litre inline 4 cylinder
The Saab EV-1 concept which debuted at the 1985 Los Angeles
Auto Expo was a concept car in the purest of forms. From
the outset Saab had no intention to develop the EV-1 into
a production model. Instead it was to be used as an engine
development test bed and a styling exercise to allow Saab's
designers to stretch their creative abilities.
The EV-1 was barely recognizable as
The EV-1 was based on the Saab 900 Turbo 16v. The body
was steel and the roof all glass. The front and rear bumpers
were formed from Kevlar and were designed to absorb impacts
and revert to their original shape after low speed collisions.
The doors featured carbon-fibre side impact protection.
Mounted up front was a turbocharged, 2.0 litre, inline
4 cylinder engine which produced a very respectable 285
horsepower and allowed the EV-1 to reach a 168 mph top
speed. The 0-60 mph sprint took just 5.9 seconds.
The exterior design of the EV-1 was hardly recognizable
as a Saab, the only clues were the multi-frame grille
and high shoulder line.
The four seat interior of the Saab EV-1 concept was glazed
almost 360 degrees, including the roof. The glass was
specially treated to reflect the heat and the roof section
featured photovoltaic solar cells which provided electricity
to power fans which kept the interior cool.
Interestingly the EV-1 concept featured as a background
prop in the film Back to the Future Part II.
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