Introduced in 1980, the Saab 900 was a good car, looked OK, but really was nothing exceptional, and certainly not one to draw in the crowds. All that changed with the introduction of the 1984 Saab 900 Turbo 16S, which managed to take what was great about the 900, such as its roominess, safety factors and excellent dashboard design (a Saab feature) and combine it with a new, revamped engine, beautifuly executed skirts, called the Aero package, and a subtle duck tail. The result is a car that looks incredibly futuristic without compromising real-world use, and goes as fast as it looks!
The Saab 900 Turbo 16S didn’t get a completely new engine, but rather a new 16-valve head, and was fitted with a new Garrett turbocharger and matched with an intercooler for added power. The result was a powerful (175 horsepower) engine that also pumped out plenty of torque, essential for pick-up and general fun driving!
While the 9000 was originally seen as a replacement for the 900, the 1984 Saab 900 Turbo 16S proved that the model did not need replacement, and indeed stayed in production, selling consistently, until 1993.