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
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.
The Saab 37 Viggen is a Swedish single-seat, single-engine, short-medium range combat aircraft. The Viggen holds the distinction of being the first canard design to be produced in quantity.
The “classic” Saab 900 produced from 1978 to 1993 was based on the Saab 99 chassis, though with a longer front end to meet U.S. frontal crash regulations.