So a little bit of fun here – we thought we’d pitch Vauxhall’s hottest Adam road car against its new R2 rally car. OK, so the hottest road car isn’t that hot – the S has a 1.4-litre 148bhp turbocharged four cylinder that drives the front wheels through a six speed manual gearbox. It’s a lukewarm hatch, basically.
The rally car, as you would expect, is more trick. It’s built in Germany by Opel Motorsport and complies with the FIA’s R2 regulations. It has a 1.6-litre naturally aspirated Ecotec four cylinder that’s been tuned to develop 187bhp and features a carbon airbox, bespoke Bosch ECU, revised cooling etc. Then there’s the five-speed Sadev sequential gearbox, three-way adjustable Reiger dampers, hydraulic handbrake, limited slip differential, AP Racing brakes, Sparco competition seats and a host of other trick bits and bobs that are designed to make this thing as fast through a rally stage (either tarmac or gravel) as possible.
Photography: Simon Thompson