Boosted Front Driver: 1991 Saab 900 Turbo

The Saab 900 classic was produced through the 1993 model year (we don’t need to talk about the GM2900 platform thing that had Saab badges but no soul) but its platform was just a slightly revamped version of the Saab 99 which started life way back in the mid 1960s.  Over the years Saab gradually refined the backward engine oddball into something that combined heritage, utility, and strange handling — think of it like a slow, cheap, and front-drive Porsche 911.  Find this 1991 Saab 900 Turbo offered for $4,900 in Cabot, VT via craigslist. Tip from Art C.

Pics of this 900 really remind me of my time inside a 99, but this 1991 900 Turbo was one of the final iterations of Saab’s Triumph based inline-4 canted over and mounted backwards on top of the front axle setup. 

The B202 is a 2.0 liter iron block, aluminum 16-valve head inline-4 that is equipped with a low pressure turbo that puts 160 horsepower and 188 ft-lbs of torque into a 5-speed gearbox located directly under the engine.  More power is at your fingertips if you’ve got hands made from redbox APC controllers.

On the inside is a long handle shifter that is surprisingly direct when you consider the tortured path it runs through to get into the transmission.  The floor mounted ignition switch and high seating position with wrap around windscreen are Saab specialties — if you don’t get it, don’t worry about it, someone else will.

Think this thing is bad? You must’ve never ridden in the Draken. tips@dailyturismo.com

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