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Opel Vectra OPC (Vauxhall Vectra VXR) Premiere at IAA 2005

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Opel has issued the following press release:

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The Vectra OPC is the fastest and most powerful IAA world premiere on the Opel stand this year. The high-performance Vectra (255 hp, 260 km/h top speed) can be seen at the International Automobile Exhibition in Frankfurt from September 15 - 25, 2005, and will be introduced in Germany a few weeks later. Following the current Astra OPC and Zafira OPC, it will extend Opel?s OPC (Opel Performance Center) range of high performance cars. The Vectra OPC will be available as a five-door hatchback and a station wagon.

The powerhouse of the new top-of-the-line Vectra is an aluminum 2.8-liter V6 turbo gasoline engine. With variable valve timing and a twin-scroll turbocharger, the six-cylinder unit has an output of 188 kW/255 hp and provides an exciting drive: a top speed of 260 km/h and zero to 100 km/h acceleration in less than seven seconds. In addition, maximum torque of 355 Newton meters ensures excellent pulling power even at low engine speeds. The Vectra OPC comes with a six-speed manual transmission as standard.

Debut for second-generation IDSPlus chassis.

The Vectra OPC?s chassis is tuned to complement its power. The high-performance Vectra is the first production car worldwide from a volume brand to feature a further developed version of the electronically controlled IDSPlus chassis with newest-generation Continuous Damping Control (CDC). Comparable high-end solutions are currently only available in a few low-volume production super sports cars.

The new-generation CDC minimizes body movements even more effectively and quickly with the help of separate modules. The result is a noticeable enhancement of roll-prevention and body control, with optimized suspension comfort. The brakes ? 345-millimeter diameter at the front, and 292 mm at the rear ? provide powerful deceleration and precise feel.

The Vectra OPC?s looks highlight its sporty character. The front end features large air inlets and a honeycomb grille, while the side profile is accentuated by large 18-inch rims in exclusive OPC design. A special highlight is given to the rear by the two trapezoidal tailpipes. The interior also features sporty and functional details, with Recaro sport seats, instruments in OPC layout and a leather sport steering wheel. The Vectra OPC has one particularly attractive detail in common with all other OPC family members ? the blue brake calipers.

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Sedan looks :thumbsup:

Wagon looks :yucky:

Be sweet if we get all these hot versions in Australia...
 
In America, 255bhp isn't too much for a higher-end sedan/saloon, every car manufacturer offers a car with about that much power, Nissan has the Altima 3.5SE with 250hp and Subaru has a Legacy 2.5GT with the same power but more refinement. Nissan also has the Maxima 3.5SE with 265hp. They all have roughly the same engine technology as the Vectra, too. Same sort of options are offered also.

The Vectra could be a good contender in the mid-size sedan market over here, and it's built by Opel/Vauxhal who are owned by GM. Wonder why it's not sold here then.
 
Correct me if I'm wrong, Vette_Boss, but I believe bits of the Vectra platform are being used in the Chevy Malibu and its siblings, not sure which ones. As for "hot" sedans, the Impala SS and Grand Prix (GXP?) are already in those positions here. GM seems to be terrified about bringing over anything from its overseas divisions, with the exception of the GTO, and that was only thanks to Bob Lutz's strongarming; its experience with the Cadillac CTS (Opel Omega) and Ford's with the Contour (old Mondeo) probably got it really gunshy.

Hm, I didn't really answer your question... I guess the best reason I have for the Vectra not being here is just GM's bureaucratic bullheadedness.
 
Labcoatguy said:
Correct me if I'm wrong, Vette_Boss, but I believe bits of the Vectra platform are being used in the Chevy Malibu and its siblings, not sure which ones. As for "hot" sedans, the Impala SS and Grand Prix (GXP?) are already in those positions here. GM seems to be terrified about bringing over anything from its overseas divisions, with the exception of the GTO, and that was only thanks to Bob Lutz's strongarming; its experience with the Cadillac CTS (Opel Omega) and Ford's with the Contour (old Mondeo) probably got it really gunshy.

Hm, I didn't really answer your question... I guess the best reason I have for the Vectra not being here is just GM's bureaucratic bullheadedness.
Ah, untrue. GM is turning to Opel for all of their small-car engineering now. It did take a while, though.
 
The front looks way to much like an Astra and I hope I dont offend anyone by saying that "its just a Vectra..." :p
 
SL65AMG~V12~604BHP!!!!!!! said:
The front looks way to much like an Astra
Agreed. The front styling works better on that than it does on the Astra, but I'm still not a fan of it
SL65AMG~V12~604BHP!!!!!!! said:
"its just a Vectra..." :p
So true.
 
