ⓘ Saab 900

Saab 900

ⓘ Saab 900

The Saab 900 is a mid-sized automobile which was produced by Saab from 1978 until 1998 in two generations. The first generation from 1978 to 1994 is known as the "classic" and the generation from 1994 to 1998 is known as the "new generation".

The "classic" Saab 900 was based on the Saab 99 chassis, though with a longer front end to meet U.S. frontal crash regulations. The 900 was produced in 2- and 4-door sedan, and 3- and 5-door hatchback configurations and, from 1986, as a cabriolet convertible model. There were single- and twin-Zenith carburettor, fuel injected, and turbocharged engines, including both Full Pressure Turbo FPT, and, in European models during the early 1990s, Low Pressure Turbos LPT.


1.1. Saab 900 "Classic" History

The 1979 900 was available in three versions of the B-engine: The GL had the single-carb 100 PS 73.5 kW engine, the GLs had twin carburetors for 108 PS 79 kW, the EMS and GLE had fuel injection for 118 PS 87 kW, and the 900 Turbo produced 145 PS 107 kW. The only bodywork originally available was the three or five-door hatchback style, which was seen as more modern at the time. The EMS was only available with three doors while the automatic-equipped GLE was only offered with five. Saabs model years were generally introduced in August/September of the preceding year.

The Turbo had a different grille from the naturally aspirated models, which received a design with a hexagonal central element. For the 1980 model year, all versions received the sleeker turbo-style grille. The 1980 900 also received larger taillights rather than the earlier 99 units, as well as lower, adjustable headrests up front. 1980 was also the first year for a five-speed gearbox, originally only available in the EMS and the Turbo.

The four-door 900 sedan was introduced in Geneva 1980, as a result of dealer pressure. This introduction corresponded with the phase-out of the old Saab B engine in favor of the lighter Saab H engine. In the early 1980s, most 900s were produced in Trollhattan. However, coinciding with the production of the 9000, more 900s were produced elsewhere. The Valmet plant in Finland, referenced below under the 900c, also produced regular 900s, a total of 238.898 examples. The plant in Arlov now closed, near Malmo, also produced some 900s. For 1981 all models except for the GL three-door received a considerable boost in equipment, as well as broader side trims, larger luggage compartments and fuel tanks. The spare tire was moved to underneath the floor, rather than standing upright in the luggage compartment. The GLE was now only available as a four-door sedan.

A big change for 1982 was the introduction of Saabs Automatic Performance Control APC, a.k.a. boost controller. The APC employed a knock sensor, allowing the engine to use different grades of gasoline without engine damage. Another new feature that year was the introduction of central locking doors on the GLE and Turbo. The long-wheelbase 900 CD was also introduced. Asbestos-free brakes were introduced in 1983, an industry first. The front discs were semi-metallic while the rears were made from silica. The GLE and EMS models gained a new central console, while the decor strips on the bumpers of all models were made wider necessitating wider trim pieces on the flanks as well. A new luxury package was made available on Turbo cars, while the EMS gained new wheels, a front spoiler, a sunroof, and a sport steering wheel. It was only available as a three-door hatchback in silver metallic. A new model also appeared during that year in Sweden - the five-door GLi, which used the fuel injected engine.

Model year 1984 saw the introduction of the 16-valve DOHC B202 engine in Europe. With a turbocharger and intercooler, it could produce 175 hp/129 kW in the Turbo 16 model less for catalyst-equipped engines. The Turbo 16 Aero) were mounted where the radio usually was. The radio was moved to a new lower centre console that was not fitted to the 1980 model as standard. It was Eurovox MCC-9090R cassette player and radio with Voxson VX-89 graphic equaliser powering 6 speakers - 2x4" full range front, 2x1" dome tweeter overhead and 2x6" tri-axial rear. Apart from this, the car had a standard turbo version interior with green seats and triangular center steering wheel.

