The Saab 9000 (1984-1998)

Posted on 25. Jan, 2007 by in 1980-1989, 1990-1999, 2000-2009, 9000, Trollhättan, Sweden

Photo Credit: Saab Automobile

I am following up to the previous post with a comprehensive model year by year description of each Saab 9000 produced along with the total production numbers for those years. I think you will find this data quite interesting.

I have also integrated video in the same way I have in the video archive, but this time linked in the text. I think this is a really nice feature and I look forward to your feedback in having the videos that were made in each year inline.

Here is the data from that original press release posted previously.

Saab 9000 – Model year by model year

1985 model
The Saab 9000 was unveiled to the press at the Kolmbden Game Park on 24 May 1984. ne car was initially available only with a 2.0-1itre, bivalve turbo engine delivering 175 bhp. When deliveries to customers began in the autumn, the demand proved to be very keen, and the waiting lists were long.

1986 model
The Saab 9000i 16 powered by a 2.0-litre injection engine developing 130 bhp was launched. Other news included wider high-speed tyres (205/55 VR 15), side direction indicator lamps in the front wings, and a more sophisticated trip computer available as an option.

1987 model
In the autumn of 1986, Saab set up two world records and 21 international speed records at the Talladega Speedway in the U.S.A., using three Saab 9000 turbo 16 cars taken directly from the production line in Trollhättan. ABS anti-lock brake were introduced as optional equipment on certain markets. Turbo cars were fitted with water-cooled turbocharger, and variable heat output we introduced for the front seats. A new four-ratio automatic transmission was also introduced delving the model year. The 2 000 000+ Saab car – a white Saab 9000 Turbo 16 – was produced in March 1987.

1988 model
The Saab 9000 CD Sedan model was presented in Nice in January 1998. Just as in the launch of the CC variant, the 9000 CD was initially available only with a turbo engine. Later in the same year, the saab 9000 Talladega – named after the speedway in the U.S.A. – was also launched. The chassis of this model was lower and the suspension was stiffer. Other new features on the 1988 model included automatic seat belt pretensions.

1989 model
The Saab Direct Ignition (DI) system was introduced on all cars with turbo engines. The engine ratings of cars with catalytic converters were raised – from 125 to 130 bhp on cars with the injection engine and from 160 to 165 bhp on cars with the turbo engine (to 175 bhp on the Talladega model). A ugh-level brake light was fitted as standard, and electrically operated seats were offered as an option. The Saab 9000 CD with injection engine was unveiled in the autumn of 1988 at the Birmingham Motor Show.

1990 model
A new four-cylinder, 2.3-1i|e ejection engine with four valves per cylinder and |111 balancer shafts was presented. ne engine was equipped with the Saab DI system and delivered an output of 150 bhp and a torque of 212 Nm at 3800 lpm. The turbo engines were equipped with a new turbocharger, and the rating of the Saab 9000 Talladega engine was raised to 185 bhp and the torque to 280 Nm at 3000 lpm.

1991 model
The turbo variant of the 2.3-1ite engine was unveiled. The engine developed 200 bhp and a torque of no less than 330 Nm at 2000 lpm. The Saab 9000 T16S model replaced the Talladega variant and had similar equipment, although now naturally with the new 2.3-litre turbo engine. ne live-door variant was given the same sloping front as the 9000 CD which, in turn, was equipped watts a bodywork-coloured aluminium strip between the 2 lamps instead of the black plastic decorative strip previously fitted. Other new features included reinforced side crash protection and an electrostatic ventilation air filter. ne Saab TCS anti-spin system was made available on certain models.

1992 model
The new Saab 9000 CSE model was launched.
Restyled Font and rear, side crash protection improved further and much higher torsional stiffness of the body were the main items of news. Saab was the first car maker to introduce a Freon-free air conditioning system. Freon was replaced by the new, chlorine-free R134a refrigerant. On certain markets, the CD variants were equipped watts a rear air conditioning system with air outlets in the parcel shelf. ne designation of the original five-door variant was changed to Saab 9000 CC. In December 1991, a Eucalyptus been Saab 9000 CSE 2.3 Turbo became the 2 500 0001 Saab car produced.

