Archive for June, 1997
Posted on 10. Jun, 1997 by Ryan.
50th ANNIVERSARY: FIRST SAAB UNVEILED TO THE WORLD JUNE 10, 1947
Fifty years ago, the cover was whisked off the first Saab automobile at a press conference in Linkoping, Sweden. The hand-built prototype was created by a dedicated team of aircraft engineers from the Swedish Aircraft Company (Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget or Saab) , and featured a unique aerodynamic body shaped in a wind tunnel. Its styling was unlike any other car of the era.
Powered by a transverse-mounted, two-cylinder, two-stroke engine, the small car was remarkably lively and sure-footed in all weather conditions. That first Saab 92 prototype was based on design parameters that still apply to today’s Saab 900 and 9000 cars: performance with efficiency, front-wheel drive, and an exceptionally strong structure for optimum occupant safety. Over the decades, Saab has pioneered many safety and performance innovations, including side-impact protection, self-restoring bumpers, affordable turbocharging and an active head restraint system, scheduled to debut on the next generation Saab 9-5 in 1998.
SAAB FOR 1997: 50th ANNIVERSARY A TRADITION OF INDIVIDUALITY: SAAB CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF CAR PRODUCTION
Posted on 01. Jun, 1997 by Ryan.
SAAB FOR 1997: 50th ANNIVERSARY A TRADITION OF INDIVIDUALITY: SAAB CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF CAR PRODUCTION
Swedish Aircraft Company Switched From Wings to Wheels in 1947
NORCROSS, Ga. — Fifty years ago, the first hand-built prototype from a new automobile marque was unveiled to the automotive press in Linkoping, Sweden. The curvy black coupe received rave reviews for its unusual engineering features and unprecedented aerodynamic profile, which resembled the cross section of an aircraft wing. The car’s shape reflected its heritage; it was the first four-wheeled offering from SAAB, acronym for the aircraft manufacturer Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget or Swedish Aircraft Company. The unique two-cylinder, two-stroke Saab represented more than the birth of an automaker. Saab’s advanced and innovative engineering skills, enthusiasm and progressive management and manufacturing techniques would henceforth be a challenge to the automotive mainstream.
Since 1947, Saab has established itself in 48 markets around the world, but despite its global reach, the company has never abandoned its philosophy of engineering and building unconventional cars. A distinctively streamlined body, performance with efficiency, front-wheel drive and exceptionally robust body construction for occupant safety were some of the initial design parameters that continue to be the foundation of Saab’s current line.
Saab was established in 1937 as a manufacturer of military aircraft, a pedigree that has been evident in Saab design and engineering ever since. Saab automobiles also owe some of their technological roots to the Scania and Vabis companies, makers of wheeled vehicles ranging from trucks and buses to tanks and trains. Vabis was founded in 1891 near Stockholm and produced its first kerosene-powered, nine-hp automobile in 1897, followed by its first production motor vehicle in 1902: a truck, exhibited at the Swedish International Motor Exhibition in 1903. It wasn’t the only truck on display, however. Its competitor was a two-cylinder truck made by Scania, based in southern Sweden. The two companies competed until 1911, when they consolidated, becoming Scania-Vabis. Saab merged with Scania-Vabis in 1969 to become Saab-Scania.
In 1990, General Motors Europe (AG) acquired 50 percent of Saab Automobile AB from Saab-Scania, which signaled new opportunities for cost savings and additional resources for new product development. Saab Cars USA, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary, located in Norcross, Ga., just outside of Atlanta.
The History of Saab
In the mid-1930s, Sweden realized that its Royal Swedish Air Force needed to be strengthened to help defend the nation’s neutrality from the imminent World War. In 1937, the Swedish Aircraft Company was founded, abbreviated as SAAB and later Saab. Based in Trollhattan, the company manufactured hundreds of “anti-war” aircraft of many different designs.
