I was taking an e-stroll through the for-sale ads here in Australia yesterday when I came upon a few of these convertibles noted as “Design Edition” models. I hadn’t seen these before, so I thought I’d have a click and take a look.
Saab’s special editions are always pretty good and this one turns out to be no exception.
I haven’t been able to find out much officially, but it seems the Design Edition was a 2001 model and came with a 2.0 litre turbo, Viggen body kit and wheels and some special Viggen-like trim. It’s not the same as the Viggen, mind you, as you’ll see from the interior shots below. The two-tone leather is in a slightly different pattern and it has the brushed aluminium dash trim instead of the carbon fibre.
It’s pretty nice, though. There’s actually three of these for sale here in Oz at the moment. All in New South Wales. Two of them are black and have the original Viggen wheels on them, and this one in silver has had the wheels changed for the double-Y 17-inch wheels, which actually look a bit better, I think.
Did other markets have the same thing? As mentioned, I’ve found nothing official about this one in Saab Oz’s press archive. I’d also like to know what the badge is on the side, too. I might have to call the dealer for a detail shot.