The cars were fitted with either gold or black-centred depending on body colour Simmons P-4 3-piece composite alloy 7.5x15" wheels with polished lip. The overall outside edge-to-edge distance is 4 in 100 mm wider at the front and 9 in 230 mm at the rear over a 900 Turbo of the day - mainly to decrease the roll centre height and improve turn-in response. Tyres were 225/50VR15 Pirelli Cinturato P7 units in both the front and rear. Spare wheel was a full size steel rim 5x15" with Michelin 175/70HR15 tyre.

Suspension was improved with 290 mm free length by 17 mm 368 lb 7.1 turn springs up front and 300 mm free length by 16 mm 484 lb 9 turn springs at the rear. Steering caster was set to +2.25 deg +/-.25 deg, camber to -1.75 deg +/-.25 deg and toe in was 2.5 mm +/- 0.5 mm.

To increase performance, the waste gate was set at 17 psi 1.2 bar, which delivered a claimed 175 hp 130 kW from its 8-valve B201 slant-4 engine. Upstream water injection came standard.

Paint was a 2-pack Dulux Acran enamel and came in at least four known colours: 137B "Aquamarine Blue Metallic" and a very light green almost white referred to as 152G "Marble White". There was at least one Enduro painted in 121B "Solar Red" and a fourth in 148B "Acacia Green Metallic". The hood, side window frames and rear deck were painted in Dulux GT Satin Black. Large "ENDURO" in 99 TURBO style font stripes were emblazoned on the hood, the rear deck and along both sides at sill level, although not all vehicles were treated to the "Enduro" hood graphics.

None of the cars are known to be ever exported from Australia, but its believed that no more than 6 examples survived to this day, with only 3 of them actually known. 2 of those were already extensively modified over the years, one awaiting full restoration. Some of the cars had the wheel centre replaced from Simmons P-4 to deeper dish V-4 version. There is also known a "half-Enduro" car, now owned by a real Enduro owner. The Saab dealer in Adelaide did the same Enduro fiberglass bodykit for their showcar with a paint scheme of then non-existent 900 Lux and advertised the conversion option for $5000. This was quickly put to an end as the dealer chose not to risk his dealership agreement with Saab.


1.2. Saab 900 "Classic" 900 Lux

The Lux was a special model available 1983 and 1984. It came in a two-tone paint, usually Slate Blue metallic on top and silver below.


1.3. Saab 900 "Classic" 900 SE

The SE model was produced in May 1990 and came with 5-doors Iridium Blue with blue pinstripes down the sides. The car also featured multi-spoke alloys, full electrics, grey leather seats, and wood effect as standard. Only 300 were originally made for the UK market, with a choice of either a 2.0L N/A engine or 2.0L LPT version. Later more SE versions were made, e.g. the 3-door LPT 900 SE Aero 1993. However, these were not part of the original limited run.


1.4. Saab 900 "Classic" 900 Carlsson

The Carlsson was a special edition 900 produced in honour of Erik Carlsson, of which only 600 examples were sold in the three years it was in production 1990 to 1992 and only available in the UK. It is thought by most that there were only 200 examples sold but in fact there were 200 examples sold for each of those three years. So it would be more probable that there are 200 examples of each of the three colours, which were, Black, White and Red. All 900 Carlssons were 3-door hatchbacks, had a body coloured AirFlow body kit, were fitted with twin chrome exhausts, whaletail rear spoiler and were powered by the 1.985 cc turbocharged engine with an upgraded Red APC producing 185 bhp 138 kW; 188 PS. The 900 Carlsson was also equipped with the "Type 8" primary gear set.


1.5. Saab 900 "Classic" 1993 and 1994 Commemorative Editions

314 Commemorative Edition 900 Turbo 3-door Hatchback Coupes were made for the U.S. market in 1993. All the cars were painted solid black with a tan leather interior and had 5-speed manual transmissions. The horsepower was increased to 185 bhp 138 kW by outfitting the cars with the "red box" APC controller, a 2.8-bar fuel pressure regulator base turbo was 2.5 bar, and a distributor with enhanced vacuum advance. The cars rode on the SPG suspension. The interior was further embellished by a walnut dash facia and a leather gear knob and gaiter. The wheels were 15" directionals painted medium-gray metallic units with a polished lip. Each Commemorative Edition was shipped with a small brass plaque indicating its number in the series. The plaques were serialized to indicate its number out of 325. However, only 314 were actually built. In addition, 15 identically equipped cars were shipped to Canada, and were equipped with metric kilometer speedometer instruments.

