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Saab 99 Turbo

Saab 99 Turbo

Saab 99 Turbo

Saab 99 Turbo interior

Year 1977 - 1980
Engine 2.0 litre inline 4-cylinder, turbocharged
Transmission 4 speed manual, FWD
Max speed 124 mph
0-60 mph 8.9 seconds
Horsepower 145 bhp @ 5000 rpm
weight 1,130 kg / 2,491 lbs

Clearly the Saab 99 Turbo isn't going to win any classic beauty contests, but it came loaded with enough quirky charm to make it a characterful and desirable classic.

When new the Saab 99T wasn't cheap, but it did offer a lot of perks. It had four usable seats, it could turn heads, it had a degree of practicality, and if you liked the looks then there wasn't anything else like it on the market.

The Saab 99 Turbo was powered by a turbocharged 2.0 litre 4-cylinder engine which produced 145 hp @ 5,000 rpm, and 174 lb ft of torque @ 3,000 rpm. That's not a lot nowadays, but in the late 70s it was pretty impressive for what was essentially a suped-up family car.

The Garrett AiResearch turbocharger was designed to provide its maximum power in the middle of the rev range, and only when the accelerator was flat to the floor.

The Saab 99 Turbo was offered in 3 different body styles, a two-door saloon, a five-door saloon, and the iconic 3-door hatchback (Combi coupé). There was also a Turbo S special model with factory-fitted water injection, providing an extra 15–20 horsepower.

Stylewise the Saab 99 Turbo was relatively discreet compared to the standard car. It had small spoilers both front and rear, distinctive 'inca' alloy wheels, and the interior featured a small boost gauge.

In total 10,607 Saab 99 Turbos were built. By far the most popular color was black, a color which suited the car's unique shape and discreet persona.

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