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Mad alright. Not see any all wheel drive 9000, think there is a 9-3 Saab rallycross one. See a few 99 with T16 engines. Been in an amazingly fast 99T with water injection, charge cooler and fifth injector and excessive boost (that was quick). I know of a few Abbotised 9000 with about 260 -280 bhp but 400+ no, not come across anything like that. When you get yours sorted like that can I have a drive please?!
Oh yes I'v also been in a V4 with sport exhausts fitted - not the fastest thing in the world but without doubt the loudest thing I've ever heard on the public roads. The owner - well its the guy that has done all the hard work to provide this web-site.
 

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Hi there.
Could be fun with 400 horses under the bonnet :)
Seriously though, with all that power through the front wheels, you'd be top of the local tyre fitters Christmas card list!!!
I guess thats' why you mention 4wd. Big bhp is easily achievable with Nox injection. Also its' advocates say its' quite safe for the engine as it actually cools the burn. However its' still seen as a poor engineering choice and tends to be considered a last resort...
 

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Quite .. thats why the Aero's and 2.3 Carlssons had traction control and only 1/2 the horsepower I mentioned. Beyond 280BHP of the Abbott's etc it seemed the only way of moving up a stage would be to distribute the torque between the front and the rear.

Really, my train of thought was that there are so many Fords and other (cough) bland marques that get radical overhauls, so why no Saabs. I guess most people love them too much to want to subject them to such extreme re-engineering.

Anyone got a Subaru Legacy drive train going spare .. joke ;-)
 

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Since you mentioned the Subaru.
I seem to remember a rumour that the aquisition of 50% of them, by GM a couple of years ago now, meant that other GM companies would benefit from their technology. Saab was specifically mentioned...
This, along with the new generation of variable compression engines forthcoming (with higher than ever bhp figures- for Saab anyway). Maybe....well don't hold your breath!
 

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Wot ? No more Torque steer ? that's part of the attraction !

Still, with 400bhp on tap, I guess you'll need some way to get it down onto the road.

It's interesting to compare the go-faster Saab's torque figures with seemingly more powerful cars.

While any number of cars can muster more than an Aero's 230bhp, looking at Torque figures often shows where Saab have put their effort.

Real day to day driving also shows that this effort allows a much more practical application of speed rather than high BHP, but poor drivability.

Give me insane torque figures at real world RPM anyday over high BHP.

"CAR" magazine likened the new 9-5 Aero to taking an enthusiastic labrador for a walk at the end of a lead.

Look at some of the foreign specialists associated with this site - Nordic Power, for one, seem to do some high power kits in the same way as Abbott and others do in this country.

Cheers

Philip
 
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