About to make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show is the ‘close-to-production’ Vauxhall Adam S, the performance version of Vauxhall’s new model. The Adam is powered by a 150PS, 1.4-litre Turbo ECOTEC engine and the car boasts of a sports-tuned suspension, VXR braking system and distinctive ‘Red ’n Roll’ styling.
With 150PS and 220Nm of torque on tap, the special new version of the 1.4-litre Turbo ECOTEC unit in the Adam S gets a specific power output exceeding 100PS/litre. It is a turbocharged, high performance unit derived from the ADAM’s existing four-cylinder, 1.4-litre engine, that has been exclusively developed for the Adam S. It delivers 50 per cent more horsepower and 70 per cent more torque than its naturally-aspirated 1.4-litre stable-mate. Mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, it propels the Adam S to a top speed of 137mph.
Adam S’s 1.4 Turbo engine includes dual cam phasing for continuously variable valve timing and a turbocharger integrated within the exhaust manifold for reduced weight and compact packaging. Numerous weight-saving features include a cast iron block with a hollow frame structure, hollow-cast camshafts and a plastic intake manifold. Start/Stop technology is naturally fitted, and the engine already meets the future Euro 6 emission standards.
The upcoming model also has a specially-tuned performance chassis developed exclusively for the Adam S and direct, sharp performance steering to match. The car displayed that will be displayed on the Vauxhall/Opel stand also has larger VXR performance ‘S’ Red Brakes including 16-inch front and 15-inch rear discs featuring red-painted calipers. The 18-inch wheels are fitted with 225/35 R 18 tyres.
The close-to-production Adam S version also has black rear privacy glass, LED daytime running and rear tail lights, electronic climate control and Vauxhall’s IntelliLink system. It provides USB and Bluetooth connectivity, audio streaming, seven speakers and a seven-inch high-definition colour touch-screen.