Opel Speedster Turbo

The Opel Speedster is a British-built roadster produced from 2001 to 2005 by Lotus for General Motors’s subsidiary Opel and was also badged as Vauxhall VX220 for the UK market. In addition, South Korea’s GM-Daewoo has also had Speedsters displayed with the Daewoo badge, although only one was built to be used for marketing purposes.

The Speedster has a lot in common with the Lotus Elise, yet Opel claims few parts are interchangeable. Both are characterized by strong performance and superb handling. Since the beginning of production, the Speedster and VX220 were powered by GM’s 2.2 L 16-valve Ecotec L61 engine producing 147 hp ECE (108 kW).

Since 2003, they are also available with a 2.0 L turbocharged version of this engine producing 200 hp ECE (147 kW). Thanks in part to the car’s light weight, the turbo version is able to reach a top speed of 242 km/h (151 mph) and accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 4.9 seconds.

The Speedster utilizes an aluminum and carbon fiber chassis tub that weighs only 150 pounds, the entire car weighs in at only 2050 pounds, much lighter than most small sports cars. With its low weight, mid-mounted engine, high torisional rigidity, and ample horsepower, the car is extremely quick and agile.

The base price was around €32,000 for the 2.2 and €36,000 for the turbocharged version

Specifications

General
Manufacturer Opel
Model Speedster 2.0 Turbo 2003
Powertrain Layout Mid Engine / RWD
Base Price Not Available
Dimensions
Length 3786 mm / 149.1 in
Width 1708 mm / 67.2 in
Height 1117 mm / 44.0 in
Wheelbase 2330 mm / 91.7 in
Weight 1005 kg / 2,216 lbs
Front / Rear Track F 1450 mm / 57.1 in
R 1488 mm / 58.6 in
Engine
Configuration 2.0 Liter Turbo Ecotec Inline 4
Valvetrain DOHC 4 Valves / Cylinder
Displacement 1998 cc / 121.9 cu
Power 149.1 kW / 199.9 bhp at 5500 rpm
Torque 250 Nm / 184.4 ft lbs at 1950 rpm
Bore 86 mm / 3.4 in
Stroke 86 mm / 3.4 in
Compression Ratio 8.8:1
Bhp / Liter 100.1 bhp
Redline Not Available
Chassis & Body
Body / Frame Lightweight Bonded Aluminium
Steering Rack & Pinion w/ Shock-Absorber
Brake Type Vented Discs & ABS
Brake Size F 288 mm / 11.3 in
R 288 mm / 11.3 in
Wheels F 43.2 x 14 cm / 17.0 x 5.5 in
R 43.2 x 19.1 cm / 17.0 x 7.5 in
Tyres F 175/55R-17
R 225/45R-17
Transmission
Gear Type 5 Speed Manual
Final Drive 3.95:1
1st Gear Ratio 3.58:1
2nd Gear Ratio 2.02:1
3rd Gear Ratio 1.35:1
4th Gear Ratio 0.97:1
5th Gear Ratio 0.79:1
Performance
Top Speed 243.0 kph / 151 mph
0 – 62 mph 4.9 seconds
0 – 100 mph Not Available
0 – ¼ mile Not Available
EPA City / Highway Not Available

Scribbled on April 5th 2008 in Opel, Opel Speedster
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