The Saab 9-5 should not be confused with the Saab 95, which was a car the company sold from 1959 until 1978 in various parts of Europe.
Sold as either a 4 door sedan or a 5 door station wagon, the 9-5 is most often purchased with an I4 gasoline engine, but it can also be bought with an I4 turbodiesel, an L81 V6, or an Isuzu diesel V6.
The transmission options include a 5 speed manual or 5 speed automatic. The Sentronic transmission is not yet available with this car.
The top performance version of the 9-5 is the 9-5 Aero. It has a 260 horsepower engine and also has a 20 second overboost feature on the manual transmission version that should help the sports-driving crowd get that extra oomf when they need it. A car modifying company named Hirsch can get these Aero models up to 300 horsepower.
The Saab BioPower Hybrid that they have showed off at some auto shows is based on the 9-5.
Expect to see a second generation Saab 9-5 in 2009 or 2010.
The 9-5 is showing up on the used car market in some decent numbers. Expect higher than average resale values on these cars. For good deals when buying a 9-5, try checking out eBay.