In this ‘Retro Review’ video, host John Davis proclaims that the 5-door hatchback Saab 9000Turbo had long been one of MotorWeek’s favorite cars, which is quite the compliment.
It may not have the same charisma as a classic Saab 96 or 99, but the Saab 9000 is “still beautiful” according to MotorWeek, which describes the car’s design as a “lesson in art where sharp lines and smooth corners are perfectly balanced.” You can thank Giorgetto Giugiaro and Björn Envall for that.
We don’t disagree. Chris has always had an appreciation for 80s and 90s vehicles, while Frankie is a bit pickier, using the design of the fourth-generation Chevrolet Camaro as a counter-point to the “everything was better back then” sentiment.
If you know about the Saab 9000, then you’ll know that it was one of the vehicles to use the Type Four platform, which was co-developed with Fiat Automobiles. Fiat used the chassis for the Croma, Lancia Thema, and Alfa Romeo 164. The 164 only shared the chassis, while the Them and Croma were a bit more similar to the 9000. That said, Saab did make a few changes to the 9000, such as heavier side-impact protection and a drastically different front-end which was also re-engineered to improve safety.
The 9000 is a bit of a milestone for Saab in that it was the first “large car” that the company imported to the U.S. It’s true that the 9000 was shorter than the 900, but it had a longer wheelbase and much more cabin space. It was eventually replaced by the 9-5 in the late ’90s.
Now that our short history lesson is out of the way, go ahead and click play to see MotorWeek’s Retro Review of the 1992 Saab 9000Turbo by clicking play on the embedded video below.