1993 SAAB 900 Turbo Commemorative Edition
The 900 Commemorative Edition Turbo Coupe was offered in the US market in the spring of 1993. This model was only available as a three-door turbo with a manual transmission. It had a 185 Hp engine which made it the highest performing 900 ever. The extra horsepower was achieved through the modified "red box" APC, a 2.8bar fuel pressure regulator, and a special distributor with enhanced vacuum advance. It also offered an improved suspension. You could get it in any color you wanted; as long as that color was black with tan interior. At the time, it was considered the quintessential SAAB 900 Turbo. Only a limited number were produced (literature states 325 but it appears only about 314 were actually built). All included leather interior, a burled walnut instrument panel facia (the first SAAB 900 to get this treatment), a leather gear knob and boot, and special directional alloy wheels with polished outer lips and metallic gray centers.
Each 1993 Commemorative Edition came with a special 3.5"x 1.5" engraved brass plaque to be mounted on the floor console in front of the shifter. The plaques showed each car's specific number in the series (xx of 325). The plaques were not mounted on the cars when they were built and may not reflect the cars actual build number. The plaques came in the owner's packet for each car and were to be installed by the dealer or by the owner. They were mounted with double-face tape and often came off, or perhaps were never installed, so some CE's may not have their original plaque.
Special note: It has been confirmed that 15 Commemorative Edition Coupes were also produced for the Canadian market.
To find out if you have a Commemorative Edition, go to autocheck.com and enter your VIN. It will not cost you anything. If it is truly a Commemorative Edition, it will have that description in the model name. I have also compiled a master VIN list in PDF format. Series numbers are matched with build numbers as owners with plaques register their cars.
ORIGINAL RETAIL PRICE:
Four cylinder; 2.0-liter engine. Breakerless electronic ignition system. Electronic fuel injection. Turbocharger with water-cooled bearing housings and integrated waste gate. Intercooler: SAAB APC system for continuous boost pressure control. Double overhead camshafts. Four valves per cylinder Power rating: 185 bhp at 5500 rpm. Peak torque: 201 ft. lb. at 2800 rpm.
Front wheel drive. Five-speed manual gearbox.
Front: Double wishbones, with pivot-mounted, progressive action coil springs and gas shock absorbers. Stabilizer bar Rear: Lightweight, beam-type rear axle with coil springs, gas shock absorbers, two leading and two trailing arms and a Panhard rod. Power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering.
Disc brakes all around, ventilated in front. Asbestos-free pads. SAAB Anti-lock Braking System.
Asymmetric wheels, grey with polished lip. 5.5j x 15" light alloy.
195/60 VR15 high-speed, low profile steel belted radials.
Capacity EPA Cargo Volume Index with the back seat raised, 21.9 cu.ft. (621 liters). Total Cargo Space with the back seat folded down, 56.5 cu.ft. (1600 liters).
Lowered chasis. Electrically operated sunroof. Air-conditioning. Electrically operated front seats. Electrically adjustable door mirrors. Electrically operated windows. Cruise control. Driver's side air bag. Burled walnut instrument panel. Leather upholstery. Removable AM/FM stereo cassette and compact disc player/7-band graphic equalizer with CD changer controls.