This is an interesting Saab story of 2001. In fact, 1998 has started production of special “Viggen” model – A high-powered version of the Saab 9-3 was the “Viggen”, as it wrote the Swedish Aftonbladet.
On the success of the 9-3 Viggen model, the SAAB Cars company was preparing at the time a special version of Saab 9-5 models – Saab 9-5 Viggen.
2001 company was testing a super-tuned version of the 9-5. The car had to be called Saab 9-5 Viggen and to be the most powerful Saab until then (and Saab’s fastest car ever). Saab chassis engineers tested the four-cylinder 2.3-liter turbo engine tuned to 350 horsepower, but the engine was brutal, and to bring down the immense power on the ground was impossible without all-wheel drive.
Saab has also tried with 300 hp, but ideal setup is found on 285 horses nad 415Nm. Also, The chassis is stiffened with new springs and new shock absorbers, according to information from the Swedish Öhlins.
In the exterior, most notable change was in the front bumper, which is with “oval air intake” (Viggen) provided the additional engine cooling. it was envisaged that the Five-spoke 19-inch wheels are standard, to make room for larger brakes.
The expected price was about SEK 350 000 or $40,000 for US market. Saab 9-5 Viggen is slated to appear on the market next year, specifically in the fall of 2002…