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    We have seen the pictures of the Saab V8 engine but there never has been much information available about how this engine came to be. And more important, why it never made it to a production car.

    Tommi Järvinen in Finland published an article on his website Tommi’s Saab Site with detailed information of the history, design and construction of this engineering curiosity. He interviewed chief engineer Mauno Ylivakeri who was the V8 project supervisor at the Valmet Linnavuori engine plant.

    SAAB V8 Engine – The Complete Story

    Just before Christmas in 1987 presented Juhani Linnoinen, Director of the SAAB-Valmet Uusikaupunki car factory, a special request to Valmet Linnavuori engine plant (today Agco Sisu Power). “Could you make a V8 engine for a SAAB?” Linnoinen asked. “Well of course – this is an engine factory after all”, replied chief engineer Mauno Ylivakeri from Linnavuori without hesitation. Thus began a top-secret engine development project, which wasn’t made public until 10 years after the project was finished.

    Linnoinen had the idea for a SAAB V8 on one of his trips to United States. People loved the SAAB 900 Cabriolet in the U.S., but thought that two-litre inline fours were better suited to lawn mowers – even if they had a Turbo. Linnoinen’s vision was to design and build V8 SAAB for the American market in Finland.

    For the complete article with some interesting pictures, please visit Tommi's website: Tommi’s Saab Site » Blog Archive » SAAB V8 Engine – The Complete Story

    More information about the museum in Uusikaupunki, Finland: Uusikaupunki Automuseo

    This article was originally published in forum thread: The complete story about the Saab V8 engine started by Frank Wulfers View original post
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. rpiereck's Avatar
      rpiereck -
      And here is a video of the SAAB 9000 V8 test mule in action in Finland, too bad Finnish is such a hard language to learn!

      Any Finns here care to translate?

    1. #1SAAB12-17-11's Avatar
      #1SAAB12-17-11 -
      No need to translate that angry growl from under the hood. Sounds like no Saab I've ever heard!

      So if this V-8 is inside a 9000, why would Saab claim a V-8 would never fit inside a Saab? Oh that's right... it was GM. I'm only half-surprised Detroit didn't try mandating a Cavalier frame.
    1. rpiereck's Avatar
      rpiereck -
      Now imagine they used 2.3 blocks instead of 2.0, then make it a twin turbo...

      Make that engine a good 500 to 600 horsepower, SAAB double-H 6.4 V8!

      Keeping with SAAB names, call that engine the Draken.

      Shove it into the Aero X.

      The SAAB Aero X Draken.

      Instant SAAB supercar!
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