But if you take a look at the 2011 Saab 9-5, you would be impressed. If you find out more about this model, you will be more than impressed. The new 9-5 competes with the Lincoln MKS in the United States, the Audi A6 sedan and the Lexus GS350 where it comes with either front or all wheel drive systems.
There are 2 engine blocks to choose from in the new 9-6 where the standard version comes with a 2.0 liter, 16 Valve, inline 4 DOHC turbocharged and intercooled engine mated with a 6-speed manual transmission gearbox that comes with 220 horses at 5,300rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque at 2,500rpm. The more powerful version would be a 2.8 liter, 24 valve inline-4 DOHC engine which is turbocharged and intercooled and mated with a 6-speed automatic with manumatic shifting gearbox. This version gets you 300 horses at 5,500 rpm and 295 lb-ft of torque at 2,000rpm. This is the same engine fitted into the Cadillac SRX and is essentially an all-wheel drive version.
The design of this car was only made possible after Spyker bought the brand from the trouble laden GM (Genaral Motors) and the 9-5 represents the new direction of the company. It is built based on the Epsilon platform and is now 6.8 inches longer than its previous version. In terms of handling, it is different for both the models where the 2.0 turbo comes with the conventional front strut configuration.
If you haven’t already know, the 9-5 is not an entirely new model where it has been around for more than 10 years now and Saab surely has made the changes to prove its contemporary-ness and to compete in the highly dynamic market. Having said that, while it does reflect a certain extend of its older versions, it is not a retro design according to Simon Padian, the chief designer of Saab. Essentially, the ned 9-5 is quite a luxurious sedan which is quite quick as well as offering a lot of room for its passengers.