• May 16th 2011 at 1:30PM
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  • Saab 9-3 Sport Combi Viper V10 front 3/4

  • Saab 9-3 Sport Combi Viper V10 engine bay

  • Saab 9-3 Sport Combi Viper V10 rear

  • Saab 9-3 Sport Combi Viper V10 engine mock up

  • Saab 9-3 Sport Combi Viper V10 custom trans tunnel

  • Saab 9-3 Sport Combi Viper V10 custom suspension cradle

Saab 9-3 Sport Combi Viper V10 - Click above for image gallery

Of the multiple sacred laws of hot rodding, "Thou shall put big engines in small cars" is by far our favorite. This line of thinking spans cultures and has led to the creation of many a magnificent machine. Machines like this Saab 9-3 Sport Combi with a kicking V10 sourced from the mighty Dodge Viper under its hood. This thing puts a whole new spin on the term "sport wagon." As you might imagine, shoving a longitudinally mounted lump of American engineering into the engine bay of a small Swedish long roof required significant re-engineering of the 9-3 body structure, including fabricating an entirely new transmission tunnel.

With that big lump situated behind the front axle and a set of stoppers lifted from the big snake as well, we have to imagine that this beast is an absolute terror on the track. Who do we have to bribe for a little seat time? Check out the full build over in Zatzy forums thanks to contributor mrspringer.


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      Hazdaz
      • 4 Years Ago
      That looks pretty sick. Maybe I suggest a CTS-V Wagon versus Viper-powered SAAB 9-3 comparison??
      BipDBo
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wagon. Rear wheel drive. Manual transmission. 8.3 liter V-10. If only I could have been an absurdly wealhy soccer mom!
      ajjones44
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is a prime example why I want a wagon for some hoonage.
      Mel @ aWingThing.COm
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sexual chocolate! I love those cars to begin with. This is just pure awesome.
      toyslacker
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love wagons... but that has to be the hottest cabin with that massive engine that far behind the factory firewall.
      Moritz Aemisegger
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is PURE AWESOMENESS!
      Brummie
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've had a few SAAB Turbo's over the years and all were hot but this is just on another planet, it fantastic! SAAB should make one for themselves as a flagship.
      foci
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love this beast.
      Rotation
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think you have a failure to understand the concept of "behind the front axle". If that engine is behind the front axle, then nearly every car made recently also has the engine "behind the front axle".
        LEDfoot
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        No I'm pretty sure the center of mass of that engine is behind the front axle, most of it is frikken INSIDE the passenger compartment!
          Rotation
          • 4 Years Ago
          @LEDfoot
          Center of mass behind isn't the same as behind. Most cars of the center of mass of the engine behind the front axle, this one included. If that's your measure, this car isn't at all unusual.
      QAZZY
      • 4 Years Ago
      How wonderful it must be to be wealthy. If I were wealthy, this would go in the 'Sleeper Wagon' garage next to the LS9 A4 Avant and the AMG 6.0L V12 3-series wagon. Next Euro/American body/engine mashup: LSA VW Golf.
      hans moleman
      • 4 Years Ago
      what is the point? strap a big engine onto anything and get the same effect.. why not strap a viper V10 onto a soap box derby car...?
        StegRacing@youtube
        • 4 Years Ago
        @hans moleman
        It is never the same effect Mr. Moleman. Have you ever driven a small/medium car with an oversized engine before? Ridiculously ridiculous and one of the most fun things u can do on the road.
          hans moleman
          • 4 Years Ago
          @StegRacing@youtube
          i understand the weight/power ratio benefits.. that being said.. what is the big deal? the net effect is expected, I'll get greater weight/power ratio by putting the viper engine into soapbox derby car.
        itsgotvtakyo
        • 4 Years Ago
        @hans moleman
        What are you doing here if you have to ask a question like that? What's the point? The point is that it's awesome.
        sanmusa
        • 4 Years Ago
        @hans moleman
        What's the point of waking up in the morning if you're just going back to sleep later? What's the point of taking a shower if you're just going to get dirty again? What's the point of going to work if the net effect (your salary) is expected? Going by your logic we should just not do stuff because the net effect is expected. Give me a break. The guy did that because now he has one awesome grocery getter that is unique and kicks ass. And beause he could.
      Jac Zobel de Ayala
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's one ugly wagon.
        toyslacker
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Jac Zobel de Ayala
        "Mr. Zobel de Ayala, what you've just written (said) is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this forum (room) is now dumber for having read (listened to) it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul."
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