Vauxhall’s stunning VX220 Turbo has beaten all comers – from Aston Martin to Porsche and Ferrari – to take the Performance Car of the Year crown in this year’s influential CAR magazine awards.

The £25,995 Vauxhall VX220 Turbo was judged to be "a well designed, well engineered driver’s car that is guaranteed to spark a warm glow of anticipation every time you reach for the keys," said CAR.

Not only did the VX220 Turbo put clear distance for the dollar between itself and the other finalists, but it was also the most solid all round performer in testing in Wales. The Vauxhall sports car trounced the Bentley Continental GT, Ferrari’s 360 Challenge Stradale, BMW’s new Z4, the Nissan 350Z and Porsche’s 911 GT3.

CAR’s editor, Angus Mackenzie, said the VX220 won "because it fulfilled every criteria better than any other car on test."

The introduction of the 200hp, 151mph turbo version in the spring has seen VX220 sales almost double over the first nine months of the year compared to the same period last year. "This important award demonstrates vividly Vauxhall’s commitment to driving excitement and innovative design," says brand manager David Pugh.

Published : 08/11/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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