VX220 Turbo Puts Vauxhall In Supercar Performance League

Vauxhall VX220 Turbo

 

Introduction

Vauxhall’s sensational new VX220 Turbo will promote the company to the supercar performance league when it goes on sale this spring.

That may be a bold claim from the Luton marque, however one glance at the performance figures viewed against a price of under £26,000 puts the new VX220 Turbo in a league of one.

A quick glance at some vital statistics confirms why the new VX220 Turbo promises to be something special: engine power output of 200 hp; 0 to 60 mph in under 5 seconds; 0 to 100 mph in under 13 seconds; a power to weight ratio of 4.9 kg/hp; a top speed of 151 mph. Pretenders to the roadster crown (we won’t name names), eat your heart out.

What is already one of the most capable chassis on the road has had further development to harness the extra engine power over the 2.2 litre 16v.

Some subtle exterior design changes give indications to the extra performance of the turbo model, while the interior of the new version is now plusher, upgraded through the use of higher quality materials and a revised list of options.

On the road price for the VX220 Turbo, when it goes on sale on 24 March, is £25,495.

  • Vauxhall makes supercar performance affordable 200 hp from turbo engine
  • Chassis mods to exploit extra power
  • Specialist dealer network retained
  • On sale 24 March
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Published 16 February 2003 Melanie Carter
 
 

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