Opel speedster

Acquisition

GT3

This car can be bought at the Vauxhall dealership for 38,390 Credits. But this is only possible in the PAL version of the game when the language is set to English.

If the player does not select English as the game’s language, the car defaults to an Opel Speedster ’00.

GT Concept

This car is available to the player in Arcade Mode from the beginning. However, it can be selected only if the game’s language is set to English.

GT4

This car can be bought at the Vauxhall dealership for 44,690 Credits. Like in GT3, this is only possible in the PAL version of the game.

GT5

This car is a Standard Car, and can occasionally be bought at the Used Car Dealership for around 40,000 Credits. The exact price of the car may vary depending on the mileage. It is a Level 1 car.

Vauxhall VX220 specifications

Sold/number built 2000-’05/5267 Normally Aspirated, 1940 Turbo

Construction bonded aluminium chassis, glassfibre body 

Engine mid-mounted, all-alloy, dual-overhead-cam, 16-valve 2198cc four, with Bosch Motronic injection or iron-block 1998cc with turbo

Max power 145bhp @ 5800rpm to 223bhp @ 6300rpm

Max torque 150lb ft @ 4000rpm to 210lb ft @ 4800rpm

Transmission Getrag five-speed manual, driving rear wheels

Suspension independent all round, by double wishbones, coil springs, telescopic dampers front anti-roll bar 

Steering rack and pinion, 2.8 turns lock-lock 

Brakes 288mm ventilated discs all round, with servo and anti-lock

Length 12ft 5in (3790mm)

Width 6ft 2in (1880mm)

Height 3ft 8in (1112mm)

Wheelbase 7ft 73/4in (2330mm)

Weight 1929/2051lb (875/930kg)

0-60mph 5.6-4.2 secs 

Top speed 135-155mph

Mpg 25-35

Price new Normally Aspirated £22,995 (2000), Turbo £26,495 (2003)

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Design and development

Rear view

Vauxhall VX220 (United Kingdom)

Interior

Due to the changes in European crash safety regulations for the 2000MY, Lotus needed to replace the original Elise.

In October 1999, they struck a deal with General Motors in order to have sufficient investment for a new car. As part of the deal, Lotus agreed to develop and produce the Opel Speedster and Vauxhall VX220 on the new Series 2 Elise chassis. The first Speedster concept car was shown at the 1999 Geneva Motor Show.

Whilst the new Elise would use a 1.8 litre Toyota engine, similar to that found in the Toyota Celica, the Speedster was designed to use a 2.2 litre from the . Neither engine had been used in the original Elise, which was fitted with a 1.8 litre Rover K-Series engine.

In order to accommodate the production of the new cars, Lotus expanded its Hethel factory to a capacity of 10,000 cars, with around 3,500 slots allocated to Speedster production. The first Speedster left the factory in Hethel. Production of the Speedster commenced in March 2001.

The Speedster utilizes an aluminium chassis tub that weighs only 72 kg (159 lb). The car also features bodywork made entirely of glass-reinforced plastic (GRP).

The entire car weighs only 875 kg (1,929 lb), which made it 100 kg (220 lb) lighter than the similarly sized Toyota MR2. At launch, the Speedster’s all aluminium alloy 2.2 L engine produced 145 hp (147 PS; 108 kW), making the Speedster considerably more powerful than the Elise was at launch.

As an answer to calls for a more powerful version of the Speedster, Opel introduced a new two litre turbocharged version of the Ecotec engine, which produced 200 hp (203 PS; 149 kW), but also weighed slightly more, at 930 kg (2,050 lb). Moreover, in 2004, a limited run of sixty track focused Speedsters were produced for the United Kingdom.

The cars, badged Vauxhall VXR220, were equipped with larger brakes, upgraded tyres and lowered suspension, and tuned to produce 220 hp (223 PS; 164 kW). Other features included more performance oriented seats and unique Speedline alloy wheels. The wheels were 16 in at the front and 17 in at the rear, the same as the Elise.

Calypso Red was the only available exterior colour.

Why you’d want a Vauxhall VX220

Developed alongside the Elise S2 but with many different parts, the VX220 was a thoroughly sorted sports car.

Longer, wider, more flexible and forgiving than an Elise, it was every bit as much fun. The bonded, extruded-aluminium chassis weighed just 68kg, contributing to a weight of well under a tonne. Mid-range punch was its strongest suit, the 2.2 engine far more flexible than the smaller, more highly strung units in the Elise. Testers raved about its impressive handling, brakes and steering, especially considering its controlled, supple ride.

The Vauxhall (or Opel, as the car was marketed for mainland Europe) badging did cause sales resistance when new and that continues even now, but it’s short-sighted. These superb machines are all the more interesting for their mainstream manufacturer heritage. Just don’t take them to a Vauxhall dealer now – Elise/VX specialists have the know-how to look after them properly.

Despite the experts’ views on its high safety levels, three were written off by journalists on the first day of the launch in Spain, proving that it could surprise those expecting normal Vauxhall driving limits.

Statistics

Speed 5.8

Accel 5.5

Braking 4.4

Corner 4.6

Base Rarity 4.2

B4

Unlock Requirements

North America:
missing data
Rarity: ?
Europe:
missing data
Rarity: ?
Asia:
missing data
Rarity: ?

