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The Saab Aero marque represents the high-performance division of cars produced by Saab Automobile. The Aero marque is in reference to Saab's history as an aircraft manufacturer. The first Aero model was the 1984 Saab 900 Aero, and every Saab model has been offered in an Aero trim level since then. The final Aero model was the 2014 Saab 9-3, which was manufactured by the holding company NEVS. This was also the last time a Saab-branded vehicle has been manufactured by the holding company.
The Saab 900 Aero was introduced for the 1984 model year, or as it was known in the U.S. "Special Performance Group" (SPG). The Aero/SPG incorporated (depending on the market and model year) a body skirt; a sport-suspension (1987+) that included shorter, stiffer springs, stiffer shocks, and sway bars; leather seats; premium stereo; and air conditioning. Each of these features could, of course, be ordered independently from Saab's Accessories Catalog for fitment to standard models. Power output varied by model year and market, but 900S and 900 Turbo models produced after 1985 were fitted with a 16-valve engine, while the basic 900 kept the earlier 8-valve engine.
Some modern Aero-model Saab cars featured only a slight increase in performance, such as the Saab 9-3, while other models featured a dramatic increase in performance, such as the Saab 9-7X. The base 4.2i 9-7X produced 285 horsepower, while the Aero model produced 390 horsepower.
- https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a27813994/saab-9-3-nevs-auction/ Car And Driver NEVS Saab Auction 2014 07 Jun 2019
- https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a15151380/2008-saab-9-7x-aero-car-news/ Car And Driver Saab 9-7X Aero 01 Aug, 2007
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