This Explosive Saab 9-5 R Is An Unhinged Supercar Slayer

There is little better than seeing a turbocharged Swedish barge with a chronic smoking habit

By Alex Kersten, 08 November 2013

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What do you get when you take an unassuming saloon - a Saab 9-5 is a good place to start - and give it more power than a modern supercar? What you get, ladies and gents, is a fire-breathing, tyre-annihilating sleeper that'll batter, thrash and embarrass anything that dares cross its path.

This Saab 9-5 R 'Performance by Nordic' is proof of that...

Underneath its bonnet lies the original 9-5 2.3-litre turbocharged engine you'll find in any similar model. Added to this, however, are uprated pistons and camshafts, an uprated fuel pump and ECU and a massive Turbonetics Race Precision 6262 Turbo. You'll also find a custom made induction kit, ported head and bigger valves.

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When running on E85 fuel, this psycho Saab develops 762bhp and 605lb ft of torque at 2.2bar boost. Put into context, that's 212bhp and 207lb ft more than a V10-powered, 5.2-litre Audi R8 Plus. Like the Audi, however, this Saab's good for 200mph.

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The car's owner - Andreas Andy Gidlund from Sweden - has also installed a heavy-duty six-speed Quaife race gearbox with Quaife differential and a high performance clutch.

Because power is transferred through the 9-5 R's 18-inch front wheels only, Gidlund tells us that the car wheelspins from 60-100mph, which the video above easily attests to.

Stopping power is taken care of with Porsche brakes on each corner and the 9-5 also features coilover suspension. You'll also spot a roll-cage inside for safety.

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If there's one thing the Swedes do right, it's tuning the hell out of the cars we love most. What do you guys make of Andreas' unhinged supercar slayer?

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