Classic Car Encyclopedia

Saab 900 Turbo

Apr 19, 2023

The Saab 900 Turbo was a popular compact executive car produced by the Swedish automaker Saab between 1978 and 1998. The original 900 was introduced in 1978 as a replacement for the Saab 99, and the Turbo model was introduced in 1980 as a high-performance variant.

The Saab 900 Turbo was powered by a 2.0-liter inline-four engine that was equipped with a single-scroll turbocharger. The engine was capable of producing up to 135 horsepower and 140 lb-ft of torque. The Turbo model also featured a number of performance enhancements, including a revised suspension, larger brakes, and improved aerodynamics.

In terms of weight, the Saab 900 Turbo weighed approximately 2,600 pounds, making it relatively lightweight for its size. This helped to improve the car's handling and acceleration and also contributed to its fuel efficiency.

The Saab 900 Turbo was available in a number of different trim levels, including the base model, the Turbo S, and the Turbo SPG (Special Performance Group). The base model featured a number of standard features, including power windows and locks, air conditioning, and a four-speaker audio system. The Turbo S added a number of performance-oriented features, including a sport-tuned suspension and larger wheels and tires. The Turbo SPG was the top-of-the-line model, featuring even more performance enhancements, including a more powerful engine, revised suspension and brakes, and a more aggressive exterior design.

Over the course of its production run, the Saab 900 Turbo was produced in a number of different countries, including Sweden, Finland, and the United States. In total, more than 690,000 Saab 900 Turbo models were produced, making it one of the most popular models in the company's history.

In terms of lap times, the Saab 900 Turbo was capable of completing a lap of the Nurburgring in around 8 minutes and 30 seconds, which was considered to be quite impressive for a compact executive car of its time. The car's combination of power, handling, and aerodynamics made it a popular choice for drivers who were looking for a high-performance vehicle that was also practical and reliable.