Saab’s aircraft program began with a Junkers-derived B3 bomber with a light-alloy fuselage, and a single-engine B5 fighter-bomber under license from the American company, Northrop. After these initial projects, Saab soon was working on its own designs and in 1939, the plant size in Trollhattan was doubled.
A radical new aircraft design went into production: the J21, featuring an aft-mounted, “pusher” propeller engine and twin tail booms. Because of this unique configuration, forward visibility was excellent and weapon systems could be concentrated in the nose of the single-engine aircraft. A problem that remained was the danger of the rear propeller to the pilot if forced to bail out. The Saab solution was a revolutionary invention: the ejector seat. The Saab J21 was the first production aircraft in the world to be equipped with the life-saving innovation.
When the war ended in Europe in 1945, Saab realized that it must diversify its manufacturing capacity. In addition to newly designated civil aviation projects, the company decidedto draw upon its abilities in the field of precision design to build automobiles.
In 1946, Saab aircraft engineer Gunnar Ljungstrom, designer Sixten Sason and a staff of 15 craftsmen hand-built automobile prototype 92.001, unveiled to the public and approved for production in 1947. The new car’s model number was the first available non-military project number: 92. Numbers up to 89 had already been assigned to military projects; 90 and 91 were dedicated to Saab’s first commercial and private aircrafts. Saab was one of the few carmakers of the 1940s to utilize wind tunnel testing, achieving an air resistance coefficient of only 0.30 Cd, a respectable figure even today. Production of the Saab 92 started in Dec. 1949. Available only in military-aircraft green for the first couple of years, the four-passenger 92 was powered by a two- cylinder, two-stroke engine with an output of 25 hp. In a remarkable victory for a brand-new marque, a Saab 92 driven by Rolf Mellde (Saab’s development manager) took first place in an important 500-mile cross-country Swedish rally in 1950. Greta Molander won the women’s class, also in a Saab 92. Subsequent rally triumphs over the next several decades — including a consistent string of victories by rally legend Erik Carlsson throughout Europe — firmly established Saab as a contender on the international rally circuit.
The History of Saab Saab Comes to the United States
Saab’s first major evolution was the 1956 Saab 93, equipped with a 33-hp, three-cylinder, two-stroke engine. The new Saab made its U.S. debut at the 1956 New York Auto Show. Ralph Millet, who was the American buying agent for Saab aircraft parts, was persuaded to expand his business to include importing Saab cars. “On the first day of the New York Auto Show,” Millet recalled, “I was an expert on spare parts for aircraft. By the final day, I was in the car business with Saab.” Millet founded Saab Motors, Inc. in 1956 in New York City. The company leveraged the Saab’s 93′s front-wheel drive, excellent handling on snow and ice, its powerful heating and robust construction to concentrate on sales in the U.S. Northeast. Great publicity and interest in the new Swedish import was generated when three Saabs entered and finished the three-day, 1,500-mile Great American Mountain Rally over snow-covered roads, with one Saab the overall winner. In 1957, the first full year of U.S. sales, 1,400 Saab 93s were sold. A station wagon, the Saab 95, was introduced in 1959, followed by the 1960 Saab 96 two-door. A new four-cycle V-4 engine replaced the three-cylinder in 1967.
The first Saab with an inline four-cylinder was the 99, introduced in 1968. The larger Saab 99 pioneered several Saab world innovations: headlight washers/wipers (1 970), electrically heated seats (1971), 5-mph self-repairing bumpers (1971) and side-impact door beams (1972). Saab research into active and passive safety systems began with the first Saab prototype, and has intensified ever since. Saab’s safety engineering team analyzes real-world data by investigating all major collisions in Sweden that involved a Saab automobile. More than 5,000 actual accidents have been studied over the past 25 years.