500 Commemorative Edition 900T convertibles were delivered to the U.S. market in 1994. They were the last 500 classic 900 convertibles to be built. They had the same performance modifications as the 1993 Commemorative Edition vehicles with the exception of the lower SPG suspension. They all had the 5-speed manual transmission, and came with the same uniquely styled wheels, walnut dash facia, and leather gear knob and gaiter. The tan leather interior was further enhanced with black piping, which was exclusive to this model. The cars were all painted Nova Black Metallic another feature exclusive to the 1994 Commemorative Edition and had tan canvas tops. 500 identically equipped cars were shipped to Canada but have metric instruments. The 1994 CE vehicles did not have a plaque designating or celebrating the series. The VIN numbers do however run sequentially which, along with the Ruby, were the only Saab special edition series to do so.


1.6. Saab 900 "Classic" 900 Ruby

Only available in the UK, the Ruby had the 185 bhp 138 kW; 188 PS Carlsson engine but no body kit. All were in Ruby Red and can be distinguished from other 900s by the colour-coded bumpers and grey rather than silver alloy wheels. They also had the unique air-conditioned interior of buffalo leather with Zegna pure wool inserts in the seats and door panels. There were 150 examples and were the last classic style 900s sold in the UK.


1.7. Saab 900 "Classic" Swedish Special Edition

15 rarer LHD "Ruby" versions were also produced. 8 were made available to the Swedish market, known as the "Swedish Special Edition" and the rest were scattered in Europe. They were identical to the UK spec but had a more refined lower dash or knee guard and electric front seats.


1.8. Saab 900 "Classic" Conversions

  • A demountable camper module, the Toppola, was created for the 3/5-door hatchback.
  • There were also a few Limousine conversions. A typical modification is a 20 cm wheelbase stretch.
  • Coachbuilder Nilsson built a wagon variant, the Safari.
  • Lynx Engineering produced two "convertible" models, just prior to the official 1986 launch.

1.9. Saab 900 "Classic" Dealer models

Some Saab dealers made special models. Saab Wimbledon made the Sprint and the Sport. The Sprint had a special body kit, lower, stiffer springs, and Pirelli Cinturato P7 on 7"x16" wheels. It also came with an intercooler, full colour-coding and 3-spoke leather steering wheel. The Sport had alloy wheels, full colour-coding and spoilers, uprated suspension, 3-spoke leather steering wheel, Clarion stereo and an electric aerial. Heuschmid GmbH offered options such as tuning, intercooler, suspensions tweaking and custom alloy wheels. EIA Motors of France made a series of 100 naturally aspirated 16 valve tuned to 158 bhp 118 kW; 160 PS. Lynx Motors in the UK made a short run conversion of the two-door 900 shell to a convertible. The Winchester edition was a 4-door slate blue sedan and blue velour interior and wood trims.

Saab A.I.M of the Netherlands made two special models. The Red Arrow: a red 900 Turbo 8V two-door MY 1987 and 1988 - slant nose with a grey AirFlow body kit and a whale tail spoiler. 150 were made, 100 with whale tail and SuperInca wheels and 50 without whaletail and with 15-spoke Turbo85 wheels instead shortage of expensive parts. Tan cloth interior with Carlsson steering wheel, bit manual mirrors, window and lacking air-conditioning. And the Silver Arrow MY 1985 and 1986, flat nose: Metallic silver 900 Turbo 8V sedan known as tudor or notchback with special red/anthracite side striping, wooden four-spoke steering wheel and gear knob, labrador grey cloth interior, with only manual windows and mirrors. The engine featured an intercooler and produced 155 bhp 116 kW no catalytic converter for Silver yet, so Red made a bit less as it had it fitted already. 200 Silver Arrows were made many sources only claim 150. Both Arrows have a special plate on the dashboard with a unique number 1-150 and 1-200 and also nice logo on the sides of the hood - above the fenders and on the back. It is however believed that none of Arrows actually reached planned numbers for the limited production run - highest Red known is 138, Silver is 186. There are also few convertible versions styled as the Red Arrow red car with grey AirFlow body kit, with no special version designated to it. Red Arrow is sometimes referred as "poor mans Carlsson" because while using the same body kit, it was not colour-coded, only equipped with tan velour interior instead of leather and used the outdated 8-valve turbo engine - this was later described as an attempt of the dealer to make last 8-valve versions appealing and somewhat special to make some profit. This was similar to the Swedish 900 T8 Special model year 1989.


