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 Saab Model History

Below is a model history of the Saab 900 (NG) and Saab 9-3.

Much of this information is courtesy of Wikipedia

 Saab New Generation (NG) 900


The second generation Saab 900 (called the NG900) replaced the 'classic' Saab 900 in 1994. General Motors (GM) had taken ownership of Saab, hence this model also being known as the GM900.

The car was based on the Vaxhaul Cavalier, while keeping it's design similar to that of the Classic 900 which it replace.

Variants include the S and SE models, as well as three-door, five-door and convertible body styles. There was also a 'Talladega' version, after a record-breaking endurance test, in 1996, on the Talladega racetrack.

The new generation 900 was equipped with 2.0 L, 2.3 L, (low or full pressure turbo) Saab 16-valve DOHC engines (B202, B204, B234) and also a 2.5 L version of GM's European 54° V6 engine. Engine management was operated by Saab Direct Ignition (SDI) + Automatic Performance Control (APC) + Bosch LH Jetronic or Saab Trionic unit, although in 1996 the distributor operated ignition was re-introduced for 2.0 and 2.3 L naturally aspirated engines.

The turbocharged variants powering the NG900 (B204) used Saab the Saab Trionic 5 system.

There was a 'Sensonic Clutch' variant, in which no clutch pedal was required, although it had a 'manual' gear-change. This option was short-lived.

In contrast to the 'classic' Saab 900, the NG900 had a transversely-mounted engine and a rear-hinged hood (bonnet).


2.0 L B204 full pressure 16-valve turbo intercooled, 175 hp DIN (129 kW)
2.0 L B204 full pressure 16-valve turbo, special with a red APC controller (see below), 185 hp 136 kW)
2.0 L B204 normally-aspirated 16-valve four cylinder, 133 hp
2.3 L B234 normally-aspirated 16-valve four cylinder, 150 hp
2.5 L 54° V6, 24-valve, 170 hp DIN (125 kW)

 Saab 9-3 (1999 to 2003)


The original 9-3 was a rebadged, improved last-generation Saab 900. Launched in 1998 for the 1999 model year, it featured slightly sleeker styling with some models sporting a black rear spoiler and removed Saab's trademark centrally-mounted "snow flap". It was available as a three or five-door hatchback, and as a two-door convertible. This was the last small Saab to use the company's H engine.


A high-powered, no longer in production version of the 9-3 was the Viggen, named after the Saab Viggen aircraft. It came with a turbocharged 2.3 L engine giving 230 hp ECE (169 kW). 0-100 km/h is done in 6.4 seconds and the top speed is 249 km/h.


2.0 L B204 I4, 138 hp ECE (1998-1999)
2.0 L B204 I4, turbo, 185 hp ECE (136 kW) (1998-1999)
2.0 L B205 I4, turbo, 185 hp ECE (136 kW) (2000-2002)
2.0 L B205E (non-US) I4, LPT(light pressure turbo), 150 hp ECE (110 kW) (2000-2002)
2.0 L B205R I4, turbo, 205 hp ECE (151 kW) (1999-2003)
2.3 L B235R I4, turbo, 230 hp ECE (169 kW) (1999-2002)

A total of 326,370 were made.

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