SL65AMG~V12~604BHP!!!!!!! said:
The front looks way to much like an Astra and I hope I dont offend anyone by saying that "its just a Vectra..." :p

I Quite like the way the Hatchback looks and the Estate looks fairly nice.

As for the, "Is just a Vectra".

Well...This Vectra can reach a top speed of 160 Mph and 0 to 60 Mph in just 6 seconds - 160Mph...ummm...That's more, than your "fabled" German rocket, limited by some stupid electronic nanny at 155 Mph.

And just, imagine the face, of a tosser in his Electronically Limited 155 Mph BMW M3, when he find out, he just got beaten by a...VECTRA!!! :jawdrop:

P.S: I Love German cars, I just wish they weren't limited by some Boring "Health and Safety" Electronic Device. :( :thumbsdown:
 
Kowalski said:
P.S: I LOVE GERMAN CARS, I JUST WISH THEY WEREN'T LIMITED BY SOME BORING "HEALTH AND SAFETY" ELECTRONIC DEVICE. :(

And where do you think this Vectra comes, from Italy? Usa?

It's kinda funny that Opel was the first to brake the 250 km/h rule rather than Audi or BMW.
 
static said:
Kowalski said:
P.S: I LOVE GERMAN CARS, I JUST WISH THEY WEREN'T LIMITED BY SOME BORING "HEALTH AND SAFETY" ELECTRONIC DEVICE. :(

And where do you think this Vectra comes, from Italy? Usa?

It's kinda funny that Opel was the first to brake the 250 km/h rule rather than Audi or BMW.

Yes, I know it comes from Germany! :D

Thing is: Why can't Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz drop the 250Km/h limiters???
 
Kowalski said:
SL65AMG~V12~604BHP!!!!!!! said:
The front looks way to much like an Astra and I hope I dont offend anyone by saying that "its just a Vectra..." :p

I Quite like the way the Hatchback looks and the Estate looks fairly nice.

As for the, "Is just a Vectra".

Well...This Vectra can reach a top speed of 160 Mph and 0 to 60 Mph in just 6 seconds - 160Mph...ummm...That's more, than your "fabled" German rocket, limited by some stupid electronic nanny at 155 Mph.

And just, imagine the face, of a tosser in his Electronically Limited 155 Mph BMW M3, when he find out, he just got beaten by a...VECTRA!!! :jawdrop:

You've missed the point (and actually somewhat unwittingly demonstrated it). They can make it as fast as they want, but at the end of the day, it's still a Vectra.
 
^ Officially? Or in the whole 'If you ask nicely we'll look away while Hans pulls the plug on the nanny' way?
 
fbc said:
^ Officially? Or in the whole 'If you ask nicely we'll look away while Hans pulls the plug on the nanny' way?

There is a thread in here where it's been speculated.
Other car companies are removing the limiter as well but this Vectra is the first "normal" car to actually do it.
 
Kowalski said:
SL65AMG~V12~604BHP!!!!!!! said:
The front looks way to much like an Astra and I hope I dont offend anyone by saying that "its just a Vectra..." :p

I Quite like the way the Hatchback looks and the Estate looks fairly nice.

As for the, "Is just a Vectra".

Well...This Vectra can reach a top speed of 160 Mph and 0 to 60 Mph in just 6 seconds - 160Mph...ummm...That's more, than your "fabled" German rocket, limited by some stupid electronic nanny at 155 Mph.

And just, imagine the face, of a tosser in his Electronically Limited 155 Mph BMW M3, when he find out, he just got beaten by a...VECTRA!!! :jawdrop:

P.S: I Love German cars, I just wish they weren't limited by some Boring "Health and Safety" Electronic Device. :( :thumbsdown:
BTW, Mercs,Bimmers and Audi's will soon no longer have that electronic nanny. Here look :)
http://forum.finalgear.com/viewtopic.php?t=6313
 
damn saab stealing subaru chassis

you can keep it going like this till the end of time, they all use eachothers stuff
 
bone said:
damn saab stealing subaru chassis

you can keep it going like this till the end of time, they all use eachothers stuff

Not just the chassis - Saab 'stole' the whole freaking car (though to be fair it wasn't Saab's decision - the brainiacs at GM HQ in Detroit forced that deal on Subaru and Saab)
 
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