The 1974 Saab 99′s radical new “WagonBack” styling combined the comfort and sportiness of a sedan with the load capacity of a station wagon. With a large hatchback door, bumper-height liftover and fold-down rear seat, Saab’s utility set a standard that helped maintain an almost cult-like following of loyal owners in the U.S. Although a few other carmakers had dabbled in turbocharging, or offered turbos on high-dollar, limited-production sports cars, Saab was the first automaker to integrate a variable-boost turbocharger into a mass-produced family-type car for extra power and low-end torque on demand. The Saab Turbo concept debuted in 1976, and saw wide-spread production on the Saab 99 Turbo in 1978. Pre-production test vehicles provided to automotive journalists worldwide in 1977 received enthusiastic reviews. The era of the modern Saab began with the unique three-door and five-door hatchback versions of the Saab 900 in 1979. The 900 Turbo quickly became an enthusiast’s favorite. World innovations on the Saab 900 included a cabin air filter (1979), asbestos-free brake linings (1982), 16-valve turbo engine (1985), distributorless Saab Direct Ignition (1985) and award-winning Saab Trionic 32-bitelectronic engine management (1991).
New Saab Models for the ’80s
Saab introduced its “Large Car” platform, the Saab 9000, in 1986. In a spectacular demonstration of Saab durability and turbo reliability, three stock Saab 9000 Turbos were driven at top speed continuously for 100,000 kilometers (62,000 miles) during “The Long Run” at Talladega Speedway. Along the way, they set 21 world and international endurance records by averaging 131 mph over a period of 20 days.
The Saab 900 Convertible also debuted in 1986. After convertibles had disappeared from the American marketplace in the early ’80s, then-Saab President Bob Sinclair realized that there was a tremendous market niche waiting to be refilled. While the hatchback Saab was not quite suitable for conversion, a limited run of two-door Saab 900 coupes with conventional trunks sparked Sinclair’s interest. He commissioned a prototype soft-top Saab 900 based on the coupe. The pearl-white convertible was shown at the 1983 Frankfurt Auto Show as a “design study.” Overwhelming media response and consumer interest prompted Saab to draw up plans for production.
The first Saab 900 Convertibles were 16-valve Turbos, shipped in 1986 to the U.S., by far the largest market for the new Swedish soft-tops. By 1989, 10,000 Saab Convertibles had been produced. Currently, about one-quarter of Saab’s U.S. sales are 900 Convertibles.
After a production run of 15 years, the Saab 900 underwent a major redesign in 1994, emerging with stronger four-cylinder engines and Saab’s first six-cylinder, a 2.5-liter V6. Available initially as a five-door hatchback, the new 900 line was joined by a high-performance three-door 900 Turbo Coupe and sleek 900 Convertible in 1995.
Current car lines include the three body styles of the 900, available with a choice of three powerplants and two trim levels, S and SE. The popular 9000 line is comprised of the CS with award-winning Light Pressure Turbo (LPT) engine; 9000 CSE with choice of turbo or 3.0L V6 engines; and 9000 Aero, Saab’s performance flagship with its impressive 225-hp turbocharged engine.
Posted on 01. Jun, 1997 by Ryan.
NORCROSS, Ga. — To commemorate five decades of unique design and quality manufacturing, Saab presents a limited-production 50th Anniversary Edition Saab 9000 CSE Turbo. Only 300 examples will be produced for the United States market, each featuring an exclusive leather interior and a host of other enhancements inside and out. In addition to body-colored bumpers, front and rear spoilers, and aerodynamic body cladding, the special-edition Saab features low-profile, high-performance 16-inch tires and three-spoke Super Aero light alloy wheels.
The car’s leather upholstery — in two-tone Sand Beige and Alpaca tan — features Saab’s classic stylized aircraft logo embossed in the backrests of the front and rear seats. Special textile floor mats and leather trim steering wheel complete the package. Four exterior colors are available: Black, Scarabe Green, Midnight Blue and Amethyst Violet, a color exclusive to this car in the 9000 line. The 50th Anniversary Edition Saab 9000 CSE is powered by a 200-hp turbocharged 2.3L engine and is offered with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. Standard features on this and every Saab 9000 CSE include a power glass sunroof, walnut-trimmed instrument panel, Automatic Climate Control and a Harman/Kardon stereo system with CD player and ten acoustically engineered speakers.
