Six Amazing Stuff You Might Not Know about Saab 9000
- Did you know that the Saab 9000's body was co-designed by Italian automobile designer Giorgetto Giugaro, the 1999 Car Designer of the Century, who later became an Automotive Hall of Famer in 2002? Giugaro's creativity led him to design some of the world's luxurious cars, such as Alfa Romeo, Audi, Ferrari, and Porsche, among others. He was also the designer behind select Nikon camera bodies, Apple prototypes, and even a unique pasta shape called "Marille."
- The Pan-European programme EUREKA Prometheus Project, which stands for Programme for a European Traffic of Highest Efficiency and Unprecedented Safety, made Saab come up with a notable 9000 prototype that has a center-mounted joystick in place of the typical, accident-prone steering wheel. This modification was deemed to be safer to the driver's face and body than the traditional steering wheel in the event of an collision. This particular Saab 9000 was featured in an episode of Top Gear, a television series in BBC.
- If you were a fan of Jim Henson's The Muppet Show, then the seats of the Saab 9000 could be quite familiar to you. Saab's head designer Bjrn Envall got his inspiration for the 9000's seats from a certain episode of the famous television series entitled "Pigs in Space," which was a parody of science fiction programmes and serials.
- Four years before the Saab 9000 ended production, a limited edition "Aero" was introduced by Saab as its most powerful car ever. It had a 225-hp version of Saab's 2.3-L B234 engine, and can accelerate from 50 to 75 mph faster than a Porsche Carrera 4 or its Ferrari counterpart. Sadly, the reign of this powerful Saab was short-lived as its production also ended in 1997.
- The Saab 9000 is part of the Type Four chassis-a common front wheel drive platform-together with models such as Fiat Croma, Lancia Thema, and Alfa Romeo 164. These cars have similarities, which made them able to interchange their parts. However, the Alfa Romeo 164 was the exception, which only shared the same chassis as the others.
- Did you know that the Saab 9000 was the first large car that was ever imported to the United States according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency? This is despite it being shorter than the Saab 900.