Although the wheels are the same size, with the new Turbo a new striking design of alloy is featured.
Further exterior changes are subtle, and restricted to a small black ‘lip’ spoiler at the front, a body-coloured spoiler on the rear which also aids high speed aerodynamics. Most noticeable of all exterior changes are the wider air intakes on the side of the body to aid engine cooling.
Discreet ‘Turbo’ lettering appears at the rear and on the inner sill plates, while a full range of new colours is also introduced.
Inside The VX220 Turbo
The interior décor of the VX220 – spartan, sporting and functional – gets a facelift for Turbo owners. While the new model retains a familiar minimalist feel, some additions give a ‘plusher’ look with greater use of leather and fabrics.
Drivers and passengers of the VX220 Turbo will also notice a reduction in the amount of cabin noise with the new model. While the new exhaust system gives the Turbo a pleasantly sporty note, extensive work has been carried out on the Noise Vibration Harshness (NVH) characteristics from inside the car, resulting in a more cosseted ride for occupants.
Revised two-tone leather trim has been introduced for the seats, (optional) while a new finish on the main dash and leather door inserts is also featured. The main instrument cluster and fuel gauge get a new look and the main dash now features a ‘gearshift up’ light.
VX220 Turbo Options
A wider range of options will be available when the car goes on sale, including a hard-top finished in body colour and a range of audio systems – some incorporating CD and satellite navigation – and leather interior trim.
A Touring Pack, which consists of full carpeting and additional noise insulation can be chosen, while the option of central door locking adds extra convenience.
The VX220 Turbo goes on sale in the UK at the end of March. As with the 2.2 16v, the new model will be sold through a network of specialist Vauxhall retailers across the UK.
Driver Training – Palmersport
Vauxhall is continuing with its association with Jonathan Palmer’s Palmersport, based at the Bedford Autodrome in north Bedfordshire. As part of their purchase, owners of both the 2.2 and Turbo model will be eligible for the free, one day Driver Training course.
For the 2003 season, the VX220 fleet at Palmersport will be changed to Turbo models with courses starting in March and continuing through until the end of October.Published 16 February 2003