Car of the Week - May 14, 2001

2001 Saab 9-3 Viggen Convertible

If it's not enough that the 2001 Saab 9-3 Viggen provides high performance, enhanced control and safety, and distinct aircraft-inspired design. Then how about this: free enrollment in the exclusive Viggen Flight Academy is included in the base price.

Like Sweden's Saab 37 Viggen ("viggen" meaning "thunderbolt" in Swedish) jet fighter, this enhanced four cylinder engine can really push you back into your extremely comfortable contoured wrap-around leather seat. We're talking about 230 hp at 5,500 rpm.

The convertible converts almost silently in a series of fold up-fold down moves. Our favorite features included the Night Panel instrument display option which shuts of non-essential displays for a less cluttered view, and a wireless remote that sounds so much like a bird that it drove my cat crazy. The 9-3 convertible, well worth a test flight.

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