The Saab 900 Notchback : 1981 – 1993

Posted on 30. Nov, 2008 by in 1980-1989, 1990-1999, 900


Photo Credit: Saab-Scania

The Saab 900 notchback sedan was first shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 1981. That year, the models traditional 3-door & 5-door hatchback model lineup was expanded to include sedans which featured a new body style known as the “notchback”, which effectively eliminated the hatch leaving a trunk.

This new body style was included in not only the initial sedans, but between 1985 and 1986, it had a 3-door model people refer to as the “notchback”. It’s design continued through the years until 1993, and it even served as the basis for the Saab 900 convertible in 1986.

This model for SAAB came equipped with the following specifications:


1982 MY Central Locking on GLE (900S & Turbo models), wide angle rear view mirror now available, 400 limited edition 25th Anniv. models Added with Two-Tone Blue/Grey, alloy wheels, 25th anniv steering wheel emblem.
1983 MY Front Parking Lights, Rear Fog Lights and electrically operated sunroof, leather was an option on Turbo models.
1984 MY New Silver-Grey Grille with slightly rounded corners, and 900 (GLE), 900S (EMS) and Turbo had three spoke steering wheel,SPG Prototype launched
1985 MY 900, 900S, 900 Turbo, Saab-Scania Emblem on Hood, trunk and steering wheel, four door turbos had rear spoiler
1986 MY 900, 900S, 900 Turbo Side Indicator lights added to front fenders
1987 MY 900, 900S, 900 Turbo New Facelift on all models, 900, 900S, 900 Turbo, SPG that included bumpers, bumper extensions front and rear, new grille, headlights and corner markers with integrated spoiler on front bumper for turbo models
1988 MY 900, 900S, 900 Turbo window strips black, handles, decor plate and tinted windows.
1989 MY 900, 900S, 900 Turbo Third Brake light mandatory for U.S. Models, although this was present back in 1987 MY as campaign recall.
1990 MY 900, 900S, 900 Turbo Normally aspirated (ie. N/A), fuel tank increased from 63 to 68 litres.
1991 MY 900, 900S, 900 Turbo
1992 MY 900, 900S, 900 Turbo
1993 MY 900, 900S, 900 Turbo


1981 MY New Rear Seats, Electric Windows, larger fuel tank & trunk, spare tire under floor.
1983 MY Tachometer
1986 MY Center Armrest added
1991 MY Electrostatic compartment air filter added, same seats as 9000 with electrically adjustable driver’s side seat


Unitary construction, independent front suspension, wishbones, coil springs, rear solid axle, Panhard Rod, coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers, Front disc brakes, vacuum servo rear, twin circuit braking, rack and pinion steering, 58 litre fuel tank, 165SR15 tires, 5″ rim.

1983 MY Asbestos free brakes.
1988 MY New Brakes & Wheel Hub configuration, handbrake worked with rear wheels now, opposed to front.
1992 MY ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) included.


Engine Four-cylinder longitudinally mounted, 90×78mm, 1985cc, compr: 9.2:1, 118hp @ 5,500 rpm, 167Nm @ 3,700 rpm, Overhead valves, four cylinder, two valves per cylinder, ohc valve gear, one chain driven ohc, aluminium alloy cylinder head, cast iron block, 5-bearing crankshaft, Bosch CI injection, water cooling, viscous fan.

1981 MY Lighter & Stronger H Engine, GLE offered in only four door sedan
1982 MY Automatic Performance Control (APC)
1983 MY Five Door 900 GLi model with 118hp offered in Sweden.
1984 MY 900 T16S Aero Available in certain markets in Black or Silver, 900 SPG “Prototype” offered, LH Fuel Injection
1985 MY 900 base model had 100hp, 900i fuel injected 118hp, 900 turbo had 145hp, 900T16S 175hp (SPG in U.S. market)
1986 MY Intercooler added to existing eight-valve turbos, hydraulic engine mounts added to 16valve engines
1987 MY Catalytic Converter Added
1988 MY Water Cooled Turbo added
1985 MY 16 Valve 2.0 Liter Turbo & N/A Engine, 175 hp
1991 MY 16 Valve 2.1 (2,119cc) Liter Normally Aspirated Engine


Front-wheel drive, four and five speed transmission and automatic transmissions.
1991 MY Upgraded 5-Speed Transmission


Wheelbase 252.5cm/99.4″
Front Track 142cm/55.9″
Rear Track 143cm/56.3″
Ground Clearance 15cm/5.9″
Turning Circle 11.25m/36′11″‘
Length 473.9cm/186.5″
Width 169cm/66.5″
Height 142cm/56.25″
Performance Max Speed 105 mph/169 kph
22.5 mph/36.1 kph @ 1,000 rpm
Acceleration 0-60 mph 13.3 secs
Standing Mile 18.2 secs
Average Fuel Consumption 24.5mpg

Global Production:

Model Year – Units

1981 MY – ?
1982 MY – ?
1983 MY – ?
1984 MY – ?
1985 MY – ?
1986 MY – ?
1987 MY – ?
1988 MY – ?
1989 MY – ?
1990 MY – ?
1991 MY – ?
1992 MY – ?
1993 MY – ?

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