My recent decision to stick with the original generation 9-3 Aero convertible rather than go for a newer model, resulted in it being put in the safe and hugely capable hands of Jason and his team at Malcolm Miles for a major operation and upgrade.
Things have been moving rapidly – new Bilstein B8 shocks and MapTun springs are now in place to sort out the handling, the engine has been removed and its replacement is taking shape in the workshop.
I like to think of this as Saab alchemy, Jason has taken the beating heart of a legendary 9000 Aero 2.3, bolted on a brand new Turbo, all new gaskets, water pump, chain set and 3 part clutch amongst many other things and is currently reuniting it with the 9-3.
Once back in place, it’ll be treated to a new performance stainless steel exhaust and a bespoke remap by Noob Tune.
All this alchemy will result in an understated, stylish Aero convertible producing a sweet 280hp with the handling and stance the Saab deserves.
Can’t wait to feel the results.