An Executive Turbo the Saab Way

The 1992 Saab 9000 liftback. Born from jets, but also from GM, on a platform co-developed with Fiat. But hey, 16 valves!

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The Saab 900 was launched in 1984, and by 1991, it was more than due for a casual facelift. Saab decided that the best way of grabbing the public's attention again was to introduce a five-door hatchback body, and to upgrade the turbocharged engine to a 2.3 unit with 16 valves, a cross-flow cylinder head, an intercooler and counter-rotating balancing shafts. The result?

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A "whopping" 200 horsepower from the four-cylinder, with 240 foot pounds of torque for a zero-to-sixty run in 7.3 seconds. Unfortunately, with that much power came responsibility, in the name of a standard traction control system that not only worked in reverse, but could not be turned off at all.

Expensive, but uniquely Scandinavian. Front wheel drive, yet well equipped. Designed by Björn Envall, or Giorgetto Giugiaro. It's entirely up to you. The 1992 Saab 9000 Turbo

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