SAAB Tuning

The Mighty Saab 9-3 OG (450hp) from Zagreb

Saab 9-3 og

Jan Lendo, a Saab enthusiast from Zagreb (Croatia), sent us a detailed specification and description of the improvements on his favorite car – Saab 9-3OG (you can follow his IG account). In many ways, his Saab is truly remarkable.

He bought this car about 2 years ago at the “urging” of a friend who also has a tuned Saab. That’s when his love for improving car performance began, and his long work in the garage. Since then, he regularly hangs out with her former owner and several other friends, one of whom is the most famous Saab mechanic in Croatia (and beyond).

Saab 9-3og

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This team met on weekends in the garage and assembled a little tuned Saab that was boosted to over 450 horsepower thanks to many modifications. How powerful this older generation Saab is, you can see in the following two videos that Jan sent us – in both you can see a comparison of speeds with the mighty BMW M4 Cometition:

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Saab 9-3 OG 450hp

So readers can follow what Jan and his crew have changed on the car, you can find a detailed list of changes and specifications below:

Original B204L fully rebuilt
Stock head and stock bottom end

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Maptun water silicone hose kit
Stiffer engine mounts
2×SPAL lowprofile 12″ fans
Saab 9-3og

Genuine Garrett GTX 3071 .63 T3
Custom braided oil and water lines
Custom oil catch tank/breather system
Boost T3 turbo pampers

SAS Autocustoms tubular manifold with 60mm external wastegate flange
Turbo Bandit 60mm external wastegate
Custom 76mm exhaust with rear silencer
Boost Thermal wrap


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Turbo Bandit 50mm blowoff
DO88 450x300x76mm intercooler
63,5mm intercooler tubing
102mm intake



SAS Autocustoms 4 bar MAP sensor
Henko 265 fuel pump

Bosch DEKA 875cc injectors

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Saab FM55 507 4.05
Sachs Performance sintered disc
Sachs Performance pressure plate

Stock Flywheel

BBS RK1 17x8J wheels
Michelin PS4 225/45/17
Rear Axle Powerflex bushes
Front control arms with Powerflex bushes

Custom shock absorbers
Eibach pro springs
Aero big brakes in front
EBC discs
EBC Yellowstuff pads

Garrett 52mm boost gauge
Custom central dash with SAAB logo

Saab 9-3 old generation

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2.3 bar of boost
~450+ hp on RON100 fuel
~8.0sek 100-200kmh on GPS
Goran Aničić
the authorGoran Aničić
For over 10 years, Goran Aničić has been passionately focused on Saab automobiles and everything related to them. His initial encounter with Saab cars took place back in 2003 when the first Saab 9-3 and sedan version were introduced. At that moment, he was captivated by the car's Scandinavian design logic and top-notch engineering, and everything that followed stemmed from that first encounter. Later on, through his work at the editorial team of the Serbian automotive magazines "Autostart" and later "AutoBild," he had the opportunity to engage more closely with Saab vehicles. In 2008, he tested the latest Saab cars of that time, such as the Saab 9-3 TTiD Aero and Saab 9-3 Turbo X. In 2010, as the sole blogger from the region, he participated in the Saab 9-5ng presentation in Trollhättan, Sweden. Alongside journalists from around the world, he got a firsthand experience of the pinnacle of technological offerings from Saab at that time. Currently, Goran owns two Saabs: a 2008 Saab 9-3 Vector Sportcombi with a manual transmission, and a Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin Sport Sedan from the last generation, which rolled off the production line in Trollhättan in December 2011.

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