The recipe is very simple, but it is effective. Take a large engine from the next larger series, plus a large intercooler. The transplanted into a compact body, spice it up with a sporty chassis. For the optics one designs a respectable spoiler kit and builds sporty seats. The Saab 9-3 Viggen is done.
Something like that must have been thought of in the late 90 years at Saab. The result was a sports car that fascinates and that is extraordinary. A displacement-strong engine, which is not a high-powered sportsman in principle, to a turbocharger. Power from the speed cellar, sports without stress. Sovereignty. The Swedish chefs had mixed a great recipe.
Actually, the 9-3 Viggen should become the first model in a series. A Viggen for each series as a synonym for sportiness and exclusivity from Trollhättan. Similar to AMG at Mercedes or the M series at BMW. An enchanting idea that did not materialize. Check out the many unperceived odds accumulated at Saab over the years.
1999 was delivered to the 9-3 Viggen as Cabriolet, Coupe and Sedan. As the first Saab he had the Trionic version 7.1. The B9R engine from the 5-235 series is powered by 230 PS. By current standards, that's not impressive, but in reality more than enough. If that did not seem sufficient, it could easily upgrade to 250 or more PS. Thus, the small Saab series had landed in the 250 Km / h plus X League.
As a distinctive landmark and sign of the brand's aeronautical roots, each Saab 9-3 Viggen wears the silhouette of the delta wing above the side turn signals.
Saab 9-3 Viggen Monte Carlo Yellow
The name comes from the Saab 37 Viggen (thunderclap). An aircraft of the Royal Swedish Air Force, which was available as an attack weapon as well as an interceptor and reconnaissance aircraft. The first Viggen was put into service in 1971, the last Viggen squadron was only disbanded in 2005. There is even some Trollhättan in every Saab 37 Viggen. The Pratt & Whitney engines were fitted with afterburners in the immediate vicinity of the Saab factory at Volvo Flygmotor.
329 Saab 37 Viggen were made by Saab AB until 1990, then took over as the successor to the JAS 39 Gripen Swedish national defense. In the automobiles, the name was continued, after 4.600 copies came 2002 the end of the Viggen era at Saab. More than half of the vehicles went to North America, in the home remained only a few copies. Sporty high-flyers with Saab logo came from then on only from the Swiss house tuner and wore no more aircraft names.
The Viggen lives on as a miniature. DNA Collectibles announces the special series of a Saab 9-3 Viggen Cabriolet in Monte Carlo Yellow after the blue Viggen Cabriolet. The edition in 1:18 scale is limited as usual, the model cars are individually numbered. The pre-order phase is now open. The miniature will be delivered from early 2020.
The manufacturer from Switzerland seems to have liked the brand Saab. The special series of the Viggen and the Turbo X is not over yet. Collectors of miniatures may be happy: A Saab 9-4x is also in preparation.