Even in standard 175bhp Turbo form, the 9000 was a quick machine – especially in the mid-range. But those sporting Swedes wanted to build a high performance flagship, and honoured legendary works rally driver Erik Carlsson by naming its go-faster model after him. Visual alterations were subtle, but the 200bhp upgrade resulted in vivid acceleration, with which the lowered and stiffened suspension sometimes struggled to cope. The last few Carlssons produced in 1992 were fitted with 2.3-litre 225bhp engines, and were capable of cracking 150mph and 0-60mph in under 6 seconds.
Price at launch:
Independent, McPherson strut, anti-roll bar
Dead axle, lower link, Panhard rod, coil spring, anti-roll bar
rack and pinion