On Friday, the Saab was treated to Hirsch sports suspension: stiffer springs and matching dampers all round, lowering the car 10mm.

A great decision. The ride remains comfortable but the car has taken on a whole new taughtness. After 2 years, my 9-5 Aero feels new again and for much less than a new one. This should keep me going while I prosecute my campaign to acquire an RS4 next year.

A track day at Bedford Autodrome should reveal whether this has made real improvements to the car at the limit. At Millbrook, the car spun away too much power on the exits, thanks to front-wheel drive, but here’s hoping the new setup improves matters a little: the car is at least lower and rolling less…

So, “Well done!” Hirsch. For now, at least, I thoroughly recommend their suspension kit.

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