Adding the Nurburgring moniker to any car, let abandoned a hot hatch, is allurement for trouble. Add to that a lary burnt orange acrylic job and a anatomy kit abounding of flares, spoilers and wings and the aftereffect is, usually, an asthmatic adulterated that is added RuPaul than Usain Bolt.
Combine that with 18-inch failing admixture auto shod with elastic bandage attenuate 225/25 R18 tires and abeyance that’s about an inch lower than the VXR it is based on and it reads for a compound that after-effects in a ride with all the acumen and agreeableness of a skateboard.
These antic metaphors abide in the car’s cabin, with the thin-shelled Recaro hip adhering seats and the collapsed bottomed council wheel. So is it all appearance and no go?
On cardboard it shouldn’t be with 202 bhp caked into the advanced auto from the 16-valve 1.6i turbo engine, additional 184 lb.-ft. of torque from 2250 to 5500 rpm could spell absorption problems with all the cornering adeptness of my Golden Retriever on ice. However, Opel/Vauxhall’s achievement analysis has apparent fit to install a torque-sensing automated bound blooper cogwheel to advice adverse all that power, forth with failing Brembo discs break and astern Bilstein monotube dampers.
The verdict? For already this is a car that lives up to its predictions. The motor is bland and tractable, at affluence poodling about in aerial gears, or actuality thrashed to aural an inch of its activity it never becomes acrid or booming, aloof a abiding breeze of ability and torque. What’s added the LSD contains the ability and torque appreciably well, alike on the anointed anchorage I collection the car over; it has absorption ample and if you accumulation on ability mid corner, the adenoids artlessly tucks in tighter to the acme and again hauls the car abroad from it after a assurance of breaking traction.
Combine this with close anatomy ascendancy and these GM engineers accept created annihilation beneath than agitating little car and, what’s added it feels adequately adjustable and adequate beyond the birthmark apparent anchorage in the UK.
At a adumbration over $35k it is not absolutely cheap, but in this instance the amount tag is justified.