Available in turbocharged and naturally-aspirated versions, the 1988 entry continues Saab's tradition of automotive engineering innovations by offering the most advanced anti-lock braking system available in the United States today. It is specifically designed for front-wheel drive cars.
The braking system, developed by Saab and Alfred Teves (ATE) GWLbH, is standard on the Saab 9000 Turbo and Saab 9000S.
Also called ABS+3 the Saab system represents a new generation of anti-lock braking systems. It offers three big advantages over conventional brake system it's anti-lock function is fully integrated into the brake system (it does not represent an 'addon"); it has two independent electronic control units within the microprocessor, doubling dependability; and three hydraulic brake circuits.Offering a more refined system, Saab's ABS eliminates most of the pedal 'shudder" marking other systems when heavy brake pedal pressure triggers the ABS. Saab's system softens this shudder to a more gentle pulse, telling the driver that the system is working.
Saab's ABS has two independent electronic control systems to monitor performance. Redundant circuitry within the microprocessor monitors signals from the various parts of the brake system. The separator circuits also compare the signals with the programmed values and with each other's signals. This is one of the few systems on the market today using three hydraulic circuits. One circuit serves the rear wheels, and each of the other two circuits operates one of the front-wheel brakes. If one circuit fails, full braking effort is still available on both front wheels, or both rear wheels and one of the front wheels.
'Since the Saab ABS is fully integrated into the Saab 9000's chassis, the system offers optimal braking and excellent stability -under the most severe braking conditions, further enhancing the active safety of the Saab 9000 by preventing wheel lockup, said Robert J. Sinclair, Saab-Scania of America president.
"Another important aspect of Saab ABS,' said Sinclair, "is that our system causes less wheel suspension wear than other antilock braking devices currently in use because it minimizes stresses due to resonance and brake-induced vibrations.
The system also allows the car to be steered since none of the wheels will lock and, on most surfaces, electronically-controlled
anti-lock brakes also reduce braking distance compared to conventional brakes.
Other new equipment standard on the 9000 Turbo and 90005 for 1988 are rear side window demisters operated by a switch on the center console.
Standard on the 9000S for 1988 is the 9000 Turbo's Electronic Display Unit (EDU) II. The EDU II provides the driver with detailed information on the car's average fuel consumption, current fuel consumption, distance to empty, ambient temperature and battery voltage.
The 9000S also receives the new Horizon upholstery design in deluxe velour, replacing the contour velour design previously used. The Horizon pattern, with horizontal cushioned bars along the backrest and seat portions, provides more supportive seating. Optional leather upholstery is also available.
A new Saab-Clarion AX/FM stereo, electronic tuner and 80watt cassette player and equalizer are standard on the 9000 Turbo for 1988. The tuner features new, simplified controls. A new accessory is a Saab-Clarion compact disc player.
The Saab 9000 returns for 1988 with powerplant and transmissions
choices offering performance and economy along with the luxury and spaciousness of the only import sedan in America classified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a large car based on its interior dimensions.
The 9000's spacious interior is kept at a comfortable temperature by Automatic Climate Control, a microprocessor-based system that adjusts fan speed, air distribution, heating and air conditioning, to maintain a preset temperature.
Both 9000's are powered by the same two-liter, four cylinder, DONC 16-valve engine. The turbocharged version of the engine delivers 160 bhp and the naturally-aspirated, fuel-injected version delivers 125 bhp.
Either car can be equipped with a five-speed manual or fourspeed automatic transmission.
The 90005 comes equipped with a standard deluxe velour interior and power steel sunroof with both tilt and slide functions. The 9000 Turbo comes equipped with standard leather upholstery, fog lights and a power tinted-glass sunroof with tilt and slide functions and a sunshade.