2. Saab 900 NG 1994-1998

The second or new generation Saab 900 also referred to as the GM900 or NG900 among enthusiasts was built on GMs GM2900 platform as a replacement for the "classic" first-generation Saab 900. This all-new 900 was produced in the 1994 through 1998 model years. In mid 1998 it received over 1100 individual improvements although some were actually introduced on the 1998 model 900, and was renamed the Saab 9-3 in most markets; in the US the new model was introduced in 1999. As the 9-3, the NG900 was produced through 2002.


2.1. Saab 900 NG 1994-1998 Variants

Variants included 900i 4-cylinder, non-turbo, S 4-cylinder, non-turbo in the USA; sometimes turbo in other markets and SE 4-cylinder turbo or V6 models in three-door, five-door and convertible body styles. For 1997 and 1998 only, there was also a Saab 900 Talladega, after a record-breaking endurance test in 1996, on the Talladega Superspeedway.

Trim levels in "S" and "SE" models varied greatly in the models although in general SE models included Automatic Climate ControlACC, leather interiors, wood trimmed dashboards, and 16" wheels.

Depending on market, the NG900 was available with a choice of 2.0 L or 2.3 L Saab 16-valve DOHC engines Saab engine codes B204 and B234 in naturally aspirated or turbocharged form 2.0 L only, as well as a 2.5 L version of GMs European 54° V6 engine. Engine management for the turbos was by Saab Trionic 5 with Direct Ignition SDI and Automatic Performance Control, and for non-turbos by Bosch Motronic fuel injection. A distributor-operated ignition system was provided for naturally aspirated engines in some markets.

In contrast to the classic Saab 900 with its longitudinally mounted engine and front-hinged hood bonnet, the NG900 had a more-common transversely mounted engine with rear-hinged hood bonnet.

The convertible variant was introduced in 1995 the 1994 being a continuation of the C900 line. Convertibles were produced at the Valmet plant in Finland. Convertibles were available in both "S" and "SE" trim levels.


2.2. Saab 900 NG 1994-1998 Sensonic

The Sensonic clutch variant available on Turbo models only provided a manual gear lever as in a standard manual transmission car, but omitted the clutch pedal in favor of electronics which could control the clutch faster than an average driver, automating the manual transmission.

When a driver started to move the gear shift knob/gear selector lever, a computer-controlled actuator operated the clutch. With the car in gear but stationary, the clutch was released only when throttle was applied. If neither brake nor gas pedal was depressed, a warning tone sounded and a message flashed on the on-board display, and if no action was taken after 7 seconds, the engine was shut off.

A "Hill Start" function for Sensonic-equipped cars as described in the owners manual was intended to assist in getting underway on hills, by engaging the cars clutch to prevent rolling backward. However, this feature was not actually implemented on the car.

Sensonic was discontinued after a short time, as it proved unpopular.


2.3. Saab 900 NG 1994-1998 Saab Information Display

The NG900 introduced the Saab Information Display, or SID available on S or SE models only, which gave the driver real-time information while driving, such as fuel efficiency and outside temperature. Base specification cars had a digital clock in place of the SID and a non-digital instrument panel with a mechanical odometer as opposed to the digital odometer on higher spec models. The SID also controls other vehicle components, including but not limited to audible warnings for turn signals and the vehicles horn.


