Technology pioneer - driving report Saab 9000 CC Turbo 16 (1)

One of the vehicles that has been crucial for Saab is the Saab 9000 CC. With it, the small Swedish brand ventured into the automotive luxury class - and was successful right from the start. The decisive factor was the famous Södertälje turbo engine, which, with 175 hp and a favorable power-to-weight ratio, ensured driving performance similar to a sports car.

Two years after the premiere, in 1986, Saab took the risk again. Supercharged engines were legendary for their deep turbo holes, which is why it was assumed that turbo and automatic could never be combined. Saab was one of the first manufacturers to prove the opposite. The Swedes delivered the Saab 9000 CC Turbo 16 with a high-performance turbo engine and one newly developed for Saab ZF 4-speed automatic transmission off.

Only almost 40 years later, the question arises, how does this pioneering technology drive? Can the once innovative technology still convince today, and above all, is it fun? Is there perhaps a turbo fascination? We get into a rather special Saab 9000 CC Turbo 16 automatic.

The Saab 9000 CC Turbo in front of the historic Güldner headquarters
The Saab 9000 CC Turbo in front of the historic Güldner headquarters

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