Posted on 01. Jun, 1997 by Ryan.
SAAB UNVEILS ALL-NEW SAAB 9-5 LUXURY SPORT SEDAN
World-first technologies showcased at European launch
TROLLHÄTTAN, Sweden – Sporting world-first safety and performance technologies and a lengthy list of new customer convenience features, the all-new Saab 9-5 today made its European debut at Saab Automobile AB world headquarters in Trollhättan, Sweden. The newest member of the Saab car family goes on sale in over 45 markets this fall, and arrives on North American shores in the Spring of 1998.
The Saab 9-5′s aerodynamic body has a drag coefficient of only 0.29, making it the sleekest production Saab ever. It combines a thoroughly sporty stance with distinctive Saab design cues, such as the trademark Saab swooping beltline and grille. The spacious 5-passenger sedan features larger rear leg room than even the ultra-roomy current Saab 9000.
New Engine Range
The engine options for the new Saab 9-5 have been developed under the Saab Ecopower concept, which combines multiple valves with advanced
turbocharging technology. This provides a unique combination of responsive performance, low exhaust emissions and high fuel efficiency.
A newly-developed 2.3L , four-cylinder, light pressure turbocharged (LPT) engine is lighter than Saab’s current 2.3L four and generates less internal friction,
improving fuel consumption by about five per cent. This Saab powerplant also integrates a new smaller, more responsive Saab light pressure intercooled turbo
(LPT) system, delivering strong off-the-line torque of 206 ft. lbs. at just 1,800 rpm. The world’s first asymmetric Turbo 3.0L V6 engine develops 200 hp and a
muscular torque of 229 ft. lbs. at 2,100 rpm. This engine option will be available during the first half of 1998.
A new generation of Saab’s award-winning Trionic engine management system now also adds throttle control to its fuel injection, ignition timing and turbo
boost pressure functions, effectively eliminating any possibilities of turbo lag.
New platform and suspension systems
The new Saab 9-5 follows Saab’s traditional philosophy that responsive performance and good handling are a major contribution to driving safety. The
body platform is a new design on a 106.4-inch wheelbase developed uniquely for this model with new Saab-patented safety concepts in the front-end
structure. Strut type front suspension is matched to a new independently suspended rear axle used for the first time on a Saab. The total chassis system
has been developed to provide predictable and responsive control, as well as stable, well balanced and extremely forgiving behavior in difficult driving
All versions of the new Saab 9-5 are equipped with a new generation of electronically controlled ABS as standard equipment with large diameter disc
brakes front and rear. This system also incorporates electronic brake force distribution that comes into effect under hard braking before the ABS is
activated. It automatically maximizes the grip available at each wheel independently to reduce stopping distances.
World’s First Active Head Restraint System Reduces Whiplash
The Saab 9-5 features the world’s first whiplash-reducing active head restraint system as standard equipment. This simple mechanical system is designed to
limit head movement during rear-end collisions. The padded head support is connected by a linkage to a pressure plate in the back rest of the seat. In
certain types of rear collisions, the occupant’s body will be pushed into the Saab seat backrest, which moves the pressure plate toward the rear. Subsequently, the head restraint is moved upwards, and forward, to meet the head before the dangerous whiplash movement has started. The new system is designed to activate in rear end collisions equivalent to a barrier impact of 9-11 mph. The precise activation of the system is determined by the force with which the occupant’s back is pressed against the backrest, the magnitude of the collision force and the individual’s weight.
