The Calibra was welcomed by all when it debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Germany, in 1989. It was a clever piece of design too, as Vauxhall had simply based it on their Vectra/Cavalier sedan yet managed to create one of the most aerodynamic production cars in the world. The range-topper that came early in 1990 was the 122ci (2-liter) 16-valve 150bhp (112kW) model, which finally brought the former dull-driving model to life. With the Cavalier/Vectra having been successful with 4WD, the company decided to install it on the Calibra and to distance the car from the sedan, they added a turbo which pushed power beyond 200bhp (149kW). The chassis handled it well, and the grip from the 4WD system was incredible, though it would start to understeer on the limit. While other turbo 4WD rally refugees were faster, none could match the bargain price of the Calibra.
Vauxhall-Opel Calibra Turbo Specifications
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