Opel Vectra

At this moment, Opel Vectra is the top seller of its class in Europe, just like its predecessor back in several years ago.  

I always don't understand how it can has such achievement. In terms of handling, ride, styling and build quality, it is completely inferior to both Peugeot 406 and Ford Mondeo. In terms of space and comforts, it levels with the revised Mondeo but still cannot touch 406. The only aspect that Vectra won is engine - especially the 2.0 Ecotec unit is smoother and more eager than its rivals.  

According to our own rating system, 406 and Mondeo are in the class of their own, Vectra can barely belongs to the "second division" accompany with Nissan Primera, Renault Laguna and Citroen Xantia. However, GME won't care a little bit with our rating, they only care about the customers. Perhaps because of other supporting factors like servicing, equipment / price combination or dealers network, Vectra is by all means a sales winner. 

The above report was last updated in 1998. All Rights Reserved.

Vectra GSi and Super Touring

Vauxhall's motorsport department (MSD) produced a high performance version of Vectra called Vectra Super Touring. 2.5 V6 tuned to output 195hp and 184lbft, accompany with racing-style spoilers, stiffened suspensions, AP racing brakes and grippy tyres.  

But the Super Touring is very limited in production. Therefore, Vauxhall also markets a production version, Vectra GSi. It gets the same treatment, except that the aggressive spoilers and racing brakes were discarded. When compare face to face with the class-leading Mondeo ST24, Autocar found the Vectra has even better handling, better body control, crisper chassis response, better grip while sacrifice little riding comfort.  

Amazingly, the British-tuned GSi completely refresh our memory of its boring German-developed origin. We cannot understand how the German made the highly-specified suspensions so incapable, nor we understand how the British managed to reverse this. This may be GM's response against Ford Contour SVT.  

After all, the Vauxhall just produces 1,000 GSi annually, and worse of all, it is for sold exclusively in UK under Vauxhall's brand. The rest of the world can only hope Opel to apply the same treatment in the future. 

The above report was last updated in 1998. All Rights Reserved.


Vectra 2.0SRi
Vauxhall Vectra GSi
Front-engined, Fwd
Front-engined, Fwd.
L / W / H / WB: 4495 / 1707 / 1425 / 2637 mm
Inline-4, dohc, 4v/cyl.
V6, dohc, 4v/cyl.
1998 c.c.
2498 c.c.
136 hp
195 hp
139 lbft
193 lbft
F: strut / R: multi-link
195/65 R15
1380 kg
1431 kg
Top speed
129 mph*
142 mph*
0-60 mph
8.7 sec*
7.6 sec*
0-100 mph
25.0 sec*
20.0 sec*
* Tested by Autocar

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