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General Information

Year
2001
Make
SAAB
Model
9-3
Color
Black
Packages
Viggen
History
Saab Viggen[edit]
Saab 9-3 ViggenA high-powered version of the Saab 9-3 was the "Viggen" (English: Thunderbolt). It was named after the Saab 37 Viggen aircraft. Production ended in 2002.

It came with a turbocharged 2.3 L engine, (B235R) giving 225 bhp (168 kW; 228 PS) later 230 bhp (172 kW; 233 PS) on 1.4 bar (20 psi) of boost from its Mitsubishi TD04-HL15-5 turbocharger. Acceleration from 0–100 km/h could be reached in 6.4 seconds and the top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (160 mph).[citation needed] To provide and handle the high power and performance, the following elements were changed/modified:

Higher capacity intercooler
Higher performance tuned ECU
Larger flow-through exhaust system
Heavy duty clutch and pressure plate
Stiffened and lowered springs
Firmer dampers
Stronger CV joints and driveshafts
To enable the front wheels to cope with the amount of torque available, the maximum torque was electronically limited.

1st gear was limited to 250 N·m (180 lb·ft)
2nd gear was limited to 330 N·m (240 lb·ft)
3rd gear and on had the full 350 N·m (260 lb·ft).
In 1999, the Viggen was the first 9-3 to use Saab's Trionic 7 engine management system, which processes 2 million calculations every second analysing combustion temperature, boost control, variable torque curves and many other critical engine processes. In addition, the 2001 model year introduced a Traction Control System (TCS) to the Viggen.

In addition to extra power and torque, it also featured a special rear wing (increasing the downforce by 50%) requiring relocation of the radio antenna, aerodynamically designed bumpers and side skirts reducing the drag coefficient by 8%, specially bolstered and colored leather seats (available in four colors: black with black inserts (charcoal), black with blue inserts (deep blue), black with orange inserts (flame ochre), and tan with tan inserts), sportier suspension, bigger wheels, upgraded brakes, and other upgraded parts.

The Viggen was only available with a five-speed manual transmission, CD player, power moonroof, and (what were initially) Viggen-specific motorised and heated leather seats with the Viggen delta logo embossed in the backrest; these were later also available in the Aero model (U.S. market 'SE' model) without the embossed Viggen logo. Some colors featured carbon-fibre interior trim from its introduction to the middle of the 2001 model year, when Saab substituted a less expensive printed gray pattern for the dash and standard trim for everything else.

New Viggen buyers in the USA were treated to two days of advanced driving instruction at Road Atlanta and dined with Saab USA executives from nearby Norcross, Georgia. This programme, operated by Saab and Panoz, was called Viggen Flight Academy and later transformed into the current SAAB Aero Academy.

Some motoring journalists were critical of untamed torque steer in low gears.[4] Although the torque steer can be nearly eliminated through the use of a steering rack brace,[citation needed] also called a "Viggen Rescue Kit" available through a few aftermarket vendors.
2001 SAAB 9-3 (Black)

Modifications

Drivetrain
Genuine Saab:
Induction filter Kit
Oil Cap 4cyl "Viggen"
Interior
Genuine Saab:
Shifter Top Viggen Logo
Speaker Grilles - Vig Style (Pair)
Exterior
Genuine saab: Saab 9-5 Sport Ventilated 300mm Rear Brake Kit
Genuine saab: BSR Cat back for Viggen 2.5in
Audio
Sony: DVD/CD in Dash 7" touch screen
Boston acoustics replacement speakers (all)

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