Vauxhall has released the first official pictures of its stunning concept, named VX Lightning, which is being launched as part of the Centenary celebrations.
Shown from all angles, the new pictures clearly demonstrate Lightning’s dramatic design, carried out at GM’s Advanced Design studio in Coventry by GM’s leading designers Simon Cox and Martin Smith.
The VX Lightning is a classically proportioned sports car with a long bonnet and short rear overhang, with some subtle echoes of the past such as the roll-over hoops sculptured into the rear deck. The wheels are graced by 19 inch alloys at the front and massive 20 inch alloys at the rear.
Inside, deeply sculptured seats are finished in black and red leather, while red leather has also been used to trim the sweeping dashboard.
Under the long bonnet sits a new version of Vauxhall’s aluminium 2.2 ECOTEC engine - reworked with a supercharger to produce 240hp and 305Nm of torque. A six-speed manual gearbox is mated to the new engine, which drives the rear wheels.
The independent suspension is lightweight aluminium, while a near perfect 50:50 weight distribution has been achieved to ensure the best handling and poise on the road.
Vauxhall currently has no plans to build the car. However, following the overwhelming reception to its reveal, public opinion is being monitored more closely than ever!Published 22 May 2003