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Unearthing the Saab 9-3 Turbo X: A Timeless Masterpiece with a Unique Twist

Navigating Legacy Roads: The Story of Saab 9-3 Turbo X's Timeless Appeal and Hirsch Performance Enhancements

"Embrace the Road: Saab 9-3 Turbo X, A Timeless Classic with a Modern Edge

In the automotive world, there are cars that come and go, and then there are cars that leave a lasting legacy. The Saab 9-3 Turbo X is one such automobile, a rare gem that has carved out a special place in the hearts of car enthusiasts. With only 2,000 units ever produced, this limited-edition Saab stands as a testament to the brand’s commitment to performance, innovation, and uniqueness.

The Saab 9-3 Turbo X, offered for sale by David Joost Kamermans from Bilthoven, near Utrecht, is not just any run-of-the-mill vehicle; it’s a “Youngtimer” with a compelling story. we will try to convey it to you with the details of this exquisite piece of automotive history, exploring its specifications, unique features, and the personal touch it received from Hirsch Performance. We’ll also discuss the pricing, the seller’s perspective, and the potential implications for business owners in the Netherlands.

Saab 9-3 Turbo X: A Brief Overview

The Saab 9-3 Turbo X is a standout in the 9-3 lineup, known for its practicality, luxurious features, and performance prowess. It was offered in a SportEstate body style, a wagon version that combined utility with a sporty flair. The 9-3 Turbo X boasts a modern 6-speed automatic transmission and Saab’s XWD four-wheel drive system, making it a versatile choice for both daily driving and spirited adventures.

One of the most captivating aspects of this particular Saab is the influence of Hirsch Performance, a Swiss tuning company renowned for enhancing the performance and aesthetics of Saab vehicles. Let’s take a closer look at the notable modifications made to this unique Saab.

Standing Tall: The Hirsch Spoiler Makes a Striking Impression on the Saab 9-3 Turbo X's Rear End
Standing Tall: The Hirsch Spoiler Makes a Striking Impression on the Saab 9-3 Turbo X’s Rear End

Hirsch Performance Upgrades

The Saab 9-3 Turbo X received a special touch from Hirsch Performance, elevating its performance and exclusivity. The enhancements are not just skin-deep; they extend to both the exterior and interior of the car.

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  1. Exterior Customization: On the outside, Hirsch Performance added a distinctive rear spoiler, giving the 9-3 Turbo X an even more athletic appearance.
  2. Interior Elegance: Inside the cabin, the upgrades are even more luxurious. The car features leather door handles, leather-clad dashboard, and a center console, crafted from rare nappa leather. These additions not only elevate the aesthetics but also enhance the tactile experience for the driver and passengers.
  3. Sunroof Sophistication: This Saab also boasts a rare and practical feature – an electric sunroof with a tilt function. It’s not just about aesthetics; it enhances the driving experience and allows you to enjoy the open air when the weather is right.
Opulent Comfort and Style: Saab 9-3 Turbo X Interior, Adorned with Hirsch Nappa Leather and a Sunroof
Opulent Comfort and Style: Saab 9-3 Turbo X Interior, Adorned with Hirsch Nappa Leather and a Sunroof

Performance Boost

Under the hood, this Saab Turbo X has undergone significant modifications, courtesy of Hirsch Performance. The engine has been tuned to produce an impressive 300 horsepower (in the original “only” 280 hp), a noticeable step up from the standard model.

Additionally, a thicker intercooler ensures the engine receives cold air, a crucial factor for maintaining optimal performance. When combined with Saab’s XWD (cross-wheel drive) system, this estate car transforms into a surprisingly sporty and capable machine.

"Sculpted Perfection: Hirsch Nappa Leather Elevates the Saab 9-3 Turbo X's Cockpit to New Heights
“Sculpted Perfection: Hirsch Nappa Leather Elevates the Saab 9-3 Turbo X’s Cockpit to New Heights

Provenance and Maintenance

One of the reassuring aspects of this Saab 9-3 Turbo X is its maintenance history. It has recently undergone a comprehensive maintenance check at Saab Apeldoorn, and the service book is available. This not only demonstrates the current owner’s commitment to keeping the car in top shape but also ensures the next owner starts with a well-maintained vehicle.

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Seller’s Perspective

David Joost Kamermans, the seller of this unique Saab 9-3 Turbo X, explains his decision to part ways with this extraordinary vehicle. It’s a Youngtimer, a term used in Europe to describe vehicles that are not quite classic cars but are old enough to have unique characteristics and tax benefits.

In the Netherlands, such cars are subject to a lower tax rate when used for personal purposes. Kamermans imported this Saab for his own enjoyment but found it slightly smaller than what he had in mind for his needs. Now, he’s offering it for sale, hoping to find a new owner who will appreciate and cherish it for the next 200,000 kilometers and beyond.

Iconic Turbo X Rhomboid Exhaust: Unleashing the Roar of the Mighty V6 Engine
Iconic Turbo X Rhomboid Exhaust: Unleashing the Roar of the Mighty V6 Engine

Tax Implications for Business Owners

For entrepreneurs in the Netherlands, this Saab 9-3 Turbo X presents a unique opportunity. Being 15 years old, the tax rate for this car is favorable when used for business purposes. Business owners can benefit from a reduced tax rate of just 35% based on the vehicle’s current market value.

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However, it’s important to note that while some may consider using a tax appraisal to lower the car’s value for tax purposes, Saab ethusiast Henry Rouw from Saab web forum advises caution in doing so. A lower appraised value may impact the insurance coverage and the potential payout in case of total loss or damage. Therefore, it’s essential to find a balance between minimizing tax liability and maintaining an accurate representation of the car’s value.

David Joost Kamermans and Henry Rouw both emphasize that the value of the car on the balance sheet should reflect the true investment made by the owner, especially if it’s a well-maintained and exceptional vehicle like this Saab 9-3 Turbo X. The value can be adjusted over the years based on depreciation, providing a fair and balanced approach to tax considerations.

Embark on a journey with a Saab Turbo X

The Saab 9-3 Turbo X is not just a car; it’s a piece of automotive history. With its limited production, Hirsch Performance upgrades, and a seller who has passionately cared for it, this Saab offers a unique opportunity for enthusiasts and business owners alike. It’s a car that not only represents a remarkable chapter in Saab’s legacy but also provides a window into the world of Youngtimers and the intriguing tax implications in the Netherlands.

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As David Joost Kamermans offers this Saab for sale, it’s an invitation for a new owner to embark on a journey with a Saab Turbo X that’s not just a vehicle but a symbol of individuality, craftsmanship, and driving pleasure.

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.

7 Comments

  • Actually this car is the worst crap of all Saab history. V6 doesn’t fit and is not being well optimized. Much slower then a 9-5 Troll-R and I mean even a good working Aero beats this one, 19” spokes are too much so the car is horrible when bad roads, comfort is zero and even the behaviour is really bad, plastics should have been replaced as well. I refuse to drive that Vauxhall crap even though we have it. The biggest shame for Saab ever, no Saab feeling or logic whatsoever. Thirsty lazy heavy uncomfortable cheap. That’s exactly what this is.

  • Sorry to say but the Legacy 3.0 Spec B was a far better car than the vectraab 93 turbo x thing sitting outside now

  • Thanks for posting. But this very nice 9-3 has been in my possession for several months. This in addition to a 9-5 Aero Estate and a 9-3 V6 Turbo Cabrio

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