2.4. Saab 900 NG 1994-1998 NG engines

  • 2.0 L B204I normally aspirated 16-valve four cylinder, 130 PS 96 kW; 128 hp
  • 2.0 L B206I normally aspirated 16-valve four cylinder with no balance shafts, 133 PS 98 kW; 131 hp
  • 2.3 L B234I normally aspirated 16-valve four cylinder, 150 PS 110 kW; 148 hp
  • 2.5 L B258I 24-valve 54º V6, 170 PS 125 kW; 168 hp
  • 2.0 L B204L 16-valve turbo intercooled, 185 PS 136 kW; 182 hp

2.5. Saab 900 NG 1994-1998 Night Panel

One Saab innovation, inspired by the companys roots in aeronautics, was the Black Panel feature available in classic models through the turn of the panel dimming knob, and subsequently available on S or SE models only, through the touch of a button on the SID Saab Information Display digital panel. This feature was later renamed Night Panel in Saab 9-3 and Saab 9-5 models. In the later Night Panel version, the speedometer is only illuminated up to the 87 mph/140 km/h mark. The remainder of the scale will only be illuminated if the speed of the car exceeds 84 mph/135 km/h.


2.6. Saab 900 NG 1994-1998 900i

Under the leadership of General Motors, Saab was re-branded as a luxury maker. This meant that the NG900 would be positioned, and priced, above the Opel Vectra, with which it shared its chassis platform. It would also make the bottom-of-the-range 900i more expensive than the Vectra. This led to cost-reduction measures for the 900i. The 900i would lose its rear-window wiper, the exclusive Saab Information Display, and would utilize a different instrument layout with a mechanical odometer instead of a digital one, first versions were even lacking tachometer. The NG900i would also lose its rear spoiler. Some 900i were later equipped with a standard instrument cluster and the basic SID.

The 900i was only available in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan as a three-door or a five-door with a choice of a 2.0 or 2.3 L engine. It did not sell very well in the UK and Australia, where the S and SE models were popular with Saab drivers. It was, however, popular as a cheaper alternative to the S and SE models.


2.7. Saab 900 NG 1994-1998 Special models and limited editions

Below are few special limited versions of NG900 derived from 900 SE 2.0 Turbo with 185 hp 138 kW that are specific to some countries, as some local dealer produced them, or specific to the tuner that made them when ordered by dealers or Saab itself. None of them is recognizable by the VIN, all are decoded as a standard 900 SE.


2.8. Saab 900 NG 1994-1998 R900

1996 - Germany. R900 was the first special model of NG900, produced as a civil version of Group A race car for SAAB Germany by a tuner Uli Weinmann in Upper Franconia as an upgraded 900 SE Coupe. It was limited to 200 pieces, with some special features.

In the interior, front seats only were replaced by foldable fully leather Recaro sport seats well known as optional equipment from Ford Cosworth and Turbo models, dashboard fascia was covered by carbon fiber and sporty metal pedals were added. Exterior was painted pearl black metallic with R900 decals on the rear hatch, but also front fenders above turn signal lights. Color-coded mirror covers and front/rear spoilers by Zender were added, that later found their way to other limited editions and the Talladega version as a standard. Suspension was lowered by 30 mm for exceptional handling, and 3-inch diameter stainless steel exhaust was added to provide some sporty sound. 6-spoke 17" ATS Type 10 wheels in matte silver used for NG900 first time approved 245/35 tires, or optional 225/45 16" version approved as well, described on a sticker on the drivers side B column.

Performance was left unchanged at 185 hp 138 kW, as manual, automatic and also Sensonic transmissions were used. Later some of R900 cars were upgraded by Hirsch Performance Swiss Saab tuner to Stage 1, producing 222 hp 166 kW and 310 N⋅m with a manual or 275 N⋅m with an automatic transmission. Acceleration from 0–100 km/h 62 mph was reduced by this from auto/manual 8 to 7.4 seconds for automatics and from 9.5 to 9 seconds for manual equipped cars. While no hardware was actually replaced on the car, this ECU modification cost around 2000 CHF at the time. It is believed that R900 influenced the SVO project and later the Viggen model development. Many of those cars no longer exist, however there is a discussion board that tries to keep track of some 30 cars that remained registered in Germany, but there are known examples in Czech Republic, Baltic countries, and even Iceland.


