Saab 90
- 2001 Saab 9-3 Coupe
- 1985 Saab EV-1 Concept Car
- 2008 Saab 9-7X Aero
- 1999 Saab 9-3 Convertible
- 2002 Saab 9-3 Coupe
- 2008 Saab Turbo X
- 1966 Saab Sonett II
- 2000 Saab 9-3 Aero Coupe
- 2008 Saab 9-X BioHybrid Concept
- 1956 Saab Sonett I