Performance

Speed:
Top Speed: missing data

Acceleration:
0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): missing data

0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): missing data

Braking:

120-0 mph (193-0 km/h): missing data

 
Lateral Gs:
60 mph (97 km/h): missing data

Speed 4.7

Acceleration 4.7

Braking 4.1

Handling 4.1

Base Rarity 4.5

B 564

Unlock Requirements

North America:
missing data
Rarity: ?
Europe:
missing data
Rarity: ?
Asia:
missing data
Rarity: ?

Performance & Body Style

Body Style:
missing data

Speed:
Top Speed: missing data

Acceleration:
0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): missing data

0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): missing data

Braking:

60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): missing data

100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): missing data

Lateral Gs:
60 mph (97 km/h): missing data

120 mph (193 km/h): missing data

Speed 5.4

Handling 5.3

Acceleration 5.1

Launch 6.7

Braking 5.1

C 397

Unlock Requirements

Car Dealer:
Purchase from the car dealer for 20,000 CR

Performance & Body Style

Body Style:
missing data

Speed:
Top Speed: missing data

Acceleration:
0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): missing data

0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): missing data

Braking:

60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): missing data

100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): missing data

Lateral Gs:
60 mph (97 km/h): missing data

120 mph (193 km/h): missing data

Speed 4.7

Handling 5.2

Acceleration 6.8

Launch 7.9

Braking 5.2

B 442

Unlock Requirements

Car Dealer:
Purchase from the car dealer for 20,000 CR

Performance & Body Style

Body Style:
Superlight

Speed:
Top Speed: 147.2 mph  (236.8 km/h)

Acceleration:
0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 4.715 secs.
0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 12.000 secs.
Braking:

60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): 119.2 ft (36.3 m)
100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): 327.9 ft (99.9 m)
Lateral Gs:
60 mph (97 km/h): 0.93 g
120 mph (193 km/h): 0.87 g

Speed 6.4

Handling 6.8

Acceleration 7.1

Launch 8.7

Braking 6.8

A 717

DLC:
Requires the Car Pass pack

Unlock Requirements

Autoshow:
Purchase from the Autoshow for ? CR

Performance & Car Type

Car Type:
Modern Sports Cars

Rarity:
Common

Speed:
Top Speed: 155.9 mph  (250.8 km/h)

Acceleration:
0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 5.000 secs.
0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 13.000 secs.
Braking:

60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): 149.1 ft (45.4 m)
100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): 362.8 ft (110.6 m)
Lateral Gs:
60 mph (97 km/h): 0.92 g
120 mph (193 km/h): 1.01 g

Description

«A 2-seater sportscar that shares its structure with the Elise while creating a solid drive feel.»

The Opel Speedster was sold as the Vauxhall VX220 in the UK.

Based on the Lotus Elise, the Speedster represents Opel’s sole sports-car model. The compact convertible made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in 1999. Like the Elise, the Speedster is all about light weight, built on an innovative bonded aluminum chassis. Lotus manufactured about 10 percent of the Speedster’s other components as well.

Even with all this sharing, the two cars possessed distinctively different characters. For one, the Opel’s wheelbase is 1.1 inches longer than the Lotus’s 90.5 inch wheelbase. (91.7 inches to 90.5 inches). But more important, the Speedster had a completely different look. The styling was performed by General Motors, with many feeling that it looked better than the Lotus. It has a handsome face with a pleasant blend of sharp angles and rounded edges.

Underneath the sheet metal beats a different heart. In the Speedster’s case, it was a clean-burning 2.2-liter DOHC inline-4 that produces 145 HP and 149.7 ft-lb of torque. The modest output failed to satisfy many enthusiasts, so in 2003, Opel added a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 to the mix. This engine did the trick, with its 197 HP that allowed Opel to reach a top speed of 149 mph. This was possible because of the Speedster’s lean 850-kg curb weight. In the U.K., the Opel Speedster was marketed through Vauxhall as the VX220.

Production

The turbo version was able to reach a top speed of 242 km/h (150 mph) and accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.7 seconds. The car was hailed by the motoring press as a great drivers’ car and won several accolades, including Top Gear’s Car of the Year in 2003.

The 2.2 NA (naturally aspirated) version was considered the easier drive of the two standard variants, and some journalists recommended that the Opel/Vauxhall car was better value for money than the Lotus (such as Jeremy Clarkson in his DVD of 2003, Shoot Out).

Speedsters were displayed with the Daewoo badge, although only one was built to be used for marketing purposes.

In the end of 2002, following the termination of the license by General Motors for the Ecotec 2.2 NA Speedster and VX220 Engine models (and development of upcoming models of the Speedster and VX220 Turbo), 48 RHD 2.2 NA models have been refused by Daewoo in South Korea, Holden Australia and concessions of Opel Japan, and returned to Lotus, in Hethel.

Some of them have been converted in Turbo models and some were sold under the badge «Lotus VX220» with sometimes confidential commercial editions like the «Cup Edition» and «Le Mans Series». These editions contained a black leather interior, specific stickers and serial floor mats.

Production ended on 22 July 2005, after five years, with no direct successor. It was not until February 2007, when GM Europe adopted the Pontiac Solstice/Saturn Sky into the , that GM Europe had a replacement sector product, with no RHD version for the United Kingdom. The final production number of the Speedster was only 7,207.

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