Test examples of Opel’s Vectra have been spotted being evaluated in South Africa, indicating that the medium saloon – including its Signum sibling – could be launched locally.

Test examples of Opel’s Vectra have been spotted being evaluated in South Africa, indicating that the medium saloon – including its Signum sibling – could be launched locally.


That means the Essen Show launch of the Vectra OPC

1,9 turbo-diesel concept could have ramifications for the South African market, especially after CARtoday.com reported on Wednesday that the two-litre turbocharged Astra OPC and – perhaps also the Zafira OPC – will be launched here next year.

The Vectra OPC features twin-turbochargers and the 1,9 CDTI ECOTEC diesel engine produces about 156 kW and reaches peak torque of more than 400 N.m at 1 400r/min. This allows the Vectra to sprint from zero to 100km/h in 6,5 seconds and requires only six litres of fuel per 100km, according to the European test cycle.

The top speed is governed electronically to 250km/h. The concept car shown in Essen featured the Arden blue typical of OPC products, a lowered body with aerodynamic accessories and 19-inch alloy wheels with 235/30 tyres. The interior is trimmed mostly in blue leather.

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