The calibra remains one of the world’s most influential cars in the exciting field of aerodynamics. In fact, when the sensational coupe was launched in the summer of 1989, it was the most aerodynamic production car in the world, boasting a drag coefficient (cd) of just 0.26. To put that figure into perspective, engineers at ford could only manage to reduce drag to 0.35 when it came to streamlining the design of the Sierra. pah!
amazingly, despite the huge investment of time and money manufacturers chucked into the pursuit of low drag, the calibra remained the planet’s most aerodynamic production car for the next ten years. an astonishing achievement, and one which goes to show how significant the calibra is in Vauxhall’s portfolio of performance metal.
The ultimate incarnation of the model was the forcefed, four-wheel drive Turbo. Loaded with the legendary combination of Getrag f28 six-speed transmission and sixteen-valve, two-litre c20LeT engine, the allpawed Griffin performed favourably against ford’s escort rS cosworth in contemporary road tests. even so, the calibra Turbo hasn’t transcended the Vauxhall scene as successfully as it’s four-door stablemate, the cavalier Turbo. The good news is you should expect to pay at least half the asking price of the super saloon. The bad news is you’ll have to convince an enthusiastic owner to part with their pride and joy (calibra Turbo owners tend to be die-hard long-termers!). You might have more luck finding a less expensive calibra V6. The front-wheel drive, naturally aspirated sixshooter releases fewer ponies than the 204bhp Turbo, but offers high torque and the kind of sound only a V6 can deliver!
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