Somewhere behind Hennessey setting a new top speed record at this year's Texas Mile with its camouflage Ford GT, a stock-looking 1996 Saab 900T pulled up to the line to see what it could do. The dealer showroom wheels wouldn't offer any indication that the 2.0-liter four-cylinder under the hood was getting help from a Garrett turbocharger, a tuned ECU and E85 gas to put out 465 horsepower at the front wheels.

Knowing that, it shouldn't be too much of a surprise that at the other end of the mile the sky blue Swedish wonder was doing 174 miles per hour. The four-cylinder class at the Texas Mile has plenty such rockets, too, this Swede coming just behind a Dodge Neon that did 175.8 mph. You can watch the Saab do its thing in the video below.


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      Mazdaspeed6
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good for you saab
      Me
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Saab 4 cyl. turbo...one of the easiest engines to tune for serious street fun. Too bad the transmissions were so terrible.
        quuppa70
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Me
        too bad the suspension isnt that good on Saabs,, spoils the street fun same as Volvo T4, horrible
        chromal
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Me
        Dunno about the auto transmission, but the manual gearbox seems solid in my '96 900 SE turbo.
      intellerv
      • 1 Year Ago
      Saab if they were still alive could have simply aired this clip and added "born from jets" at the end with all the wind noise like this thing was about to take off.
        Jarda
        • 1 Year Ago
        @intellerv
        ...which would have slowed their sales decrease by 2-3 units
      blasds78
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is THE Saab model I miss most. Off the cuff, I can't recall is this was a product of the GM era, or one of the last Saabs that started before GM was involved. I think it's the former. Either way, I feel like it had enough Saab character to seem like a genuine Saab. I remember one specific 900 of this era that I'd see on the streets, and I just thought it looked great.
      Justin Shaw
      • 1 Year Ago
      I miss Saab. I love the sound of the turbo.
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      brian peters
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hey Gearhead flicks how about editing out the wind noise. Amateurs!
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      Northern Milers
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good result. In Finland there's a similar Saab (same body renamed as 9-3) that does 193.25 mph in the standing mile (and in the standing 1700 meters [1.057 mile] 194.5 mph. For some odd reason the organizer had decided that year to set the trap to 1700 meters.) Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qW-z__-OcOw Additionally in Finland there's a MY 2002 Volvo V40 which does 195.8 mph in the standing mile. Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6tKuyUCOMs
      Danny Martinez
      • 1 Year Ago
      The neon was actually a 1st gen coupe with a SRT4 swap running a stock transmission with taller tires and a Mopar Stage 3 turbo (mitsubishi TD05-LR18G). Its not a trick or custom setup so the fact he got to 175mph is impressive if the transmission didnt have such an odd 5th gear ratio it would have gone a but faster. I applaud the saab, i used to see modded ones here in Florida but they have dwindled.
      Felspawn
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love me a stealthy wolf in sheeps clothing. +1
      Russ Wollman
      • 1 Year Ago
      Saab is magical and mysterious and wonderful. Never have liked any car as much as I like my 9-3 conv.
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