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    Opel-Vauxhall Vectra (C) 2002-2008

    Top Design and Technology: Opel Presents New Vectra and New Signum

    • Striking front-end in new Opel design language expresses driving dynamics
    • New top-of-the-line aluminum V6 turbo gasoline engine with 230 hp
    • All diesels with maintenance-free particulate filter as standard, new 100 hp 1.9 CDTI
    • IDS chassis enhanced for optimized handling and increased comfort
    • Best-in-class innovations such as Continuous Damping Control, steering-linked Adaptive Forward Lighting and Trailer Stability Assist available

    Rüsselsheim. Highlights of the new Vectra and Signum include a completely new, striking face in the dynamic Opel design language, an extensively modified engine range with a brand new, top-of-the-line 230 hp 2.8-liter V6 turbo, as well as an array of class-leading technical features. The latest edition of Opel’s successful mid-size model range also features new chassis tuning with optimized steering precision for more distinctive driving dynamics, and improved comfort. The IDSPlus (Interactive Driving System) chassis with electronic CDC (Continuous Damping Control) is still unique in this class and is now available with even more engines. Also best-in-class: bi-xenon headlamps with curve and cornering light (AFL – Adaptive Forward Lighting), and the maintenance-free diesel particulate filter system fitted as standard with all diesel variants, including the new
    100 hp 1.9 CDTI. The new Vectra and Signum models will be built in the state-of-the-art Rüsselsheim plant in Germany, sales start in September.

    “The new front clearly reflects the excellent driving dynamics of the new Vectra models and the new Signum”, says Hans H. Demant, Vice President of Engineering, GM Europe, and Managing Director, Adam Opel AG. “Expressive design and a leading-edge technical concept are typical of successful cars.” Shortly after its launch in 2002, the Vectra became the best-selling mid-size sedan in Europe, and held on to the top spot last year with a market segment share of 9.2 percent. In total, around 600,000 third-generation Vectras have been sold worldwide to date. The Vectra also earned top marks in numerous tests carried out by German and European automotive media.

    Dynamic front in new Opel design language and updated interior

    The most distinctive feature of the new four and five-door Vectra sedan, Vectra station wagon and Opel Signum is the newly designed front end – a further development of the new Opel design language. Together with the characteristic shoulder line, the front expresses dynamics and sportiness. Further distinctive characteristics are the typical Opel crease in the engine hood, sharper tapering of the front bumper and, most notably, the new headlamps, which stretch into the newly-formed fender and hood. With their cylindrical, chrome-colored lamp units behind clear glass, the headlamps are the eye-catching highlight of the front of the Vectra and Signum. A wide chrome crossbar with large Opel emblem is the dominant feature of the grille. A black honeycomb structure and large side air-intakes with integrated fog lamps emphasize the wide appearance of the new Vectra´s front end.

    The interior of the Signum and Vectra is more than ever defined by high quality look and feel. The top sections of the instrument panel and door trim have a new, leather-look grain. The cockpit makes a lighter, more elegant impression, thanks to the new contours of the instrument panel, the rounded corners of air vents and the chrome-colored controls. This is all complemented by newly designed, dual-color décor trim with large inlays in wood or aluminum-look and a sweeping dome over the instruments. All versions of the new Vectra and Signum feature a sporty, three-spoke steering wheel.

    With its innovative body concept, which combines the spaciousness of a station wagon with the sporty lines of a coupé, and its unrivalled FlexSpace versatility, the Signum has a special place in the Opel mid-size model range. To visually underline this special position, the designers set additional accents in the front design of the new Signum. A central air-intake surrounded by a U-shaped chrome frame and chrome-ringed fog lamps emphasize the vertical lines and communicate a discreet elegance.

    New top-of-the-line 2.8 V6 turbo engine, extended diesel range, DPF standard

    A wide range of modern ECOTEC engines is available for the new Vectra and Signum – five gasoline engines (1.6 – 2.8 liter, 100 – 230 hp) and four CDTI common-rail diesels
    (1.9 – 3.0 liter, 100 – 184 hp), which are equipped with a maintenance-free diesel particulate filter as standard. All engines comply with the Euro 4 emissions standard.

    The most powerful engine for all versions of the Vectra and the Signum is an all-new 2.8-liter aluminum gasoline six-cylinder unit with a twin-scroll turbocharger for plenty of power in all driving situations. The sixty-degree V6 with variable valve control delivers 90 percent of its maximum torque of 330 Nm at 1500 rpm. Peak torque is provided across a wide range from 1800 to 4500 rpm. Driving performance with this engine is equally impressive: only 7.4* seconds are required for the zero to 100 km/h sprint and top speed is around 250* km/h – a new record for the Vectra. The top-of-the-line diesel engine is the
    3.0 V6 CDTI with 135 kW/184 hp and a maximum torque of 400 Nm available from
    2000 rpm. A new 100 hp variant of the 1.9 CDTI rounds off the diesel range.

    Depending on the engine, either a five or six-speed manual or automatic transmission is available for the front-wheel drive Vectra and Signum. Apart from the 1.6 and 1.8-liter entry-level gasoline units, all engines are equipped as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox, while a six-speed automatic with ActiveSelect is available for the 2.8 V6 Turbo, the 150 hp 1.9 CDTI and the 3.0 V6 CDTI.

    Improved handling and more comfort

    The enhanced IDS chassis (Interactive Driving System) provides even better vehicle control while offering a noticeable increase in comfort. New tuning of the front and rear suspension, as well as of the electro-hydraulic steering, improves straight-line stability and enables more sensitive steering response in the straight-ahead position. In addition to the chassis fine-tuning, optimized front and rear-axle bushings are primarily responsible for increased comfort.

