The Saab 9000 CC : 1985 – 1992

Posted on 01. Dec, 2008 by in 1980-1989, 1990-1999, 9000

Photo Credit: Saab Automobile

The Saab 9000 was unveiled at the Kolmarden Zoo and game park 24 May 1984, one hour South of Nykoping, Sweden, Saab’s former head office. The 9000 CC was co-developed by Saab-Scania’s Car Division as well as Lancia, Fiat & Alfa-Romeo following the Saab 600.

This model was designed by the Italian, Giorgetto Giugiaro as well as Swedish designer Björn Envall. The 9000 had over 2 million miles of testing and development devoted towards it and was built in both Trollhättan, Sweden as well as Uusikaupunk, Finland

As a tribute to the endurance that this car had, there were numerous tests conducted such as the Talladega “Long Run” in 1986. In 1990, the 9000 also won the guinness book of world records in for distance traveled.

The Saab 9000 began design all the way back in 1974, but was first produced in 1985 and lasted until 1992, until a new CS body style was built. However, some years after the 9000 CC was produced, a 9000 CD showed up in 1988 and was produced until 1997, later to be alongside the CS.

This model for SAAB came equipped with the following specifications:

Exterior: 5-Door Hatchback design with sedan appearance, unibody construction, chrome grille, flat nose, flat headlights, rear wrap-around spoiler, alloy wheels 6″ width x 15″, 3058lbs.

1986 MY Side Marker lenses on fender, spoiler only on hatch
1991 MY New Facelift on model, new forward facing front bumper, grille, headlights and cornering lights, and trimwork is all black from previous aluminum, fog lights integrated into spoiler, reinforced crash protection.

Interior: Fully appointed interior, cloth and leather,full cockpit inspired dash, with dash mounted ignition (departure from console mounted ignition), seats folded flat with brackets for large storage room.

1987 MY Variable Seat Heating
1988 MY Automatic seat tensioners]
1990 MY Driver’s Side Airbag standard
1992 MY Passenger Side Airbag standard

Chassis: Long wheelbase, wide track, well balanced, macpherson struts, solid rear axle with shocks and springs

1987 MY ABS Introduced as Option
1992 MY Traction Control


2.0 Liter 16 valve 175hp Engine, transversely mounted, bosch LH fuel injection system, fuel tank capacity, 17.9 US/68 liters, 9.0:1 compression

1988 MY Water-cooled turbocharger
1990 MY Direct Ignition Introduced
1991 MY 2.3 Liter Engine Introduced, balance shafts present, 150hp, 212Nm of torque at 3800rpm. New Mitsubishi turbocharger
1992 MY 2.3 liter engine turbo introduced with 200hp and 330Nm of torque at 200rpm.


1986 MY 5- Speed, front wheel drive
1987 MY Four-Speed Automatic Transmission, front wheel drive


Wheelbase 2672mm
Front Track 1522mm
Rear Track 1492m
Turning circle diameter 10.0m
Length 4620mm
Width 1764mm
Height 1430mm
Performance Max Speed 132mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph 8.8 secs

Global Production:

Model Year – Units

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

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7 Responses to “The Saab 9000 CC : 1985 – 1992”

  1. Pilot

    03. Feb, 2009

    Afaik, designation “CC” was never used by Saab. Pre-CS hatchbaks were just “9000” (and “5D” in documentation).

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  2. Ryan

    03. Feb, 2009


    This is incorrect, Saab did designate it as a 9000 CC model.

    Here’s proof in their documentation, note the pie chart from their books.

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  3. Pilot

    04. Feb, 2009

    Could you please specify what exactly was “their book” you took that chart from?

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  4. Ryan

    05. Feb, 2009


    This was from a printed press release published in 1998 at the end of the 9000 series production from Saab Automobile Sweden.

    I hope that helps.



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  5. Pilot

    27. Feb, 2009

    Isn’t it kinda strange that this mysterious designation could be found only in some obscure document allegedly published by Saab?

    I mean, there was no decal “CC”, no one 9000 ever proudly carried these letters on its body, the designation never appeared in factory documentation or parts catalogs. More than 200,000 cars were produced after all — why this “CC” thing could be found in only ONE Saab document?

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    15. Sep, 2011

    This model was designed by the Italian, Giorgetto Giugiaro as well as Swedish designer Björn Envall.

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    03. Oct, 2011

    I didn’t really care for the design of the 80s Saabs, but liked the design of the 90s. Too bad they couldn’t make the cars reliable though.

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