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Sport-Utility Vehicle. comes to mind when you this term? Likely a truck-based vehicle covered in plastic body cladding; it has a big, gas-guzzling six- or engine, and a cargo hold while voluminous, is restrictive to the vehicle’s massive footprint.

utilitarian in function, most short of the car enthusiast’s definition of Today’s Saab lineup the 9-7X, a vehicle that this traditional definition of a Vehicle, but one decade ago, Motors’ most left-brained sold a premium vehicle created its own, entirely definition: the 9000 Aero.

Saab debuted their new car, 1985’s upscale five-door, it was the culmination of 11 years of and international collaboration. The new 900 was still years away when designers and executives started to take the brand–then selling the 99 and III sports car–upscale with more spacious and powerful The 900 would be more powerful and than the 99, especially in Turbo but its longitudinal engine and transmission limited the amount of space for passengers.

The 9000’s space-efficient transverse-engine/front-wheel-drive would be the result of an international a traditionally small company a limited research and development Saab Automobile partnered Italian automaker Fiat to a new Type 4 platform that underpin the 9000, Lancia Fiat Chroma and the Alfa 164. The Swedish-Italian collaboration was to cooperating on structural analysis and development, but the Saab did get a bit of Italian courtesy of its aerodynamic styling, by noted designer and then-Lancia design engineer, Giorgetto

Like the others, Saab’s of this platform combined the transverse drivetrain with a wheelbase (versus 99.1 for and wheels pushed to the corners for interior space. Following 99/900 Wagonback tradition, the new debuted as a five-door hatchback split/folding rear seats, station wagon capacity a steeply sloping rear while the 9000 was physically than its 900 stablemate, it was more inside with 123-cu.ft. of space (23.5-cu.ft. in the trunk, with rear seats qualifying as an EPA-rated large a distinction shared only the contemporary Rolls-Royce in America.

The had a performance slant from day as it was introduced with Saab’s engine, the turbocharged and intercooled four-cylinder making 160hp and of torque, mated to a five-speed gearbox. An appearance upgrade and new shaft, dual overhead-cam turbo engine arrived in and these 9000 Turbo upped the performance considerably 200hp and 244-lbs.ft. of torque.

Saab was never an automaker to for the sake of change, so it wasn’t 1993 that the 9000 a major overhaul; while to earlier models, the car’s body was reinforced to meet side-impact standards, while the and rear ends were updating the looks with a form. New front fenders to a lowered grille and headlamp while the former three-glass-panel lost its side ports and a longer, more notchback-like deck. These redesigned models earned the CS/CSE and mid-way through that year, the 9000 Aero was

The new flagship of Saab’s lineup was a luxury/sport vehicle, and it received a of specific features to set it apart the standard 200hp 9000 CSE The Aero’s 2.3-liter four-cylinder was with a larger water-cooled recalibrated Trionic engine system and Automatic Performance (APC), to adjust boost based on fuel quality and (premium grade was recommended for performance); it made 225hp at rpm and 258-lbs.ft. of torque at 1,950

This full-boost engine rave reviews; period boasted, The 5-speed Saab Aero will streak 50 to 75 mph faster than a Ferrari or a Porsche Carrera 4. Writing for magazine, David E. Davis up its performance with the following: I at the dry specifications I’ve written and see that nowhere do they your eyes pop the way the car does you shift down to third and on it to pass somebody who thought he was pretty briskly. The 9000 is an enthusiast’s car, period. It has capability than you need, but just what you’ve wanted.

Because Saab’s ZF automatic transmission couldn’t the torque of the 225hp engine, Aeros used the standard CSE engine, with 200hp and of torque. Either way, were surprisingly long-legged and efficient, offering a rated mpg (city/highway) with a 5-speed and mpg with an automatic transmission.

tweaks included beefier strut piston rods, and rear anti-roll bars and as well as a lowered chassis; the three-spoke 16 x 6.5-inch Aero wheels carried over 1991-’92, but now mounted 205/55-ZR16 tires with five-percent sidewalls for more ride Ventilated front (11-inch) and rear (10.2-inch) disc were aided by a standard system.

Offsetting its black window and beltline molding, the Aero body-colored aerodynamic components contributed to a 10-percent reduction in force and its aggressive look; rocker panel extensions, arch extensions, special and rear bumpers and a deck-mounted spoiler were all part of the A special full-leather interior set the Aero apart; the four-place seating featured aggressive and upper bolstering as well as treated non-slip leather to keep occupants in place hard cornering.

Matching was also used on the door the steering wheel and manual knob and boot. A power was standard equipment, as well as power front seats, windows, central locking and an climate control system

These first half-year are known for being unique, as a of features are exclusive to that a non-defeatable traction control was standard (a defeatable version was in 1994 and ’95, and discontinued for 1996 and ’97), and the manual is different from the ones before and after. A passenger-side took the place of the glovebox in Aeros, and fresh three-spoke Aero alloy wheels in the size gave the car a sportier The aforementioned manual gearbox a redesigned synchromesh system for shifts, and reconfigured engine changed the engine’s torque to 252-lbs.ft. at a super-low 1,800

Further refinements made the Aeros even more a burl walnut dash 10-speaker Harmon/Kardon CD/cassette telescoping steering wheel, center console and remote system were all new, as was a suspension. The 1996 models reconfigured interior storage rear-seat cupholders, storage on the seats and a rigid compartment to the document organizer in the passenger’s the only change for the car’s season was a new 2.3 Turbo badge the right taillamp.

The 9000 was a complex vehicle in its day, but its complexity, many Aero in the fervent Saab enthusiast enjoy wrenching on their own and there are a number of Saab who love Aeros, too.

Points that careful owners always inspect the heater core (roughly life span), Direct cassette (80,000), engine (110,000) and head gasket on maintenance). The traction control (TCS) available from to 1995 is a known weakness can lead to chronic driveability but knowledgeable 9000 specialists can this system. If you like your hands dirty, are a number of online technical with knowledgeable people who are to offer advice on any maintenance if you don’t have the tools or it pays to find an independent specialist in your area who can your 9000 Aero in top you’ll be rewarded by a luxurious, car that hauls, as well as


I-4, dual chain-driven cams, 4-valves per cast-iron block and aluminum dual counter-rotating balance turbocharger and intercooler, 2,290cc cubic inches)


225 @ rpm [Automatic: 200 @ 5,500 rpm]

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