Thursday, 30 October 2014

Saab 99 Turbo

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

There are very few cars in the world that are cooler than the Saab 99 Turbo, and anyone who says otherwise is talking scribble. The unbeatable combination of solid Swedish construction, swoopy aerodynamics, an eager little Garrett turbo, and a mesmerising set of wheels that could have been designed by M.C. Escher, brought forth an absolute gem of a car. It had 143bhp, could do 124mph, and delivered its power in that characteristic way of all early mass-produced turbocharged motors: with a fair bit of lag, then a massive kick in the kidneys. Even today, in a world of ubiquitous and reliable everyday turbos, the 99's name is whispered reverentially in the same breath as the BMW 2002 Turbo and its fabled brethren. This is an important car.
...and, as an aside, this particular one appeared on Top Gear a couple of years ago - look:

Spotted at RRG14 - click here for more photos.

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