Saab 9-5 Safety Innovations Focus on Real-Life Occupant Protection
The new Saab 9-5 has been designed using real-life safety data accumulated by Saab experts in studies of more than 5,000 actual road accidents. As a
result, the front structure incorporates three robust load paths that optimize and distribute crash loads more effectively. Combined with energy absorbing
systems that collapse progressively in proportion to the impact speed, crash behavior is virtually independent of what the vehicle hits.
The safety cage around the passenger compartment is an extremely rigid structure of high-tensile steel members. Its reinforcement is so innovative that it
is covered by eight Saab patent applications. Studies of side impact injuries have resulted in the design of a special side structure impact behavior, that
Saab calls a “collision deflector.” This system channels collision forces downward during a side impact.
All five seating positions incorporate three-point inertia reel seat belts with semi-automatic height adjustments and anti-submarining ramps. European
variants feature a standard driver’s side airbag, and optional passenger and side airbags. US models will feature driver and passenger airbags in addition to side airbags, as standard equipment.
Numerous Technical Innovations
The new Saab 9-5 continues Saab’s long tradition of technical innovation with a number of new features, many of which are destined to become standard on
competitive models in the future. In addition to the new asymmetric Turbo V6 engine, rigid safety cage, triple-path five-stage front-end crash structure, Saab Active Head Restraints (SAHR), side airbags and “collision deflector” side impact protection, the Saab 9-5 features the passenger car industry’s first
ventilated front seats, among many other distinctive features. Other technical highlights include six high-pressure jet windshield washer nozzles and even a
“smart” automatic audio volume control that compensates for background noise according to the chosen setting, not just the vehicle speed.
The new Saab 9-5 is manufactured in Trollhättan, Sweden, where Saab has been building cars for 50 years. It is a completely new model that extends the
Saab range of passenger cars into the premium sedan segment. The Saab 9-5 increases Saab’s European model line from two to three — the Saab 900 in
three-door, five-door and convertible form, the Saab 9000 hatchback and now the new Saab 9-5 four-door luxury sedan. In North America, the Saab 9000 line will be available until the Saab 9-5 debuts in the Spring of 1998. North American Saab 9-5 specifications will be available in early 1998.
Posted on 01. Jun, 1997 by Ryan.
1997 SAAB 900 COUPE EMBODIES HIGH PERFORMANCE, PURE PRACTICALITY
Stronger Brakes, New Wheels Emphasize Saab Commitment to Continuous Improvement Saab for 1997 – Ever since Saab debuted the aerodynamically-advanced two-door Saab 92 prototype 50 years ago, fastback coupes have been an integral part of the carmaker’s model mix. The 1997 Saab 900 Coupe continues the heritage as a premium hatchback that offers value and utility as well as impressive performance.
NORCROSS, Ga. — From the first Saab 92 prototype unveiled 50 years ago, to today’s 1997 Saab 900 S and SE, coupe body styles have been an integral part of Saab’s heritage. In 1974, the aerodynamic two-door Saab 99 evolved into an innovative new concept known as the Combi Coupe or WagonBack, which offered the practicality of a large, lift-up tailgate with folding rear seats. This new type of premium hatchback proved immensely popular with buyers who realized that they could have both dynamic styling and pure practicality in one fun-to-drive car.
The 1997 Saab 900 Coupes showcase Saab’s most distinctive design cues in a package that combines high performance with the kind of functional utility that Saab owners demand. The Saab 900 SE Turbo Coupe has the acceleration numbers to back up its aggressive appearance. With a five-speed manual transmission, the turbocharged 900 reaches 60 mph in a mere 6.5 seconds. And with powerful new brakes, the 1997 Saab 900 returns to a standstill even quicker.
