The Saab 900 SPG Prototype – 1984

Posted on 04. Sep, 2008 by in 2000-2009, 900 SPG Prototype


Photo Credit: Saab Automobile & Saab History respectively

Saab Automobile introduced the Saab 900 Turbo 16 Aero which was the prelude and prototype to the Special Performance Group (SPG), at the Brussels Motor Show in Belgium in 1984. The Saab 900 Turbo 16 Aero known in Europe or Saab 900 SPG Prototype in the U.S. came equipped with a new engine which marked the 3rd generation Turbo and had 175 horsepower.

spg1.jpgThe Saab 900 Turbo 16 Aero or SPG Prototype arrived with a unique “Mother of Pearl” exterior paint job on the body and skirts and a Colorado red leather interior and same colored steering wheel and dash and A-pillars, body colored steer. In addition, the notable aerodynamic styling was first introduced in this vehicle known as an aerodynamic skirt kit, rear whale-tail spoiler, vent covers all also painted in “Mother of Peark” paint, combined with unique three-pronged wheels that continued throughout all SPG models up until 1991.

The photo above is the European version of the vehicle, however the photograph in color recently taken at the 2008 Saab Owners Convention indicates the U.S. spec. Saab 900 SPG Prototype complete with the whale-tail, and vent covers.

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3 Responses to “The Saab 900 SPG Prototype – 1984”

  1. Arte Levy

    22. Dec, 2008

    I wish to clarify that the Prototype Aero/SPG was not produced with a whale tail or vent covers. These are accessory items that were added by owners of the few prototype vehicles after they were sold to the public.

    The SPG Prototype vehicle only had a standard rear spoiler attached as shown in official Saab photos and automotive review articles from the period.

    Of the four prototypes that were produced, one was manufactured with US-SPEC/DOT compliant headlamps, etc. (VIN 060)

    VIN 060 was also used by Saab Scania as a test bed for US magazine reviews and to determine if the Mother of Pearl paint could be color-matched in the field.

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  2. Ryan

    22. Dec, 2008


    Thank you! This is very interesting, informative and very helpful!



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