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Opel Speedster / Vauxhall VX220

October 9th, 2009 by Rolph · 4 Comments

The Opel Speedster is a nice car, albeit still an Opel. They are nice to drive, affordable, and not half bad looking once you get used to the boxy back. These cars aren’t that difficult to find for a spot, and basically I have never bothered. Let’s face it, at the end of the day it is still an Opel, isn’t it? In the UK, all Opels drive around with the steering wheel on the other side of the car, and they have fitted a badge which says ‘Vauxhall’ instead of Opel. Still, nothing really exciting…

Why oh why then a post about this car? Well, this car was parked here in Dordrecht, which is a city in the Netherlands. Therefore, it should have Opel badges. Surely, you say, somebody struck a deal and imported a Vauxhall from the UK. Fair enough, but this is a left-hand drive car… Granted, no hot car news or a stop-the-presses scoop, but the car intriged me and that is basically what car spotting is all about. So, pictures!

Well spotted, a new image gallery due to some upgrades in WordPress. I am not too sure if it’s an improvement but what are you gonna do?!

The Speedster/VX220 is internally basically a Lotus. It is built in the Lotus factory in Hethel in the UK, shares the chassis with the Elise and has an internal product code ‘Lotus 116’. With its low weight, mid-mounted engine, high torsional rigidity, and ample horsepower, the car is extremely quick and agile. Maybe the Vauxhall/Opel badge won’t turn many heads, many motoring journalists claim that the Speedster/VX220 is better than he close cousin the Elise.

Let’s embed some old Top Gear material on the Elise-Speedster-VX220, if Google Video will let me…

I have driven none of the mentioned cars, and would love to hear some comments on the Elise versus Speedster. Anybody?

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Tags: Cabriolet/Convertible · Nice cars · Opel

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jan // Oct 15, 2009 at 11:54

    RHD Vauxhall’s are sold in Ireland as Opel, so similarly, you might find some countries where they sell the Opel as Vauxhall.

    I knew it was a Lotus underneath, but still it leaves me cold.

  • 2 Used cars Dublin // May 3, 2010 at 13:31

    I always like Opel cars. Thanks for useful information sharing here in this post..

  • 3 Jan // May 24, 2010 at 11:29

    Question, does the RDW list it as Vauxhall? Maybe somebody just swapped badges.

  • 4 Rolph // May 28, 2010 at 19:54

    I can’t find the original pictures anymore, oddly enough. So I can’t double-check, but I recall that the RDW site did not call it an Opel.

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