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Opel Vectra OPC

2005 Opel Vectra OPC

2005 Opel Vectra OPC

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Before the sporty version of Opel’s Astra and Zafira arrives on the market, Opel will present a third OPC ( Opel Performance Center ) version at the Frankfurt show. The Vectra OPC has a 2.8-liter V-6 turbo engine with 255 hp — the same engine that will also be used in the Opel Signum and Saab 9-3 Aero. In those models the V-6 will put out 250 and 230 hp respectively. The Vectra OPC, peak torque will be 262 lb-ft, enough to propel the car from to 60 mph in less than seven seconds. Contrary to unspoken arrangements among the German car manufacturers the Vectra OPC will exceed the 155-mph limit to reach a top speed of 161.5 mph.

 

A six-speed stick shift comes standard, as well a performance brake system with exclusive OPC blue calipers and exclusive 18-inch alloy wheels. To match the power of the V-6, also the chassis has been retuned and the Vectra OPC is GM’s first production car with the second-generation IDSPlus chassis control with CDC, Continuous Damping Control.

 

The OPC’s looks have been tweaked too, with a black mesh grille and trapezoidal exhaust pipes. Inside there are leather/cloth Recaro seats and different pedals and a leather steering wheel.

2005 Peugeot 407 Coupe

2005 Peugeot 407 Coupe

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Peugeot 407 Coupe

 

Peugeot had already released pictures of the 407 Coupe, but the car will make its debut in Frankfurt . Nothing has really changed compared to the Prologue concept car that bowed in Geneva in March. The two-door model of the highly popular 407 will arrive by the end of the year on the European markets. The Coupe was designed in-house, contrary to its predecessor, the 406, which came from Pininfarina. The Coupe seats four, with individual seats in back rather than a bench.


 
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