Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day: A Tale of Three Turbos

I'd love to say I wrote a funky turbo comparison test as a Valentine's Day present to all the readers on this site, but the truth is, I didn't.  No, instead of spending today writing a 5,000 word comparison of the Saab 900 Turbo, Renault 25 V6 Turbo, and Citroen CX 25 GTI Turbo, I've just posted this link as a Valentine's Day treat to my wife.  See, I'm not sitting in front of the computer all night ranting and rambling to unseen voices on the web and in my head.

Locking Horns:  Since Saab popularised the turbocharger for the middle classes, front drive turbos combining 120mph capabilities and well-equipped comfort have multiplied. Here the Renault 25 turbo newcomer is scrutinised alongside the original Saab eight-valve formula and the surprising
Citroën CX GTi Turbo. 

Find the whole article written by Jeremy Walton and published Oct 1985 in Performance Car here on

Happy Turbotines Day!


  1. 30 years ago. Another world. Even then: "The poor old Saab takes about the same time to get to 100mph as
    the Citroën does to 110 and is never in the hunt with France's finest, only just scraping beneath 10 seconds for 0-60mph." Still, something about a 900. I'd buy one tomorrow.

    1. At some point I'm going to ask the DT cognoscenti to find me a buildable '75-earlier 99 and an '89-93 900 Turbo parts car.

      Not there yet.

      There's a perfect '74 on the classfieds right now, but much too soon. There's also a couple very, very nice looking manual-transmission early 9000 Aeros over there right now.

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    3. mrkwong -

      Just wanted to say thanks for the guidance on the Aero a while back. Picked it up and been using it as a daily driver. A few small things to correct at 75k mi (heater core, missing power antenna motor, new thermostat, mounts, etc), and a body-fix allowance included in the purchase price.


      Being a '95, it's the last year of TCS-related oddities, so will have to pick up a Tech2 at some point and become fluent. All that said, fun to drive and I'm hopeful for many years of fun to come.


  2. October 1985. About the time the Saab 9000 was introduced, which would have been the more directly competitive vehicle and which comfortably left the sloppy Frogs wallowing in the dust.

    1. i'd be very interested to hear more of your thoughts on the 9000 versus classic 900 as a non-daily driver - i have a set of saab inca wheels i have been hoarding for an eventual 900 acquisition, but i'm a huge giugiaro fan (as you all know by now) and the extra size of the 9000 is very appealing - i've not seen anyone say something like what you're saying here relative to the 900


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