1993 model
The Saab Trionic engine management system developed in-house at Snnh was introduced on cars with turbo engines. The Saab Trionic system is controlled by a rabbit microprocessor and controls the ignition, fuel injection and turbocharger boost pressure. ne catalytic converter was moved 70 cm closer to the engine for more effective emission control when the engine is started from cold. A 2.0-litre, 150 bhp light pressure turbo engine was launched. The Saab 9000 Aero, powered by a 2.3-litre turbo engine developing 225 bhp and delivering a torque of 350 Nm at a mere 1950 lpm was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October 1992. ne car had a top speed of 240 km/h. ne four leather-upholstered seats were of a new design, with much more pronounced dishing the the standard seats.

1994 model
A new engine variant was launched – a 2.3-1itre light pressure turbo delivering 170 bhp. The 2.0-late engines were fitted with |111 balancer shafts, which had previously been reserved for the 2.3-litre engines. Other items of news on the 1994 model included an improved automatic transmission, and heat-absorbing glass. Electric windows and door mirrors became standard equipment on all variants. The Saab 9000 CC was taken out of production.

1995 model
A of engine watts unique variable induction system was presented. The engine was developed in cooperation with GM. ne displacement is 3 lives, the engine rating is 2 10 bhp, with a torque of 270 Nm at 3300 lpm. The CD variant was given the same low front as the 9000 CSE and was fitted with new tail lights.
White direction indicator lenses at the front were introduced on all markets except the U.S.A. and Canada.

1996 model
Saab Ecopower was launched as the collective name for Saab turbo engines. ne 2.3-li|e
injection engine was discontinued and was replaced by a 2.0-1itre light pressure turbo delivering 150 bhp. A new anti-theft system with automatic engine immobilizer was included in the equipment of certain models.

1997 model
On the occasion of the 50+ anniversary of Saab as car manufacturer, a specialjubilee variant of the Saab 9000 was produced in 1997. ne car is equipped with unique aluminium wheels, same spoilers and skirts as the Saab 9000 Aero, a wood and leather trimmed steering wheel, and exclusive, two-colour leather upholstery with the classic Saab aircraft symbol embossed in the backrests.

1998 model
The last model year for the Saab 9000. Production of the Saab 9000 reached half a million cars in December 1997. A11 metallic paints were now water-based. A new bespoke aluminium wheel watts visible wheel bolts and the Saab Griffm symbol on the hub caps was introduced. The CD variant was taken out of production. The very last Saab 9000 – No.
503 087 – rolled out of the factory on 6 May 1998 for delivery to the Saab Car Museum.

Number of cars per calendar

1984 470
1985 13,721
1986 34,816
1987 49,081
1988 52,199
1989 49,556
1990 45,648
1991 45,533
1992 45,906
1993 37,384
1994 32,196
1995 36,844
1996 32,992
1997 24,201
1998 2,540
Total 503,087



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4 Responses to “The Saab 9000 (1984-1998)”

  1. shane ford

    08. Nov, 2008

    that saab video was the best thank you.i have a 9000 2.3 cs1993 w/ 1996 leather interior cs

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  2. Tony

    11. Dec, 2010

    I was expecting a much more comprehensive break up and particularly on Carlsson and Aero….total production, how many to each country?..My 1991 2.3 Carlsson is one of only 25 came to Australia…..for years the story was 7 until a SaaB factory mechanic told me otherwise…, but exactly where did all the rest go (in predice export numbers) . My 1996 Aero is one of??? many to Australia and where (which countries) did the rest go over the life of the 9000 aero?. Is anyone interested in contributing to a register of both the Carlsson and the Aero. If anyone in Australia has some Aero 16’s to replace my stolen ones, I’d be very happy to hear about it! …Australia 0405 400 515 email I am in NSW /Qld but any offer well received… Cheers Tony

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  3. Xavier club SAAB

    04. Feb, 2012

    je lance une série d’article cette semaine sur la production de SAAB :

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  4. Tony

    18. Apr, 2013

    Merci Xavier …vous habitez ‘ou’ ? en France. J’ai lu le ‘production’ mails il n’ya pas
    des renseignements apropos procution et Distribution “Carlsson”

    Si vous me liriez plus, me contacter goldmort@onthe J’ai habitez en France (Limousin et plus sud ..Castelnaudary)pendant plusiers des annes.En France jia un renoult express…et Cosworth Sierra,

    Mielleur Salutations


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