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1999 Saab 9-3

Lightning Blue Limited Edition Viggen Coupe
Asking Price
1999 Saab 9-3 Lightning Blue Limited Edition Viggen
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About This Saab
1999 Saab 9-3
Lightning Blue Limited Edition Viggen Coupe
VIN #: YS3DP35G2X7060490
Stock #: 60490
Used Clear Title
5 Spd Manual
Front Wheel Drive
Exterior Color:
Lightening Blue
Interior Color:
Interior Surface:
Limited Warranty
City MPG:
Hwy MPG:
Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition. 

Vehicle Overview

One owner, clean carfax, west coast, dealer maintained, Limited Edition Lightning Blue Viggen!
This may be one of the last low mileage Viggen's available. Look at the outstanding condition of this low mileage, very rare and collectible, 1999 Lightning Blue Viggen for $16660 that was previously sold by Gary Small Saab-Portland, Oregon. The previous owner was so fussy with this sporty car he installed 3M clear film on the headlamps and fog lights to protect them. The U.S. was the largest market with only 420 Lightning Blue copies sold, other parts of the world only got a few dozen 1999 models.
Serious Saab fans know that the Swedish brand builds more than just cars. They also build some of the most sophisticated aircraft in the world. So when it came time to name their new, hopped-up version of the 9-3 coupe, they chose the name of one of their most famous fighter jets, the Viggen. In English, the word Viggen means thunderbolt. And to drivers used to the standard Saab 9-3, this new Viggen hits like a bolt out of the blue!
And that said, we're sure it's no coincidence that the Saab 9-3 Viggen Coupe came clothed in an eye-popping color dubbed, appropriately enough, Lightning Blue.

But the Viggen's real charge is found under its electric skin, in the form of a highly modified 4 cylinder powerplant. Using the current EcoPower 2.3 liter engine found in the 9-5 as their base, Viggen engineers added an industrial strength Mitsubishi turbocharger capable of boosting pressure to 20 psi. Freer breathing intake runners and a new exhaust system also aid the air-hungry turbo.
The results are nothing less than stunning-225 horsepower and a neck-snapping 252 pound-feet of torque! That's just 6 pound-feet less than Porsche's six cylinder powered 911. Now that much torque in a front driver can be a real handful. So to keep things from getting too scary, Viggen torque meisters have electronically limited torque output in first gear to 184 pound-feet and 243 pound-feet in second. 
Punch the gas pedal and hold on while the Viggen delivers you to 60 in 7 seconds flat on a hot, slippery track. Power delivery smooths out once past second gear, and you'll go through the quarter mile in 15.2 seconds at 96 mph. And what about turbo lag, you ask? Well, thanks to a new drive-by-wire throttle, a 9-3 first, and Saab's Trionic 7 engine management system, you'd be hard pressed to find any. That's because when you call for power, the computer tricks the throttle into opening farther than requested. This helps overcome the inertia of the larger turbo and allows the engine to reach the desired torque level quicker. Pretty neat!
But there's more than just raw power and shocking hues separating the Viggen from other Saab 9-3s. There's also aggressive and aerodynamic styling to match. The deep front spoiler not only looks good, but serves to force much of the airflow over the body rather than letting it under the car where it creates lift. The pronounced rocker panels channel what airflow there is under the body to the rear, where it's integrated with the airflow coming off the rear wing. As a package, these aerodynamic accouterments reduce the Viggen's co-efficient of drag by 8% to 0.31, and drop lift forces at the rear wheels by 60%.

To fully maximize the advantages of the Viggen's road-hugging form, Saab's Special Vehicle Operations team joined forces with Tom Walkinshaw Racing in tweaking the MacPherson strut front and torsion beam rear suspension. The coil springs at the corners have been lowered by 10 millimeters. Front springs were then stiffened 5%, while rears were stiffened over 25%. Damper valving and the anti-roll bars were also recalibrated. The result of this careful tweaking is very well balanced Viggen handling. Turn ins are quick and precise, with a little push coming at the end of the corner. The steering has a nicely weighted feel, and the tight suspension keeps body roll during lateral transitions to a minimum, but does it without the harshness often associated with sport-tuned suspensions.

One of the standout features of the Saab 37 Viggen fighter jet is its ability to land and stop in short distances. And those same qualities are found in the earthbound Viggen as well. The new 17-inch light alloy wheels, wrapped in specially developed Z-rated tires, allowed Viggen engineers to install larger rotors and brake calipers behind them in the front. There you'll find 12.1 inch vented rotors, with 11.2 inchers in the rear. All rotors have grooves machined into them to improve bite and cooling. And it all works. Stopping from 60 was accomplished in 115 feet with nary a trace of fade after many runs. Stability is first rate, while pedal feel is solid. And feedback from the ABS system is just enough to let you know it's working.
Also working for you is the Viggen's comfortable and, yes, aircraft-flavored interior. The sharp looking, TWR-designed leather seats with their deep blue inserts are very supportive, and offer 8-way power adjustments with a manually operated lumbar support and heated surfaces as well. The driver faces a telescoping steering wheel, and a set of clear analog gauges that could be giving air rather than road speed.
To the right, the center stack houses a digital message center, an AM/FM/CD stereo, and single zone climate controls with an auto setting. All are within easy reach of the driver. Even the cupholder. But it's also unwisely mounted right over the stereo.
In the rear there's good-for-a-coupe room for two adults, and the seats also deliver excellent thigh support. The seat bottoms and backs also flip and fold in case the 9-3 Coupe's trademark 21.7 cubic feet of cavernous trunk space isn't quite enough.

