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Saab 9 Cabriolet

Saab used its former 900 Convertible underpinnings when it made the 9-3 Convertible since GM owned them for barely a year before the car was unveiled.

The Swedish carmaker was a surprising star in the open-top vehicles market since it was not a warm country. Despite all odds, Saab managed to create a different convertible, and its customers were happy with that unique look and feel. GM tried to make the brand more profitable and understood that the open-top version was a good deal, so it gives them the green light.

At the front, the Saab-specific headlights with their swept design flanked the aero-inspired grille. Its front bumper sported a wider central grille on the lower side, flanked by fog lights. The raked windshield and the thick A-pillars were the only body elements that raised over the ascending beltline. Unlike other convertibles on the market, the 9-3 featured a high trunk, and the carmaker built the car, so in the event of a roll-over accident, the occupants’ heads wouldn’t touch the ground.

For the interior, Saab 9-3 featured the main company’s characteristics such as the starter key between the seats, a big center console, and the “Night Panel” function that shut down all the unnecessary information during the night and let only the speedometer lit. Since the carmaker had to push the rear seats slightly forward to make room for the retractable roof, the legroom for the rear passengers was very minimal.

Under the hood, Saab installed its own designed 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. The carmaker offered it with either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic.

Engine Technical Data


Engine type – Number of cylinders :Inline 4
Engine Code :
Fuel type :Petrol
Fuel System :MPI
Engine Alignment :Transverse
Engine size – Displacement – Engine capacity :1985 cm3 or 121.1 cu-in
Bore x Stroke :90.0 x 78.0 mm
3.54 x 3.07 inches
Number of valves :16 Valves
Aspiration :Turbo + Intercooler
Compression Ratio :9.2
Maximum power – Output – Horsepower :205 PS or 202 bhp or 151 kW @ 5500 rpm
Maximum torque :280 Nm or 206 lb.ft @ 2200 rpm
Drive wheels – Traction – Drivetrain :FWD
Transmission Gearbox – Number of speeds :
Wheelbase :260 cm or 102.36 inches  
Length :463 cm or 182.28 inches  
Width :171 cm or 67.32 inches  
Height :143 cm or 56.3 inches  
Front Brakes – Disc dimensions :Vented Discs (- mm)  
Rear Brakes – Dics dimensions :Discs (- mm)  
Front Tyres – Rims dimensions :205/50 R16  
Rear Tyres – Rims dimensions :205/50 R16  
Curb Weight :1365 kg OR 3009 lbs  
Weight-Power Output Ratio :6.7 kg/hp  
Trunk / Boot capacity :295-378 L  
Front Suspension :Independent. McPherson. coil springs. anti-roll bar
Fuel Consumption – Economy – Combined:9.6 L/100km
29 mpg UK / 25 mpg US
Fuel Consumption – Economy – Open road:7.1 L/100km
40 mpg UK / 33 mpg US
Fuel Consumption – Economy – City:14.0 L/100km
20 mpg UK / 17 mpg US
Range :666 Km or 414 miles
Fuel Tank Capacity :64 L
14.1 UK gallons
16.9 US gallons
CO2 emissions :236 g/Km (Saab)
Top Speed :235 km/h or 146 Mph
Acceleration 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) :7.3 s