A high-powered version of the Saab 9-3, the “Viggen” (English: Thunderbolt), was marketed from 1999 to 2002, named after the Saab 37 Viggen aircraft. Advertisements
The performance 9-5 Aero was first released in 2000 with a 2.3T B235R engine. The B235R engine of the 9-5 Aero was capable of providing immense torque and, in terms of acceleration, outperformed the contemporary Porsche 911 Turbo from 40-90 mph.
Introduced in 1978 the turbo body was originally a 3-door combi coupé version but later in 1979-80 the company produced a two-door model, which was a limited homologation exercise to enable the production of a rally car.