Pricing in 1999 for the 9-3 Viggen Coupe started at $38,325. Tack on $180 for the CD player and $370 for the heated front seats, and our fully loaded classic rings up at $38,875 new at that time.  That's if you can find one. Viggen availability has been very limited new and almost impossible to find one today. 
To experience a Viggen is the exhilarating performance that is about as close to the thrill of flying as you will ever find in a road car. There's an old saw that says lightning doesn't strike the same place twice. But in the case of our Lightning Blue Saab Viggen it does.
Vital Statistics
Engine: 2.3 Liter Turbocharged 4-Cylinder
Horsepower: 225
Torque: 252 Lb Feet
0-60 MPH: 7 Seconds
1/4 Mile: 15.2 Seconds @ 96 MPH
60-0 MPH: 115

Contact Information

Swedish Motors Marietta PA

Swedish Motors

7 North Decatur Street
Marietta, PA 17547

Rich Kushner
717-426-2202 x101
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Options & Features

Ext / Int Color
Lightening Blue with Black/Blue Leather Interior
Luxury Features
Air Conditioning
Climate Control System
Cruise Control
Heated Mirrors
Leather Steering Wheel
Steering Wheel Radio Controls
Telescoping Steering Wheel
Power Equipment
Power Driver's Seat
Power Locks
Power Mirrors
Power Passenger Seat
Power Steering
Power Windows
Safety Features
Driver's Air Bag
Fog Lights
Intermittent Wipers
Keyless Entry
Passenger Air Bag
Rear Defogger
Security System
Side Air Bags
Cup Holders
Sport Seats
Vanity Mirrors
Body Side Moldings
Rear Fog Lamps
Rear Spoiler
Rear Wipers
Audio / Video

Features & Specifications *

  • 2.3L DOHC EFI high-output turbocharged 16 valve 4 cyl engine
  • 5-speed manual transmission w/OD
  • 130 amp alternator
  • 60 amp/hr battery
  • Front wheel drive
  • Welded body-unit construction
  • Independent front suspension w/MacPherson struts, split lower wishbones, direct acting gas shock absorbers, coil springs, stabilizer bar
  • H-formed rear suspension w/semi-rigid torsion-beam rear axle, coil springs, gas shock absorbers, inner/outer stabilizer bars
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • 215/45ZR17 SBR Dunlop "SP Sport 2000" tires
  • 17" x 7.5" 5-spoke light alloy wheels
  • Pwr-assisted rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr-assisted 4-wheel disc brakes w/ventilated front discs
  • Anti-lock brake system
  • Electronic brake distribution
  • 16.9 gallon fuel tank
  • Built-in tool kit
  • Vehicle Name : Saab 9-3
  • Body Style : 3 Door Hatchback Viggen
  • Drivetrain : Front Wheel Drive
  • EPA Classification : Mid-Size
  • Base Curb Weight (lbs) : 2900
  • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) : N/A
  • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) : N/A
  • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) : N/A
  • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) : N/A
  • Engine Type : Gas I4
  • Displacement : 2.3L/140
  • Fuel System : HO Turbo Charged EFI
  • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM : 225 @ 5500
  • SAE Net Torque @ RPM : 252 @ 2500
  • Trans Type : 5
  • Trans Description Cont. : Manual w/OD
  • First Gear Ratio (:1) : 3.38
  • Second Gear Ratio (:1) : 1.76
  • Third Gear Ratio (:1) : 1.18
  • Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) : 0.89
  • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) : 0.66
  • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) : 4.05
  • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) : 130
  • Suspension Type - Front : MacPherson Strut
  • Suspension Type - Rear : Torsion Beam
  • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) : w/Stabilizer Bar
  • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) : w/Stabilizer Bar
  • Steering Type : Pwr Rack & Pinion
  • Steering Ratio (:1), Overall : 16.6
  • Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) : 3.4
  • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) : 34.4
  • Brake Type : Pwr-Assisted
  • Brake ABS System : Four-Wheel
  • Disc - Front (Yes or ) : Yes
  • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) : Yes
EPA Fuel Economy & Specification
* These are the standard features and specifications for this vehicle. Actual features may vary.
  Please see the details for this vehicle above.

Vehicle Condition

Service History
87,000 Miles
Passed Thorough Dealer Inspection
Dealer Maintained
Have Original Manuals
No Known Mechanical Problems
Covered by a Limited Warranty. Contact seller for details.
Condition Report
Excellent Interior
Excellent Carpets
Excellent Seats
Excellent Dashboard
Excellent Panels / Headliner
Excellent Exterior
Excellent Original Paint
Excellent Trim Condition
Excellent Glass Condition
No Visible Rust
No Known Accidents
No Known Bodywork
Fully Detailed
Tires & Wheels
Excellent Condition
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