VAUXHALL VX220 TURBO
ISSUE 054, APRIL 2003
The ‘VXT’ combined the deft agility of a mid-engined sports car with the wallop of nearly 200bhp. Here’s what Richard Meaden thought ‘The VX220 now has the potential to provide as much stimulation between the corners as it does through them, hitting 60mph in 4.7sec, 100mph in 12sec and a top speed of more than 150mph.
‘On the road the nimble VX220 Turbo is in its element, slicing through corners like a surgeon’s scalpel. The unassisted steering is perfectly weighted, the gearshift pleasingly notchy and mechanical. The front-end generates enormous amounts of grip, which fills you with confidence to attack every turn. The tail matches it for adhesive quality, and the balance feels wonderfully neutral and adjustable.
‘Precision is the keyword here, for you drive this car in a heightened state of awareness, interpreting the constant stream of information from the steering through your fingertips as though the car is feeding you Braille pace notes.’