Wednesday Night Snippets

One thing I don’t do enough of here at Trollhattan is cover the history of Saab automobiles. It’s something I wish I had more time for and it’s something that I’d incorporate into a proper worldwide enthusiast site if I had the time and the resources (hello Detroit).

I just found this article, appearing in the Belfast Telegraph, though I think it might be syndicated to various services. It’s a look back at the very firsst Saab, the Saab 92.

I’m not sure I agree with the author’s conclusions, that a true Saab is “an eccentric oddball of rare and engaging character”. I think that sells the company and the cars way too short. It’s an enjoyable and quick read nonetheless.


Users of heated seats and aspiring fathers – beware!

Jalopnik are running a link to a story that claims that your toasty winter butt-warmers may be reducing your chances of sneaking one past the goalie.

Personally, I’m OK on this one. We’ve got no plans for having any kiddies so it’s warm buns all the way!


Hirsch recently came out with an E85 tuning solution. Now they’ve been joined by Swedish Saab tuners, Nordic.

Nordic are showing a dyno paper that details a test showing 263hp and 362Nm of torque. Interestingly though, they also have a stage three kit advertised on site with all sorts of bits and pieces involved that claims a whopping 295hp and 440Nm from the 2.0 Biopower engine.

Thanks Ivan


It’s been a busy time here at Trollhattan Central.

I just got some new Koni adjustable shocks fitted to the rear of the Viggen today. I haven’t really had time to check them out yet, but looking forward to doing so.

I’ve also been preparing a statement. I’m exercising my right to participate in the legal system here and defending a speeding ticket tomorrow morning.

Should be fun.

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  1. If the Belfast Telegraph phrase was modified a little to read “an eccentric automobile of rare, engaging and sporting character” I’d be happier with it. But, I kind of liked it anyway.
    By the way, the V-4 didn’t come until 1967, not 1961, and I don’t think it’s quite right to say that the 93 had virtually the same body as the 92; the front was significantly restyled, and they switched from torsion bars to coil springs. They also switched from transverse to longitudinal in the engine compartment. Funny how the 1947 92 seems to have been the prototype for what the entire world finally accepted as the best layout decades later (except for the 2-stroke engine).

  2. About the speeding ticket…”Your honour, I drive a Sab Viggen, it cant be driven slower than 60mph or carbon deposits will start to build up inside the engine and affect my 35+ mpg and clog up my efficient catalyst and in the long run make me effect the global warming in a negative way.” Feel free to use that… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Hey I got one pass the goalie last year (and thus won the championship) and announced my retirement from the pro circuit (hey, practice games and exhibition matches still on) ……. so crank up the seat heaters, our Fall is arriving ! ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. LOL @ SaabKen,

    I’ve also got a budding 2month-old Saab fan. I read once, “it’s funny how 3kg of newborn baby requires over 2000kg of SUV”. Luckily the Sportcombi came out here only a few months before my son.

    So my work here is done (for now) and I’m out at 6am on these frosty Spring mornings with the Combi’s heated seats cranked right up.

    BTW: it’s funny how much you get used to them and don’t want to get out of the car. I’m now looking at ways to wire up my office chair, might cook the family jewels for good…

  5. Hey Turbin,

    Congratulations on your new SportCombi ๐Ÿ˜€

    Oh yeah and on your new Saabisti Jr. too ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Why not find an old Saab heated seat, slap a base onto it and rig an AC power source to the elements (maybe even a thermostat !!) ?

    FWIW, I tried sneaking the Saab OEM seat as home office chair concept pass Mrs. SK last year. Crashed and burned. But in my mind that seat works great …….

    What parts are you located ?

  6. Hi SaabKen,

    Lovin the SC, even if it’s only a 1.8t. Saabisti Jnr loves it too, even if only as mobile playroom. Maybe something to do with the squeaks and rattles ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Located in Melbourne, OZ.

    Like the chair idea, will check the wreckers.

    Reminds me of Top Gear (UK car program) where Clarkson turns an old Porsche 928 seat into an easy-chair complete with working electrics.



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