    Range of class-leading technical features further extended

    The IDSPlus chassis with electronic Continuous Damping Control (CDC) and networking of all driving dynamics systems is still unique in the mid-size segment, giving Opel a leading position in adaptive chassis systems. Further technical highlights in the Vectra and Signum include the AFL bi-xenon headlamps with dynamic curve light and static cornering light, and the climate-controlled, orthopedically recommended MultiContour driver’s seat. New options are the innovative Trailer Stability Assist, which prevents dangerous yawing of the car-trailer combination, the Quickheat heating system, and a cellular phone portal with Bluetooth interface and voice control.

    Versatility in dynamic design

    While the sedans already boast generous interior space, the Vectra station wagon continues to set the benchmark in the mid-size segment with a maximum load capacity of 1850 liters (VDA norm). In addition, the Vectra station wagon offers numerous clever and highly practical features, such as the versatile FlexOrganizer system for the luggage compartment, a remote controlled power tailgate and a pivoting tow hitch.

    The Opel Signum has the same wheelbase (2830 mm) as the Vectra station wagon, which is 130 mm longer than the sedan´s. With its unique, innovative FlexSpace concept, the Signum provides optimum flexibility with a dynamic and elegant appearance. Just a few quick and easy adjustments are needed to turn the five-seater into a four-seater with exceptional comfort usually only found in luxury cars. Each outer rear seat slides 130 mm to provide maximum legroom or more luggage space. With all three rear seat backs folded forward, a completely flat cargo area is created. In this configuration, up to 1410 liters of luggage space is available. Its unrivalled versatility, exceptional interior space, innovative technology and unique body concept ensure the Signum a special place in the mid-size segment.
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    The design is all stranged up, on the side and back its all straight, when you get to front, its all gone very curvy. Doesn't work, don't like it. Just looks like the Astras face slapped on an old Vectra or something.

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    No pics of new Signum??
    WRC - That's motorsport!

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    IMHO it is very ugly.it really is a step back

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    IMO it looks good, gonna look even better in real life
    I think Koenigsegg is Swedish for: "Oh no, my head's just exploded!"

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    Opel Vectra OPC

    Vectra OPC Premiere at IAA 2005
    2005-08-08

    · 260 km/h top speed thanks to 188 kW/255 hp 2.8-liter V6 turbo engine
    · Exclusive: Second-generation IDSPlus chassis

    Rüsselsheim. The Vectra OPC is the fastest and most powerful IAA world premiere on the Opel stand this year. The high-performance Vectra (255 hp, 260 km/h top speed) can be seen at the International Automobile Exhibition in Frankfurt from September 15 - 25, 2005, and will be introduced in Germany a few weeks later. Following the current Astra OPC and Zafira OPC, it will extend Opel’s OPC (Opel Performance Center) range of high performance cars. The Vectra OPC will be available as a five-door hatchback and a station wagon.

    The powerhouse of the new top-of-the-line Vectra is an aluminum 2.8-liter V6 turbo gasoline engine. With variable valve timing and a twin-scroll turbocharger, the six-cylinder unit has an output of 188 kW/255 hp and provides an exciting drive: a top speed of 260 km/h and zero to 100 km/h acceleration in less than seven seconds. In addition, maximum torque of 355 Newton meters ensures excellent pulling power even at low engine speeds. The Vectra OPC comes with a six-speed manual transmission as standard.

    Debut for second-generation IDSPlus chassis

    The Vectra OPC’s chassis is tuned to complement its power. The high-performance Vectra is the first production car worldwide from a volume brand to feature a further developed version of the electronically controlled IDSPlus chassis with newest-generation Continuous Damping Control (CDC). Comparable high-end solutions are currently only available in a few low-volume production super sports cars.

    The new-generation CDC minimizes body movements even more effectively and quickly with the help of separate modules. The result is a noticeable enhancement of roll-prevention and body control, with optimized suspension comfort. The brakes – 345-millimeter diameter at the front, and 292 mm at the rear – provide powerful deceleration and precise feel.

    The Vectra OPC’s looks highlight its sporty character. The front end features large air inlets and a honeycomb grille, while the side profile is accentuated by large 18-inch rims in exclusive OPC design. A special highlight is given to the rear by the two trapezoidal tailpipes. The interior also features sporty and functional details, with Recaro sport seats, instruments in OPC layout and a leather sport steering wheel. The Vectra OPC has one particularly attractive detail in common with all other OPC family members – the blue brake calipers.
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    Jeremy Clarkson will love that, a Vectra that is faster than most BMWs and Mercs. Good ol' speed limiters.

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    big thx for this pics, this car looks so good in this color

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    Quote Originally Posted by pimento
    Jeremy Clarkson will love that, a Vectra that is faster than most BMWs and Mercs. Good ol' speed limiters.
    I would love to drive with 260 km/h past a 250 km/h going M5 on the Autobahn in my Opel Vectra
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    its still a vauxhall.. even if it does have silly bits n bobs stuck everywhere to try and hide that. The only vauxhall worth owning is the monaro *drools*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cotterik
    its still a vauxhall.. even if it does have silly bits n bobs stuck everywhere to try and hide that. The only vauxhall worth owning is the monaro *drools*
    Vauxhall are currently leading the BTCC as manufacturer. It's not all bad
    "A woman without curves is like a road without bends, you might get to your destination quicker but the ride is boring as hell'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matra et Alpine
    Vauxhall are currently leading the BTCC as manufacturer. It's not all bad
    but theyre boring! realy.. the vx220 turbo and the monaro are the only cars worth looking at. The corsa the vectra the astra are all just bo-ring. No character atall.

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    by boring then you mean looks. My sorry, I was taking the whole car into the equation.
    "A woman without curves is like a road without bends, you might get to your destination quicker but the ride is boring as hell'

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