About the Saab Viggen
Photos of my Viggen:
The 2000 Saab
9-3 Viggen was, up until 2006, the fastest Saab ever made (excluding
race-cars and fighter jets). It is still the fastest 4-cylinder car they've made. I own a 2000 model.
I created this
page because everyone wants to know what I drive, but no
one knows what a Viggen is. First of all, it's pronounced "VIHG-gun"
(that's "ih" as in "in", not a long "ee" as in "vegan").
These are rare.
The Saab 9-3 Viggen was developed jointly by Saab
Automobile AB's Special
Vehicles Operations team and the Oxfordshire, England-based TWR Group.
Viggens were only made from 1999-2002 and were only available with a
standard transmission, and limited colors (just blue in 1999, with
silver and black added in 2000, other colors like red later).
Basically, they started off with a standard 9-3, but put in a better
engine from the 9-5, a larger turbo-charger, better computer, improved
stiffer and lower suspension (springs, dampers, anti-roll bars and
steering rack mounts), better 17" wheels, sportier and more aerodynamic
trim (reducing aerodynamic drag by 8% to a
0.31 coefficient and reducing lift forces over the rear wheels by
60%), larger and grooved rotors, different spoiler, upgraded clutch
diameter and stronger driveshafts and strengthened CV joints, improved
seats, amongst other
leather interior is also quite nice.
Less than 3000
Viggens total were made in 2000, with only about 800
total imported into the USA. My black 2000 4-door (well, they really
call it "5-door") non-convertible is one of only 176 imported into the
USA. I've heard of a couple 2-door blue 1999 Viggens in Vermont, but
I've never seen one.
Saab has a
tradition of creating limited-edition sport models,
beginning with the Sonett.
Another example was the 900 Turbo SPG
(which I currently also
will be selling) and the 9000 Aero
(not fond of 9000s myself, although my parents now own a red one. The
9000 evolved into the 9-5). The Viggen name (which means "thunderbolt" in Swedish) comes
one of Saabs flagship fighter jets, the
Saab 37 Viggen
(many people don't realize that Saab was first and
still is an aircraft
derived from the delta-wing design of this fighter. More info on the
Viggen fighter jet can be found in the Wikipedia.
Viggens in 1999 were already impressive at 225 horsepower (@
5,500 RPM) and 252 lb-ft of torque available at just 2,500 RPM all the
way to 4,500 RPM. The engine is 2.3-litre turbo-charged 4-cylinder with
4 valves per cylinder. Maximum torque is available for 30%
of the usable power band. In 2000 (mine) this was bumped up to 230 HP
and 258 lb-ft of torque. In 1999 it was already able to beat the
Porsche 911 Carrera in both efficiency of producing HP and torque per
liter of engine displacement. In 2000 those improvements over the
Porsche were 15% (HP) and 52% (lb-ft).
large oil and water-cooled turbocharger produces maximum
pressure of 1.4 bar, or a full 20 psi.
gear-ratios were also rather aggressive:
interesting specs are the transverse-mounted engine, 9.3:1
compression ratio, Saab's custom "Trionic-7" fuel-injection system,
direct-ignition, 17 gallon fuel tank, 3,140 lbs curb-weight, anti-lock
breaks, driver and passenger airbags, headlamp and rear-window wipers,
and front-wheel drive. All these sport features didn't come at a price
of fuel-economy, however, with the Viggen achieving up to 29 MPG on the
Back in 2000
when you bought a new Viggen you also got a certificate
for the "Viggen
two-day intensive driver training session held by a
team of racing professionals at the world-class Road
Atlanta complex, located near Saab Cars USA's headquarters in Norcross,
reading, you can look over the original
Saab 5-page brochure for the 2000 Saab
9-3 Viggen or read an excellent
Canadian Driver magazine. Also check out the Viggen Story from Abbott Racing.