CAL­I­BRA TURBO

Performance Vauxhall - - 2019’S BEST BUYS -

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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