Brake discs and calipers on both front and rear wheels of the 1997 Saab 900 are larger, improving overall braking performance. Front brakes are approximately 13.5 percent larger, while rear discs increase by 5 percent. Calipers and brake pads are now positioned further from the disc center, allowing more braking torque. In addition to shorter braking distances, these changes result in a more progressive pedal feel. Ten percent larger front brake pads are composed of a new friction material, extending their useful life by about 15 percent. A four-channel anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) continues to provide further braking security. EBD precisely controls the braking pressure between front and rear wheels, regardless of the car’s load. Wheel width has been increased to 6.5 inches for the 1997 Saab 900 S Coupe, which sports an attractive new wheel design. A new three-spoke 15-inch wheel, light alloy with visible lug nuts and a distinctive Griffin center emblem, is standard on the 900 S Coupe, giving it a sportier, more aggressive appearance.
The 900 SE Turbo Coupe is fitted with a revised “Viking Aero” 16-inch light-alloy wheel, also with exposed lug nuts and Griffin center emblem. Tires are low-profile, high-speed-rated radials. Both the 900 S and SE Coupe make an additional sporty statement with a rear spoiler as standard equipment.
Drivers who choose the five-speed manual transmission will appreciate a revised gear shift mechanism that enables more positive, precise gear changes.
Front seats of the Saab 900 Coupe models have been slightly elongated for better thigh support, and are reshaped to provide a more supportive and comfortable seating position. Deeper side bolstering provides more lateral support. Flexible storage pockets are now provided at the forward edge of both front seats for added convenience.
Other changes for 1997 include new luxury velour upholstery for the 900 S, two new Mica-metallic paint choices and rear badging that identifies the engine type and size. Rear fog lights, standard on all Saab cars, have been redesigned to turn off automatically when the ignition is switched off, so they won’t inadvertently be left on when the car is restarted.
Sporty and Fun. But Always Safe
A high-performance car should offer a high degree of driving excitement, but not at the expense of occupant protection. Every Saab has been engineered with an extremely high level of passive and active safety. In fact, many of the same handling, braking and acceleration characteristics that make Saab cars especially fun to drive also enable drivers to more easily avoid accidents. Daytime running lights are another proven accident-prevention device, making the vehicles more visible to other drivers during daytime hours.
When a collision does occur, the Saab 900 Coupe includes a lengthy list of standard safety features to help minimize the chance of injury. Such passive safety items include dual air bags, ABS, lap and shoulder safety belts and head restraints in all five seating positions (optional rear seat center head restraint), side-impact reinforcement, the innovative rear “Saab Safeseat” and Saab’s renowned safety cage construction with front and rear crumple zones. To reduce damage to the car in a low- speed collision, the Saab 900 uses industry-leading 5-mph self-restoring bumpers. Saab’s commitment to safety goes beyond the crash-test laboratory. Since 1972, Saab safety engineers have investigated thousands of accidents involving Saabs in Sweden. Crucial information about how Saabs respond in real-world accident situations is continuously integrated into the design and engineering of all Saab cars.
With the rear seat in its locked upright position, the unique “Saab Safeseat” design can be fully appreciated. This design, shared by all Saab 900s, integrates special crossbeams under the seat and at the top of the rear seatback. The sturdy upper crossbeam not only provides a cross-car reinforcement in the even of a side collision, but also anchors the rear headrests and three lap-and-shoulder safety belts. In addition, it serves as a bulkhead to protect passengers from shifting cargo in the luggage compartment. The “Saab Safeseat” complements the Saab 900′s side impact reinforcement, built into the rear panels of the 900 Coupe (or rear doors of the five- door).
The roomy Saab 900 Coupe shares the same platform as the 900 five-door, and therefore has the same generous passenger space and impressive cargo capacity with the rear seat folded down. Designated a “Mid-size” car by the EPA, the spacious Saab 900 Coupe or five-door accommodates five adults. Rear seat passengers can enter and exit the 900 coupe with ease, courtesy of doors that are nearly nine inches wider than the five-door 900 model.
Active lifestyles demand sufficient capability to haul lots of recreational gear. The Saab’s 40/60/100 split-folding rear seat has a pass-through opening behind the center armrest, and folds down partially or fully. With a simple push of a release button, the rear crossbeam fold down with the seatbacks to fully open the rear areas for maximum hauling capacity of a cavernous 49.8 cubic feet.
