IN­TE­RIOR

Performance Vauxhall - - TECH -

This is where iden­ti­fy­ing a gen­uine ST200 can be tricky due to trim not much be­ing dif­fer­ent from the stan­dard Vectra B SRi. Nev­er­the­less, you should keep ‘em peeled for ST200-spe­cific equip­ment. For ex­am­ple, SRi-spec seats were re­placed with be­spoke elec­tric front Re­caros and a match­ing rear bench. Some ST200s also fea­tured door cards trimmed to match the ‘90s-tas­tic Re­caro up­hol­stery. Sim­i­lar in de­sign to the seats found pop­u­lat­ing the cock­pit of a Vectra B GSi, ST200 bum-hug­gers fea­ture en­larged shoul­der sup­ports.

The steer­ing wheel, gear knob and dash trim are car­bon-ef­fect, as is the com­mem­o­ra­tive plaque on the ash­tray dis­play­ing the car’s unique build num­ber. These ad­di­tions aside, it’s very much reg­u­lar SRi fayre in­side an ST200, which means elec­tric win­dows, multi-func­tion trip com­puter, air­con­di­tion­ing, a CD player and steer­ing wheel con­trols for the au­dio sys­tem. Nice.

Fit and fin­ish is of a high stan­dard. The dash is well laid out, al­though any­one fa­mil­iar with the in­te­rior of an Omega will feel hard done by thanks to the Vectra’s cabin con­trols feel­ing like a squished ver­sion of what’s found in­side the large barge. If you find time hasn’t been kind to the seats in the car you’re eval­u­at­ing, qual­ity re-trim­ming and re­pair at rea­son­able cost can be se­cured through au­to­mo­tive up­hol­stery spe­cial­ist, Awe­some ( awe­some.eu.com).

Check to make sure all crea­ture com­forts and warn­ing lights work, es­pe­cially the en­gine man­age­ment and ABS lights, which should il­lu­mi­nate on start-up be­fore ex­tin­guish­ing af­ter a cou­ple of sec­onds. Dash bulbs are prone to fail­ure over time, which is why so many own­ers opt to re­place stock cabin light­ing with LEDs.

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