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9-3s get the Viggen treatment

SAAB has launched a new high-performance 9-3 flagship model, the Viggen, which puts out 225bhp from its 2.3-litre turbocharged engine. With an upgraded sports chassis and extensive aerodynamics, which Saab claims has cut lift forces on the standard 9-3 by more than 50%, the new Viggen is on sale at £31,000 for the coupe, £31,500 for the five-door and £36,500 for the convertible (all on-the-road prices).

Named after the Saab 37 Viggen fighter jet, enhancements on the new vehicle include re-rated springs, new dampers, 17-inch alloy wheels, improved steering and bigger ventilated brakes.

The turbo engine produces 252lb-ft of torque from 2,500rpm to 4,000rpm, and will reach 60mph in 6.5secs. Safety features include driver and front passenger airbags, seat-mounted head and thorax side airbags and the Saab active head restraint, designed to reduce the risk of whiplash injuries.

Other standard features are ABS, climate control, electric driver's seat, heated front seats, pre-wiring for phone hands-free with microphone and front fog lamps. Options include metallic paint, electric sunroof, dual electric seats with driver memory, driving pack with cruise control and computer, and audio upgrade to CD player.

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