Saab Launches the Viggen



2/8/99

New high performance 9-3 is ultimate choice for Saab enthusiasts

NORCROSS, Ga. - While its Saab Aircraft namesake, the Saab 37 Viggen jet fighter, defines agility and versatility in the air, the new 2.3L high-output turbocharged Saab Viggen is poised to thrill Saab enthusiasts who demand those qualities with four wheels firmly planted on the ground. Set to debut at the New York Auto Show, the Saab 9-3 Viggen is a new high performance variant of the Saab 9-3, characterized by a specially tuned sport chassis, a high output Saab 2.3L turbocharged engine, superior aerodynamics and exclusive exterior and interior styling.

The Viggen name, which is Swedish for "thunderbolt," was adopted to denote this exclusive 9-3 performance variant. The blue and yellow, delta shaped Saab 9-3 Viggen badge, reminiscent of the 37 Viggen's delta wing, is positioned on the front fenders, above the side indicators. The Viggen logo is also integrated in the door sill scuff plates and on the cam cover. In addition, it is embossed in the backrest of the leather sport seats.

In addition to the potent turbocharged engine, performance-tuned chassis and 17" x 7.5" wheels, the 9-3 Viggen delivers superior aerodynamic character. Saab designers ensured the 9-3 Viggen's low, aggressive stance by integrating a rear wing spoiler, sill covers, and front and rear spoilers integrated with the bumpers. The 9-3 Viggen's lift forces are reduced by more than 50% and the drag coefficient by 8 percent to 0.31.

In honor of its aircraft heritage, the Saab 9-3 Viggen's cockpit features specially designed seats for superior driver support and positioning during sporty driving. Sections of the exclusive leather upholstery as well as the leather door trim are color matched to the Viggen's exterior color, and additional interior enhancements further underscore the car's performance characteristics.

The Saab 9-3 Viggen will be available as a Coupe, 5-door and Convertible. Designed and developed jointly by Saab Automobile AB and the Oxfordshire, England-based TWR Group, the 9-3 Viggen will be manufactured at the Valmet Automotive plant in Finland, where Saab Convertibles have been assembled since 1986.

In the U.S. market, where the largest production volume of Saab 9-3 Viggens will be allocated, the 9-3 Viggen Coupe goes on sale in very limited quantities in May. Increased volume, as well as the debut of the Saab 9-3 Viggen 5-door and Convertible variants, will follow in the autumn of 1999. Annually, only 3,000 Saab Viggens will be made available worldwide.


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