Date: Sat, 08 May 1999 04:07:22 GMT
From: "Pierrick Brenot" <>
Subject: Re: 9-3 Abbott Racing Mods

> In article <pqrY2.4590$>, "Nino" <> wrote: > > > A Saab dealer in Toronto is offering a 9-3 special addition. They have apparently sent new 9-3's to > Abbott Racing to have mods to computer to boost turbo pressure to get claimed 250 HP. Also have > lowered and stiffened suspension, nice 17" wheels and tires as well as front, rear and side air > dams. Looks great, I drove one and when the turbo kicks in it takes off like a rocket. Big > difference over stock 9-3. It adds about 5K Canadian Dollars to price which makes this car a great > performer for a great price. Dealer is providing their own warranty since I guess the engine mods > would void the Saab warranty. > > Any comments about these mods would be appreciated. I am concerned about premature engine and drive > train wear. Can the 2.0 Saab engine handle the increased power? > > Thanks > Of course running after 200HP+ powers can only decrease the global longevity of your engine. But I suppose if you use the power only you need it, and with "respectuous drive style" for the engine, it will give you hundreds of thousands of kilometers of pleasure. SAAB Motorists could easily extract 225HP from the 2.3T in the next 9-3 Viggen ( and a huge torque, I suppose it is possible to increase power from the stock 200HP unit (1999 9-3SE) with a few modifications in electronic controls. Some specialists are exceptionally gifted for these sorts of transformations. In a few weeks, I will probably boost my 1991 900T (160HP stock) to approx 190HP and 300 N.m of torque (equivalent to 225 lb.ft). What I am sure is that the cylinder head will accept the increase of power because it is VERY strong. The company I work for makes these heads... Pierrick Brenot Valleyfield, Quebec, Canada 1991 900T work for Montupet (the SAAB cylinder head maker)

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