The Vauxhall VX220 was an exceptional mid-engined, targa-topped, two-seater released in early 2001. It was manufactured by GM and the left-hand-drive Opel Speedster at the Lotus Cars, Hethel, Norfolk plant in England besides the Lotus Elise S2. The VX220 was derived from the Elise frame, modified to accommodate a GM engine instead of the K-series Rover engine utilized by the Elise. It had the inner product id Lotus 116 along with the code name Lotus Skipton.
The standard version employed the 2.2-litre Ecotec L61 engine in an 870-kg car, putting out 147 hp (110 kW). In 2003, a turbocharged variant was released with the 2.0-litre Ecotec LSJ motor, producing 200 hp (149 kW). The VXR220, a track-focused version of the turbo took power output to 220 hp (164 kW), plus it was equipped with 16-inch (406 mm) front wheels allowing the mounting of special sports tyres for further road grip.
Criticized as a great driver's car, the consistently aspirated rendition was considered the superior of the two standard variants. A few critics called it even better value for money than the Lotus. Manufacturing ended in 2005.
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