SAAB 900 Turbo
SAAB presented the 900 Turbo in the late ’70s when turbocharging was new. They were at the height of success as an upscale manufacturer of high-quality, high-tech cars. Back then, only a few models had turbocharging as a regular production item. So, for a brief time in the late ’70s, SAAB was the only non-sports model with a turbocharged engine.
The 2.0-liter four-cylinder with forced induction produced 143 HP at first but went all the way to 185 HP in later versions. They initially offered the 900 Turbo as a coupe and then as a convertible. In the ’80s, SAAB cars were popular among upper-middle-class buyers, intellectuals and artists. They were stylish, yet usable and affordable transport that possessed advanced technology and unique designs.
Back in the day, the SAAB 900 was different from any other offering in that price class. The convertible was especially popular in yuppie circles of young executives in the ’80s. With front-wheel drive, an exotic name and updated technology, power and performance, the 900 Turbo is one of the greatest front-wheel-drive cars ever. Also, it introduced FWD to the upper class.