“Viggen” is the high-performance variant of Saab’s 9-3, developed with guidance from Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR). TWR was best known for their involvement with Jaguar Racing, as well as for helping Jaguar build the legendary XJ220 supercar
“Viggen” translates to “Thunderbolt” – a reference to Saab’s 37 Viggen aircraft
All Viggens are 5spd manual (no auto)
While it rode on GM’s GM2900 platform, the Saab 9-3 was powered by genuine Saab engines. In particular, the Viggen used Saab’s “B235R” 2.3L fitted with Nimonic exhaust valves (a nickel-based, high-temp super-alloy found in high-pressure aircraft components, like jet engine exhaust nozzles). A Mitsubishi turbocharger provided 15 lbs of boost (and up to 20 psi (!) at high altitudes to ensure the same 258 lb ft from sea level to 9,750 ft)
The turbo begins spooling before 2,000 RPM, allowing peak torque (258 lb-ft) to occur at just 2,500 RPM and last all the way to 4,500 RPM. This means maximum torque is available for 30% of the useable power band, making these cars quite responsive around town!
To handle the high boost levels, the Viggen’s engine block was re-engineered with strengthened alloy pistons, piston coolers, reinforced connecting rods, nitrided wrist pins, and more
Running a large turbo on a small powerplant requires serious knock control – a subject that Saab happens to have extensive experience with over other automakers. The Viggen happened to be the first Saab to receive the company’s latest and greatest 32-bit ECM known as Trionic 7. Working via drive-by wire, the T7 can manipulate the throttle position by opening it further than requested, helping the system overcome the lag that big turbos are notorious for while providing more of the available torque when needed
Viggen models also receive high-capacity intercoolers, less restrictive exhaust, reinforced transmission casing with HD output shaft, HD clutch, tougher CV joints/driveshafts, and sport-tuned suspension. The Viggen also gets sport seats trimmed in two different leather textures
*SAE rated from factory. May not reflect current output.
*Performance numbers pulled from either the factory brochure or reputable automotive road tests.
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