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Saab 9-5 “Line.R” Project Car is ready for the track!

Saab 9-5 Line.R

There are certain Saab cars throughout the brand’s history that fans adore but never got enough attention from Saab to bring out their true potential, in motorsport domain.

For instance, the Saab 9-5 always was an awesome premium car, one that managed to blend speed, performance, dynamics and pure chassis communication into a good looking package, but but it’s almost never used in auto moto sports.

Saab 9-5 Custom

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However, there are Saab enthusiasts who know to value this potential. One of them is young Swede Joel Wiklund (you can follow him on instagram @joelwiklund1796) who has significantly improved his Saab 9-5, in a visual domain and in the field of performance –  the results are a real racing limousine.

Saab 9-5 linear

He bought this Saab 2014 before he was old enough to have a driving licence. He live in Stockholm Sweden, he is 22 y/o and work as a development mechanic at Scania R&D. This Saab is originaly a 2005 9-5 2,0t Linear Biopower with verry poor extra features.

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Saab work in progress

Saab Custom Headlightsq

But, During the years Joel have developed it, step by step and now it´s more of a summer/track car. The engine itself is stock, but everything around it has changed:

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  • Mitsubishi TD04-15T #6 turbo
  • 240mm clutch from a Aero
  • 3″ downpipe and exhaust from JT, 100cell race cat and two mufflers.
  • Aluminum intercooler in stock position.
  • 565cc injectors from a Subaru STI model.
  • A intake cobra from Speedparts with 48mm in diameter.
  • Open air intake.
  • Wideband lambda.
  • EGT in the turbo manifold

Thanks to all these changes an upgrades, On E85 it got around 315hp and 440Nm, At least for now – Joel plans to continue with improvements. Below, here are some more significant changes:


  • 40mm lowerd springs
  • Bilstein B8 sprint shocks
  • Maptun strut bar
  • Powerflex everywhere
  • SAS 25mm swaybars

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  • 307mm front disks from EBC
  • Yellowstuff pads all around
  • Built in brake cooling hoases throug the front dim lights
  • Dot4 race fluid

For rims and tires at the track joel use BBS ASA Revolution 18″ with Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R 235/40/18 tyres.

Saab 9-5 custom

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Saab 9-5 tuning

Saab 9-5 interior

He did not ignore the aesthetic moment either, in Exterior, He home made angel-eyes headlights with carbon fiber vinyl interior. The front of the car is also crafted by him. It´s a 9-5 front combined with a front bumper from a 9-3 08 Aero.
He also added a roof wing from Tunstyle and a rear wing from Saab.

You can see more of the car at: (yes it´s in swedish)


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Goran Aničić
the authorGoran Aničić
For over 10 years, Goran Aničić has been passionately focused on Saab automobiles and everything related to them. His initial encounter with Saab cars took place back in 2003 when the first Saab 9-3 and sedan version were introduced. At that moment, he was captivated by the car's Scandinavian design logic and top-notch engineering, and everything that followed stemmed from that first encounter. Later on, through his work at the editorial team of the Serbian automotive magazines "Autostart" and later "AutoBild," he had the opportunity to engage more closely with Saab vehicles. In 2008, he tested the latest Saab cars of that time, such as the Saab 9-3 TTiD Aero and Saab 9-3 Turbo X. In 2010, as the sole blogger from the region, he participated in the Saab 9-5ng presentation in Trollhättan, Sweden. Alongside journalists from around the world, he got a firsthand experience of the pinnacle of technological offerings from Saab at that time. Currently, Goran owns two Saabs: a 2008 Saab 9-3 Vector Sportcombi with a manual transmission, and a Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin Sport Sedan from the last generation, which rolled off the production line in Trollhättan in December 2011.

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