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1978-1981 SAAB 99 Turbo specifications

1978-1981 SAAB 99 Turbo specifications Classic and Performance Car

During its lifetime, the 99 had received regular upgrades, first a larger version of its slant-four engine, then fuel-injection to create the effective EMS sports saloon. However, in 1978, the Saab created a legend – the 145bhp 99 Turbo. An early adopter of forced-induction, Saab’s fast but laggy 99 Turbo hit the market at just the right time – the second energy crisis of 1979 witnessed many people trading down from larger cars, and the seemingly economical new car offered all of the pace without the fuel consumption of the multi-cylinder opposition.

Production

  • Production:
    10,607
  • Price at launch:
    £7,850
  • Price (excellent)
    £3,000
  • Price (good):
    £2,200
  • Price (average):
    £1,000
  • Price (project):
    £450

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    8.9secs
  • Top speed:
    121.0mph
  • Power:
    145.0bhp
  • Torque:
    174.0lb/ft

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line four
  • Aspiration:
    Turbocharged
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    electronic fuel injection

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, coil spring, wishbone
  • Suspension Rear:
    Dead axle, trailing arms, Panhard rod
  • Steering:
    rack and pinion
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4395mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2477mm
  • Width:
    1689mm
  • Height:
    1435mm
  • Weight:
    1130kgs

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