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Speedster (Germany, 2000)

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The Opel Speedster is a mid engined, two-seater sports car. The model was sold by Vauxhall as VX220 on the UK market and as Daewoo Speedster in Asia.
The Speedster/VX220 shares many features with the Lotus Elise and is characterized by strong performance and good handling. The Speedster/VX220 was manufactured at the Lotus factory in Norfolk and carried the Lotus internal model identification Lotus 116 and the code name Skipton for the 2.2N/A version and Tornado for the 2.0 L Turbo.

The aluminium tub chassis weighs only 68 kg and the car's bodywork is made of glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) resulting in a total weight of only 930 kg.

The normally aspirated version was equipped with an Opel Astra all aluminium alloy 2.2 L Z22SE engine producing 108 kW (147 PS; 145 bhp). The Turbo model, introduced in 2003, was fitted with an Opel designed cast iron block 2.0 L Z20LET engine, producing 147 kW (200 PS; 197 bhp). Opel/Vauxhall fitted the Speedster/VX220 with 17"" wheels front and rear for aesthetic reasons, compromising the handling performance of the car. A removable hard-top could be fitted as an option.The turbo version was able to reach a top speed of 242 km/h (150 mph) and accelerated from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.9 seconds.

Production of the VX220/Speedster ended in 2005.



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Opel entered the automobile business in 1899, selling Opel-Lutzmann cars, the first of them being the “Patent Motor Car”. Partnership between Opel and Lutzman was terminated in 1901 and Adam Opel’s son initiated a new contract with the French carmaker Darracq that allowed the German company to built Opel-Darracq cars. These cars received their chassis from Darracq and their bodies from Opel.

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