Saab 900 S Coupe: Saab’s Value Leader
The Saab 900 S Coupe qualifies as Saab’s lowest priced car, but its list of standard equipment is far from entry-level. Luxury features abound, even on this Saab value-leader. In addition to sporty new 15-inch alloy wheels and four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, the 900 S Coupe is equipped with a lengthy list of standard features including a premium stereo with power antenna, heated seats, power windows and locks, CFC-free air conditioning and remote lock/alarm. The sophisticated alarm system includes an engine-immobilizing feature, intrusion sensors for the doors, hood and hatch and a glass-breakage sensor.
Upholstery for the Saab 900 is an attractive new luxury velour, with an elegant quilted, coarse-weave design. The new upholstery’s pattern is easier to keep clean, as dust and lint does not readily adhere to it. For maximum comfort and optimal driving position, the steering column adjusts telescopically, front safety belts are height adjustable, the driver’s seat features a variable lumbar support and the front seats are heated.
The 900 S is powered by Saab’s dual-earn 150-hp 2.3L naturally aspirated four- cylinder engine, with counter-rotating balance shafts for smoothness, matched to either a five-speed manual or electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission. A new three-spoke light-alloy wheel give the 900 S a dramatically sportier look.
World-Class Sports Car Performer: Saab 900 SE Turbo Coupe
Saab’s powerful 2.0L Turbo, one of the automaker’s Ecopower engines, is the standard powerplant on the exhilarating Saab 900 SE Coupe. Like all of Saab’s turbo Ecopower motors, the key features of the 2.0L four-cylinder are four valves per cylinder with center-located spark plug, intercooled turbocharger, Saab Trionic electronic engine management, preheated oxygen sensor and a catalytic converter positioned close to the engine for quick warm-up. Ecopower advantages include high torque at low engine speeds and generous horsepower with commendably low exhaust emissions and fuel consumption.
The low-inertia, full-boost turbocharger ensures an aggressive torque curve and strong acceleration, with boost pressure monitored by Saab’s Automatic Performance Control (APC). Saab turbochargers, with water-cooled bearings and maintenance-free operation, are an integrated part of the engine, and is designed to last the life of the vehicle.
The Turbo engine is offered with a five-speed manual or optional electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission with three driver-controlled shift modes: sport, normal and winter. The 185-hp 2.0L Saab four-cylinder Turbo engine delivers a potent match of torque and horsepower, while a standard rear spoiler, lowered sport chassis and 16-inch high-performance tires mounted on newly styled “Viking Aero” alloy wheels contribute to the 900 Coupe’s handling prowess. The “Viking Aero” three- spoke wheels now have visible lug nuts and Griffin center emblem, along with slightly revised styling for a more aggressive appearance. The 900 SE pampers its occupants with additional luxury features, such as sumptuous leather upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel and manual shift boot, power front seats with three-position driver’s memory, power sliding glass sunroof, Automatic Climate
Control (ACC), a 160-watt stereo system with eight speakers and a multi-function trip computer that, at the push of a button, calculates distance-to-empty, average fuel use, average speed and additional information.
New Mica Metallic Paint
Classic Saab 900 Coupe colors — Black and Imola Red — continue for 1997, along with Cirrus White, metallic Scarabe Green, Citrin Beige and Silver. New for 1997 are two Mica-metallic paints — Midnight Blue and Cayenne Red, both available with Taupe velour on the 900 S or Sand Beige leather. Saab’s new Mica paints contain a high metallic flake content that diffuses reflected light, producing a deeper luster and richer color.
In addition to Saab’s four-year/50,000 mile bumper-to-bumper protection with 24-hour roadside assistance, the first maintenance service at 5,000 miles is performed free of charge. Perforation coverage extends for six years with no mileage limit.
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