Despite its success, Saab was a manufacturer that moved slowly but surely, and in the late 70s, found itself in need of a new model. It rekindled its cooperation with Lancia, with which it had collaborated in the past, and few short years later, the 1984 Saab 9000 Turbo was introduced. While it did not have that complete Saab look, it was a fine-looking car. It shared quite a bit with the Lancia Thema, including the floor, doors and roof, but what was really exceptional about it was the interior, which is considered by many to be the finest dashboard ever designed. It’s a testament to its greatness that in the 14 years the 9000 Turbo was in production, the dashboard never needed a re-design!
The Saab 9000 Turbo was powered by a small, 2-liter turbocharged in-line four-cylinder engine that developed 175 horsepower. The Saab 9000’s top speed was an impressive 138 miles per hour, with a 0-60 time of about 8 seconds.
For many years considered to be one of the safest cars on the road, the 1984 Saab 9000 Turbo was a technological pioneer in many ways, and was widely praised not only for its performance, but also for its handling and roominess.