2.9. Saab 900 NG 1994-1998 SUN Beach

1996/1997 - Switzerland. SUN Beach by RINSPEED was produced for Swiss importer Scancars, limited to only 70 pieces. 900 SE Convertible was used as a base and again, changes were mostly cosmetic, since the performance was the same at 185 hp 138 kW. Price was set to 70 000 CHF at the time.

The most changes were done in the interior. All headrests were in turquoise color with SUN Beach logo embroidered. Turquoise carbon fiber trim could be found on dashboard fascia, above the glove box, on air vents, over the SID, radio, ashtray but also on the windows controls, even on door handles. The shifter lever gaiter and knob were also finished in Turquoise. Armrest was added to the equipment.

Exterior was painted in Neptune Turquoise Metallic color with color coded front Zender spoiler and rearview mirrors, it was pearl effect paint shimmering between purple and green or blue. The car was lowered by 30 mm using Eibach springs and yellow Koni shock absorbers. To take further advantage of upgraded suspension, and also add to the look and style, chrome versions of wider 5-spoke 16" Moda M1 by BBS wheels were used with 225/45 tires. Since wide tires are not optimal in winter conditions, each original buyer also received a set of original 16" alloy wheels, which were fitted with 205/50 winter tires. Many of these cars are known to be equipped with Sensonic transmission.

Apart from headrests, SUN Beach logo was also on a sticker below the outer right rear light and just above the strip on the rear quarter body panel by the door gap. It was on the wheels hubcaps too. These models are now registered in Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Czech Republic and even Norway.


2.10. Saab 900 NG 1994-1998 Aero

1996/1997 - Italy. Strangely enough, there is no official Aero version of NG900 compared to 9000, 93 or 95. This special version was created by SIDAUTO dealership, then belonging to Odoardo Pagani in his honor - by his grey suit, SAAB named the color referred as Odardo / Edwardian grey. The actual production number of such versions is unknown, it is believed to be originally set on 200, while it is also known that not all body kits were used. No upgrades were done to the performance as well, apart from sport suspension everything stayed the same as 900 SE / 900 Talladega. All are equipped with manual transmission, as the automatic was lacking the true sportiness.

Car was only made as a Coupe, in silver metallic or solid black, while silver is believed to be far more common. Both color versions however used that Odoardo grey bodykit, which is a tribute to the Classic 900 SPG / Aero with similar AirFlow body kit. Therefore, also front and rear bumpers are grey. Front bumper and rear hatch had Zender spoilers, both were color-coded together with mirrors. Metallic silver wheels were used of rather standard SAAB 3-spoke design, known from 9000 Aero version, made by RONAL as SuperAero 16" running also standard 205/50 tires. In the interior, standard black leather seats were used, some of them perforated. Same leather was used on door card inserts. Other than the carbon fiber trim on the dashboard, the interior was also standard.

The body kit consisted of side skirt, which was one piece together with front and rear fender panels and a separate door panel. There was a SAAB name logo inserted in front fender panel, below the turn signal light. This version actually carried Aero badge same part as on the 9000 Aero, placed after the 900 model designation on the rear hatch. Some of the body kits produced were never mounted on the Aero version most probably because the planned production number was not built and were used by individuals on Talladega Coupe, R900 or even Viggen and 93 Convertible models. Last such body kits were sold as late as 2004. Not many of NG900 Aero models are still registered, for example handful of silver and black are known to still be in Italy, two black are in Poland, two black also in Sweden, few silver ones in Czech Republic, one black is also in Belgium, Slovakia, and Latvia.


