Saab 900

The Saab 900 was released in 1978 for the 1979 model year, and was produced until 1993. It is worth noting that there were some convertible models that were sold as 1994 models. The 900 was based on the Saab 99 chassis, but had a longer front end to meet U.S. frontal crash regulations. The Saab 900 was a front-engined, front-wheel-drive with a longitudinally mounted, 45-degree slanted, inline 4-cylinder engine. Further, it had a double wishbone front suspension and beam-axle rear suspension. In its prime, the 900 was popular with drivers who enjoyed its comfort, safety, hatchback and highway presence. The 900 has a drag coefficient of 0.34. Further, the model was available in a few versions: a 2- and 4- door sedan, and a 3- and 5- door coupe. And also, in 1986, there was a convertible model produced as well. There were also single- and twin carburetor, fuel injection and turbocharged engines, including both full pressure and in European models during the early 90s, low pressure turbos. There was certainly no shortage of options here. Having been refined over several decades of two-digit Saab models, the 900's double wishbone design provided excellent handling and road feel. Like its precursor, the 99, the Saab 900 was configured with a number of unusual design features that distinguished it from many other cars. First of all, the engine was installed 'backwards', with power delivered from the crank at the front of the car. Secondly, the transmission was bolted directly to the bottom of the engine to form the oil pan. Similarly, Minis also had their transmission mounted directly below the engine; however, the Mini’s transmission and engine shared the same oil, whereas the Saab 900 contained separate compartments for engine oil. These mechanical modifications and additional features made the Saab 900 a handler.