Saab Car Divisions Secret Saab-Scania V8 Project In 1989

Posted on 31. Dec, 2008 by in 2000-2009, Innovations


Photo Credit: Raimo

According to a Saab History frequent visitor, Ivor M, the Saab Car Division worked with Saab-Scania to produce their first V-8 engine, effectively two combined 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engines in 1989.

He’s actually be in touch with one of the original design engineers responsible for the production of this engine! Great work Ivar! Although this is an interesting project, I believe it’s probably best that it was not given the green light because it would go against Saab’s philosophy of “rightsizing” anyways.

I have spoken with the test driver, design engineer and the person responsible for the production (all the same person) of totally 10 engines from SisuDiesel in Linnavouri.

Only 2 were assembled. 8 engines went back to SAAB Valmet factory and according to Valmet today, they have no parts or tools for casting left and they do not know what happened with the parts after the project was shut down by GM.

The engine had a specially made gear box and it will be very difficult to reproduce this engine again.

I will search more in Finland, if somebody assembled more engines from the parts of the remaining 8 engines.

Best Regards

Ivar M

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One Response to “Saab Car Divisions Secret Saab-Scania V8 Project In 1989”

  1. Peter Gilbert

    31. Dec, 2008

    This is very interesting, as when we go back to the genesis of the slant-four, it was a joint developement with Triumph, UK. The Triumph engine went into the TR-7 (clutch at the rear of the engine compartment). The Saab engine went into the first 99 (clutch up-front). Then Triumph released the Stag, which had a V-8 (two Saab-Triumph) engines mated together, in a powerful two-seater car, that was reminisant of a Spitfire on steroids!

    Considering the power, which I now enjoy in my 2007 9-5 “I’d rather have half-a-V-8!”

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