2.11. Saab 900 NG 1994-1998 Mellow Yellow

1997 - SAAB Europe version. Presumably 350 yellow SAAB NG900 Convertible models were made, of which 32 were exported as US models. Of the rest, 210 were converted to the limited edition by Rinspeed. Many sources claim there were only 150, which is known to be untrue due to special reason. An unusual accessory was supplied - wristwatch MARK XII of the Swiss brand IWC. Of course, the automatic watch was similar in appearance to the convertible. The case and dial were titanium colored, the leather strap lights up in a rich yellow. The watch model was slightly different than standard MARK XII, for example instead of the words "MARK XII AUTOMATIC" the watch bore the words "SAAB AUTOMATIC". It was made in limited number of 210 pieces. The price of the watch is now similar or even higher than the car itself. At the time of release, the car with wristwatch as a gift accessory, cost around 74 000 DM.

The car itself is mostly a standard NG900, painted in Monte Carlo yellow solid color as a tribute to much liked Classic 900 Convertible of same color. In addition to that it had some details in dark grey, or rather metallic titanium, like stripes on the bumpers or seat belt reel dome cover. Same color was used on the 3-spoke 17" Antera 145 wheels, with 215/40 tires, utilizing the sport suspension. There was also sporty chrome round exhaust tip in the back. The performance was again the same as the standard 900 SE Turbo, with 185 hp 138 kW. Apart from above mentioned special versions, there was no spoiler used on the front or the back here. Half of the cars were supposedly equipped with manual transmissions, while the other half were automatics. Sensonic was no longer used.

Mellow Yellow by Rinspeed logo was on hubcaps of the wheels, under outer rear left light, on the seat belt reel dome but also in the center of the gauge cluster, where all illumination was yellow instead of the original green. The only other change in the interior is metallic titanium trim over the SID, radio and climate controls, as well as over the windows controller. Many of those cars are still registered across the Europe, some are known to be heavily tuned. Out of all mentioned, it is probably the best known NG900 special version amongst the Saab community.


3. Awards and achievements


  • Best in Class, cars US$25.000-US$35.000 900 S Turbo - Kiplingers Personal Finance, USA


  • IBCAM British Steel Auto Design Award Saab 900 2.0i Coupe - The Institute of British Carriage and Automobile Manufacturers, Great Britain
  • New world-records for endurance, at Talladega, USA
  • Best Buy - Consumers Digest, USA
  • Among Top Ten Sports Cars - Consumers Review, USA


  • Technology Award 1995 for Saab Sensonic - Autocar, Great Britain
  • Best Buy - Consumers Digest, USA
  • Top Car in its Price Class Saab 900 SEV6 - American Automobile Association AAA
  • Among Top Ten Sports Cars - Consumers Review, USA

1993 and 1994

  • Family Car of the Year 900S - Motoring 94, Canada
  • Best Buy - Consumers Digest, USA
  • Top Choice in annual Car of the Year reader poll - Autoweek Magazine, USA
  • 1993 Best Buy - Consumers Digest, USA
  • Excellent Swedish Design 1994 - The Swedish Society of Crafts and Design, Sweden
  • Car of the Year 1993 - Moottori magazine, Finland
  • Best New Car - Kiplingers Personal Finance magazine, USA
  • One of the Ten Most Improved Cars And Trucks of 1994 - Syndicated automotive experts Mike Anson and Steven Parker, USA
  • Annual Special Prize To Saab Safeseat - Motoring Journalists Club, Denmark
  • Best of Whats New - Popular Science, USA
  • 1994 Design of the Year - Automobile magazine, USA
  • Executive Car of the Year 1994 - Portuguese Car Trophy
  • Import Car of the Year 1993/94 in Japan - RJC Automotive Researchers and Journalists Conference of Japan, Japan
  • 2nd Most Popular Car - STATUS magazine, Germany
  • 1994 Technology of the Year for Saab Trionic - Automobile magazine, USA
  • Scandinavian Design Prize 1994 - The Scandinavian Design Council The Nordic Design Centres

4. Sale of intellectual rights to BAIC

In January 2010 General Motors confirmed it was selling the intellectual property rights of the New Generation 900 along with the pre-2010 Saab 9-5 and pre-2002 Saab 9-3 to the Beijing Automotive Group BAIC for US$197 million. The package included three vehicle platforms, two transmission systems, and two engine systems.