A state of the art, all aluminium 2.0 turbo engine can now be ordered in the Vectra, increasing the choice of engines to six. With 175 hp on tap, the new 2.0 T neatly fills the gap between two of the existing petrol engines – the 147 hp 2.2 16v and the range topping 3.2 V6 with 211 hp.

Vauxhall’s lightweight turbo engine is a development of the popular 2.2 litre aluminium unit used to good effect in the VX220, Astra and Vectra.

In line with the key characteristics of the normally aspirated 2.2, the new turbo engine combines a high level of refinement with strong pulling power – 265 Nm of torque between 2,500 and 4,000 rpm. Maximum power of 175 hp is reached at 5,500 rpm.

On The Road

This translates into some healthy performance statistics on the road. The 0-60 mph sprint takes 8.1 seconds, although it is when the engine is in the midrange that performance is particularly strong with a time of just 5.5 seconds for 30 to 50 mph (4th gear).

Fuel economy, on the combined cycle is 31.7 mpg, and emissions are rated at 214 g/km.

Model Availability

Buyers will have a choice of four trim levels if they opt for the 2.0 turbo, between either the sporting SRi (hatchback only) or SXi, or the comfort-oriented Elegance and Elite, both also available in hatchback and saloon. Standard specification remains the same.

Insurance groups have also been confirmed at 12E for the SXi and Elegance and 13E for the SRi and Elite.

Full on the road prices for Vectra Turbo models are:

SXi 2.0T £16,825
Elegance 2.0T £17,480
SRi 2.0T £17,880
Elite 2.0T £20,185

The Vectra Turbo is on sale from 1 May.

Published : 29/04/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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