Saab 900 Line Sees Subtle Changes

ORANGE, Conn. -- In line with Saab's philosophy of making a good thing even better, Saab's popular 900 series for 1988 reflects subtle but important improvements in durability, safety and comfort.

The continued refinement of the Saab 900 line is signified by the water-cooled turbocharger on all Saab 900 Turbo models and a new brake system for all 900's. Styling and comfort are improved with new upholstery.

"A water-cooled turbo was a priority for the Saab 900 for 1988 and we accomplished our objective," said Saab-Scania of America President Robert J. Sinclair.

The 900's water-cooled turbo joins that of the 9000, which we introduced last year, so you can see that many of the refinements available on the Saab 9000 series are finding their way to the 900 line. This is a part of our plans to keep the 900 abreast of technological developments.., a way of keeping a popular car popular.

"Another Saab 9000 feature now standard on all Saab 900's for model year 1988 is the Saab 9000 brake system.

"Although the system, as fitted to the Saab 900 is a non-ABS type, it's still a significant advance for the 900 since the first generation 9000 brakes offer some distinct advantages, said Sinclair.

According to Sinclair, the ventilated front brake discs provide faster heat dissipation during heavy braking and thus more fade resistance. The new system also moves the handbrake's action from the front brakes to the rear brakes, simplifying maintenance of the the system.

"Another small but important feature on all Saab 9005, Turbo, SPG and Turbo Convertibles is the addition of heating elements to clear the power-operated dual outside rearview mirrors," noted Sinclair.

Interior changes include the new Horizon upholstery design in deluxe velour for 900S and 900 Turbos. The Horizon pattern consists of a series of horizontal cushioned bars along the backrest and seat portions for more comfortable and supportive seating.

A new Saab-Clarion AM/FM stereo, electronic tuner and 80-watt cassette player with graphic equalizer/spectrum analyzer are standard on 900 Turbo models. The 900S features an identical system with the exception of the equalizer unit. The equipment features a new on/off knob and other easy to operate controls.

The lineup of the Saab 900 series includes all those models we offered in 1987 and which helped to make for one of our best sales years ever in this country," stated Sinclair.

"Once again, he said, "the Saab 900 serves as the entry level Saab, available in both its familiar three-door hatchback and fourdoor sedan models. It is powered by Saab's overhead cam, twoliter,eight-valve engine, developing 110 bhp, and available with five-speed manual or optional three-speed automatic transmissions."

The 900S, which proved to be 1987's most popular Saab modelis back for 1988, available in three and four-door versions and offering a five-speed manual or optional three-speed automatic transmission.

The 9005 features a naturally-aspirated version of the fourcylinder, 16-valve engine developing 125 bhp.

"And," Sinclair said, "Saab's 900 Turbo lineup returns for 1988

"Saab, which really made the turbocharged automobile practical for everyday driving, again presents its 900 Turbo, 900 Turbo with Special Performance Group and its delightful 900 Turbo Convertible," he said.

The 900 Turbo engine produces 160 bhp in the 900 Turbo and 900 Turbo Convertible, while the Turbo SPG's output is increased to 165 bhp through recalibration of its Automatic Performance Control system.

The limited production SPG also has a lowered ride height and recalibrated springs and shock absorbers for better handling and v-rated high speed radial tires. Lower-body fairings, special lighi alloy wheels, a leather interior and fog lights make it look very distinctive.

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