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The newest Newsletter has just arrived from Site Sponsor Hirsch and I have reprinted it below for you all to see.
The Hirsch Performance 2011 spring collection of accessories for the Saab 9-5 is now available.
At the Auto Zürich and Detroit car shows, Hirsch Performance previewed a few accessories planned for the new Saab 9-5 with the 9-5 Hirsch
Performance Concept. The forged 20″ wheels are already being delivered, and now additional products have been finalized for production.
Hirsch Performance wishes you a spring full of driving enjoyment!

260 hp Performance Upgrade for the Saab 9-5 2.0T Turbo4
The performance upgrade offering a power increase of 40 hp for the model year 2011 Saab 9-5 2.0T Turbo4 is now available for installation.
For the second generation of the Saab 9-5, the proven 2-litre engine from the Saab 9-3 was improved and equipped with direct injection and twin scroll turbo technology, which both contribute to more power reserves and a quicker throttle response. Excellent conditions for a
performance upgrade! The improved charge air cooling with the direct injection makes it possible to increase the peak power output to 260hp, and the maximum torque to 400 Nm.
Sporty Sedan
In addition to producing an impressive acceleration and overtaking capability, the performance upgrade also increases the top speed to
250km/h. The fuel consumption is only marginally different, and the emission levels remain unchanged.
No compromises
Just like the base vehicle, cars equipped with the engine upgrade from Hirsch Performance remain compliant with the extremely strict Euro 5 emissions standard. New for Euro 5 is that all emissions measurements need to be made also with E85 for BioPower cars. As a result, Hirsch Performance can now for the first time provide certified fuel consumtion and emissions data also for E85 fuel. The emissions measurements were performed for Hirsch Performance by Saab Automobile in Trollhättan.
Maintenance costs and service intervals remain unchanged for cars equipped with a performance ugrade from Hirsch Performance. The Saab Original new vehicle warranty also remains in full effect.
As for all software upgrades from Hirsch Performance, it is possible to try the upgrade free of charge for ten days. If the performance upgrades meet your expectations, you can simply keep it installed and complete the purchase transaction, and if not, the software can easily be de-installed without charge. Please contact your Saab dealer for details on possible labour charges for installation or uninstallation.
Available for: 9-5 2.0T Turbo4 and 2.0T BioPower, with front wheel drive and XWD, manual and automatic transmissions.
Saab 9-5 Sports exhaust in stainless steel

Sporty sound for the 2.0T and 2.8T – now in stock
For drivers looking for a sportier engine sound, Hirsch Performance has developed a sports exhaust in stainless steel which perfectly matches the character of the car. During normal driving, the sound is moderate and refined, and at full throttle it becomes powerful and sporty.
The appearance is characterized by the sporty and at the same time elegant brushed stainless steel four-pipe exhaust bezels.
Using advanced mathematical models and computer-aided sound analysis, the sound designers at Hirsch Performance were able to eliminate disturbing noise at motorway speeds, and at the same time create an appealing and sporty sound character.
All exhaust components are flow optimized to minimize pressure loss, improving the throttle response of the engine.
The Hirsch Performance sports exhaust replaces the orignal exhaust system from the catalyst and back. Longevity and durability are
guaranteed, thanks to the stainless steel design. Like all Hirsch Performance products, the exhaust system is compliant with current
legislation and is delivered including required documentation. Cars equipped with Hirsch Performance accessories keep the Saab Original new vehicle warranty unchanged.
Available for: 9-5 2.0T Turbo4, 2.0T BioPower (with front wheel drive and XWD), and 2.8T Turbo6. Fits Linear, Vector and Aero trim levels.
Sports suspension for the Saab 9-5 Turbo6
With the Hirsch Performance lowering kit developed with typical Swiss precision, the car is lowered by 20mm in the front and 10mm in the rear, creating even better driving dynamics and a sportier stance.
The lowered centre of mass contributes to a shortened stopping distance and improved handling, creating a substantially more dynamic driving experience.
In addition, the aerodynamics of the car are improved by the lowering kit, as the wheels are no longer as exposed to the oncoming air,
lowering drag, and the reduced air flow under the car improves high speed stability. The lowering kit thereby generates several improvements to the driving experience.
The Hirsch Performance sports suspension is optimized for Drive Sense and fully compatible with all driver assistance systems from Saab.
Available for: 9-5 Turbo6 XWD

