The Saab Requiem: Saab Suite

Paul Niedermeyer
by Paul Niedermeyer

We’ve had our Saab wake, so its time to move on to the Requiem. And what could be more fitting than Saab’s own “Saab Suite”. This 1987 video launched the Saab Performance Team demonstrations, but the original, like most things in life, remains the best.

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  • UnclePete UnclePete on Dec 20, 2009

    I like a good precision driving demonstration. The four cars weaving in and out bumper to bumper is a good approximation of driving on the Interstates in New England; it's unfortunately never done with that level of precision.

  • John Fritz John Fritz on Dec 20, 2009

    Well, I made it to 2:28. Not sure what I like the least, classical music, Saabs or the douche-bag pretending to be a conductor. D. All of the above.

    • B10er B10er on Dec 20, 2009

      Well...we all can't be a boorish as you.

  • Baaron Baaron on Dec 20, 2009

    What was the point of the speedbump in act 3? The poor video quality ruined the slow motion footage.

    • Ingvar Ingvar on Dec 20, 2009

      I guess the vid shows that the car travels unharmed and steady as a rock, while the wheel jumps up and down doing so.

  • Lahru Lahru on Dec 20, 2009

    Looking back, I owned as 1985 Saab 900S hatchback and it was almost the ideal car. Good handling and the turbo added the power that was nice when I needed it and the MPG was? I'm not sure? Was MPG invented back then? Anyways, I am thinking now, had Saab continued to build the 900 over the years with maybe a new grill and tail lights but keeping the architecture of the car the same over the past years would I still buy one today? Yes? Maybe a change in engines and an upgrade in transmissions but basically the same car and all the time lowering the cost would have attracted many more thann myself. Kinda, Checker Cab with style. Just thinkin'.

    • Midelectric Midelectric on Dec 21, 2009

      What I remember most about he 900 series was that the door spanned the whole height of the vehicle, there wasn't a conventional rocker panel. I read that it was to ensure that the occupants' pant legs wouldn't be fouled with slush and other grime. I thought it very impressive that they'd go through the trouble to look after the occupants that way and it really set it apart from other cars. Unfortunately, that feature didn't do much for structural rigidity as the 900 always felt a little flexible but it certainly was a car with a distinctive engineering outlook that made it unique. When the new 900 came out without that feature it made it too much like other cars and Saab was forced to play in the same ring with cars that it couldn't win against.