Leadership In Turbo Cars Continues With Convertible SPG



ORANGE, Conn. -- After unleashing the power of the turbocharger on the general motoring public a decade ago, Saab's leadership in turbocharged cars continues with its 900 Turbo line, including the line's two speciality cars, the 900 Convertible and the 900 SPG.

Always a leader in automotive engineering innovation, Saab's 90( Turbo Convertible created a sensation when a prototype was unveiled in 1983. That excitement continues today whenever a 900 Turbo Convertible appears -- quite often a surprise to many who still don't know that Saab produces a convertible.

The 900 Turbo with Special Performance Group, or more simply, the SPG, is the ultimate Saab Turbo, combining additional performance with a unique aero look, further enhancing the Saab 900's aerodynamic styling.

The convertible is built from the wheels up as a convertible on its own production line at the Saab plant in Tiusikaupunki, Finland. Fourteen special reinforcements to give additional stiffness to the body include extra supports in the windshield

pillars and surrounds; sturdy steel members in the door sills;transverse steel beams under and behind the rear seat; double pillars at the rear of the doors; and extra protection beams inside the doors.

The convertible top is electro-hydraulically operated. It is covered in a quality oambria cloth fitted with a complete headliner,and can be raised or lowered with the touch of a switch, but, as a safety precaution, only when the handbrake is set.

The rear window is made of glass and is electrically heated for demisting. A leather interior is standard on all Saab 900 Turbo Convertibles.

The 900 Turbo SIG is a Saab for those seeking even more performance from a 900 Turbo.

The SPG's special light-alloy wheels, aerodynamic lower body fairings and fog lights tell you that this is a slightly different Saab Turbo. The SPG package includes a standard leather interior.

Under the hood, the four-cylinder, DOHC, 16-valve turbo engine features a recalibrated engine management system, which ups the standard 160 bhp to 165 bhp and provides an additional 7 ft/lbs. of torque.

The SPC's recalibrated and lowered suspension and high-speed rated radial tires provide better handling characteristics for spirited performance.


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