Indeed it was 1998. But I'm talking about a Saab 900 CLASSIC. Last year was 1993 except for the convertible which saw a 1994 model year while they readied the NG900 convert. And, for sure, a rear drive v8, the saab is NOT. The M3, Vette, Camero and Cobra are not peers of the saab. not even close.
But I'm not talking about "performance tuned automobiles" either, I'm talking about "performance oriented driving" I'm talking about classic and just plain Fun To Drive. Think 280z, BMW 2002, miata, Spitfire, original RX7, 80s 3-series BMW. It's about more than 0-60 and skidpad. It's about sound and the feel of the road through the wheel and seat. It's about clutch fell, seats, shift throw, predictability, understeer/oversteer. In the 900t, it was about watching the boost gauge creep through the yellow toward the orange while you were pressed back in your seat, then shifting fast enough that you could leave the gas on the floor and then enjoying the process all over again- watch, shift, repeat.
So, while our standard for performance is the same (i like to melt tires too), our standard for "fun to drive" may be a bit different.
92 9000 cse turbo.
and I loved them all.