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This feisty little bugger is the new Vauxhall Adam ‘S’; the hardest and fastest version of Vauxhall’s Mini-baiting supermini you can buy.

The Adam S gets Vauxhall’s turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, here developing a shade under 150bhp and 162lb ft of torque.

It’s an engine derived from the Adam’s naturally aspirated 1.4-litre unit and has been specially developed for the S. Together with a six-speed gearbox driving those 17in (or optional 18in) front wheels, it results in a 0-62mph time of 8.5 seconds and top speed of… 124mph. Aww.

It gets things like a cast iron block with a hollow frame structure, hollow-cast cams and even a plastic intake manifold. Then there’s the VXR brakes, developed specially for this model, a ‘specially tuned performance chassis’ and ‘better’ steering. Apparently.

Cast your eyes around the outside, and it’s all mild sporting intent; the front lip spoiler, side sill mouldings and rear bumper have all been subjected to some light swelling, along with that roof spoiler and Adam S logos around the C pillars. Fighty.

There’s the usual array of connectivity with your smartphone inside, Recaro seats, and an optional leather pack that gives the detailing even more sporting intent.

No word on price, but the order books open next January. Like we say, a feisty little bugger, isn’t it?

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