VAUX­HALL VX220 TURBO

IS­SUE 054, APRIL 2003

Evo - - THE KNOWLEDGE -

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.’

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