Turbo domestication in the upper class - Saab 9000 CC Turbo

Saab did not invent the turbo engine, but Saab democratized it and made it suitable for everyday use. With the 99 Turbo and the 900, turbo driving became compatible with everyday life. Although there was still that legendary turbo lag - at first nothing happened and then a lot - but that got smaller and smaller over the years. Until it completely disappeared.

Saab 99 and 900 were the Swedish contributions to the middle class, where the turbo engine was quickly accepted. The situation in the luxury class was somewhat more demanding. There were also attempts to establish the turbo, from Audi for example. However, the Audi 200 models, based on the Audi 100 (C2 and C3), had problems with acceptance. Their turbo lag was deeper than Lake Constance. Warmed up and then switched off, the engines made unpleasant noises reminiscent of a sewer. The upper class was different back then.

We forgive the Audis that there were additional starting problems with hot engines. That's part of the story, I don't want to be petty. It is now understandable that the turbo was viewed with justified suspicion in this environment. However, Saab showed courage and ventured into the upper class with the 9000 CC Turbo.

Saab 9000 CC Turbo
Two Saab 9000 CC Turbo

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