SOC Event Calendar

Fri Nov 27 @08:00 - 05:00PM
The Roger Albert Clark Rally 2015
Sat Nov 28 @08:00 - 05:00PM
The Roger Albert Clark Rally 2015
Sat Nov 28 @11:00 - 04:00PM
Beds, Bucks & Herts Group - Ace Cafe Meeting - London
Sun Nov 29 @08:00 - 05:00PM
The Roger Albert Clark Rally 2015
Sun Nov 29 @14:00 - 05:00PM
NEW SOC GROUP - Berks, Hants and Oxon Meet


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    As the final round, the Galloway Hills Rally was not a scoring round for us and my driver took the decision not to contest it, giving me a chance to dust off the 99 for another blast through the woods. Martin MacCabe, a Scottish Championship regular kindly agreed to read the notes. With a two car team bolstered by Grant Inglis in his lovely new MK2 Escort we made a good spectacle as the service barges towed us into the Rally HQ in the pretty town of Castle Douglas.

  • Who was Erik Carlsson?

    Erik Carlsson



    Many new members to the Club ask the same question -  “Who is Erik Carlsson?”  I suppose a lot of people who were not around in the 60s have never heard of him even though this giant of a man is often referred to as “Mr SAAB”.

    Erik was born in 1929 in Trollhattan, Sweden, not far from the SAAB factory, but at that time the factory was only producing aircraft. Erik was 20 when production of the first SAAB cars started.  His first passion was motorbikes, he bought a Norton 500 new when he was 18 from Nystrom’s where he was working. Pelle Nystrom was the Norton importer for Sweden. At weekends he took part in hillclimbs, motorcross, road racing and, during the winter, ice track racing.

  • Motorsport

    The SAAB Owners Club recognises the importance of the Motorsport heritage of the marque and provides sponsorship to those members of the club who are competing in Motorsport at various levels.

    SAAB cars have been competing in motorsport since the early days of production. Many successes were achieved through drivers such as Club President, Erik Carlsson. This success continues today through Club competitors.

    Club members are competing in, Historic Road Rallies, Historic Stage Rallies, Classic Runs, Sprints, Hillclimbs and many other forms of the sport.

    For more information on the Club activities in Motorsport contact Richard Simpson


    Click HERE for details of the Club Sponsorship Scheme.

    Who is Erik Carlsson? - Click HERE to find out.


Local Branches

  • East Anglia Saab Branch

    East Anglia Saab Branch

    Hold their meeting the first Thursday of every month at The Woolpack, The Street, Fornham St, Martin, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP31 1SW and the meetings start at 7.00pm

    All welcome, we look forward to seeing you there.

    Contact : Rachel Hillier - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Ebor Saab Branch

    Ebor Saab Branch

    Hold their Club meeting every second Wednesday of each even numbered month meeting 7.30/8.00pm at The Grey Horse, Main St, Elvington, York, North Yorkshire YO41 4AG

    Everyone is very welcome, not just SOC members, our main aim is to promote local interest and enthusiasm in Saabs.

    Contact Karl Moxon  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    OR Chris Greenwood  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Local Branches of the Saab Owners Club

    Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinhamshire Saab

    Cheshire, North Shropshire and Staffordshire Saab

    Cumbria Saab

    Dragon Saab (Wales)

    East Anglia Saab

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    East Sussex Saab

    Ebor Saab

    Lancashire Saab

    North of Scotland Saab

    North West Saab

    South West Saab

    South Yorkshire Saab

    West Midlands and Warwickshire Saab


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Please use the form for general enquires about the club.  For specific Saab related enquiries it may be quicker to contact the appropriate Saab Registrar. For membership related issues please email 

If your question is not specifically related to the club itself please give your membership number.  We are unable to respond to general questions from non-members.



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