Top Gear - 2007 Opel GT (Saturn Sky Red Line)

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  1. TriShield

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    Posted by Paul Horrell at 12:20PM on Thursday 01 February, 2007

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    It's a long time since I've been so surprised by a car.

    The pre-scripted version of the Opel GT was this: a roadster designed to be a Vauxhall show-car in 2003, repurposed to be a Saturn in America, then exported as an Opel to Europe in 2007.

    Has 265bhp turbo engine, is good-looking inside and out, costs little more than an MX-5, is spectacular value. But isn't available in RHD, so won't go on sale here, and will never wear the Vauxhall badge it was drawn for. Boo hoo, we wuz robbed, end of story.

    Except no. We wuz not robbed. Britain will rub along very nicely without the Opel GT. It's a car that plucks defeat from the very jaws of victory.

    It's not bad to drive, mind. The engine is related to the VXR Astra's but gets high-tech direct injection, kicking it up to 265bhp. That's 0-62mph in 5.7 and a wall of overtaking torque. There's a bit of roughness here and there, but this is a hearty enough powerplant.

    The GT grips and grips too, and the steering's OK with reservations. It's an effective muncher of corners, but you never quite get intimate with it.

    So it's an easy drive, and a fast cruiser rather than a hectic little tearaway. The ride's comfy, too.

    But if it's going to be a cruiser, it ought to be able take baggage and act practical. It fails miserably. The roof is ridiculously noisy when it's up, and is a colossal pain to fold away.

    You have to stop the car, empty the boot almost entirely, then wrestle to fold a canvas structure that's as intractable as the Millennium Dome. Then leave your stuff at the roadside.

    Have these guys never seen an MX-5? A Mazda's roof folds in five seconds from the driver's seat and doesn't touch the boot.

    Badged as the Saturn Sky, this car is selling well in the States. People must be using it as third car. A fun car. But in a European context, it's simply not enough fun to justify the aggro of living with it. Don't replace your VX220.

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    Same complaints as before about the practicality of it. They should all be addressed in the next version, in 2 or 3 years. It's a good start at any rate and they sell well. The Brits naturally have a distaste for anything not British and even not European to a degree.
     
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    fuckin love the skyy redline

    skyy > solstice.
     
  4. Bloody Sunday

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    so, is it RWD?
     
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    im gonna get one
     
  6. TriShield

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    Well at least he likes this upcoming Saturn.

    Posted by Paul Horrell at 10:50AM on Wednesday 31 January, 2007

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    If you liked driving, Vauxhalls used to be hopeless. The Astra changed all that. The Corsa followed - no supermini is much more fun.

    Now the Astra has got a micro-facelift and more importantly a new engine, and listen up because it's the same one as is going into the upcoming Corsa VXR.

    It's a 1.6 four-valve with turbo. In the Astra it makes 180bhp (it'll be 10 more, with a fruitier-sounding exhaust, in the Corsa). It does the work, easily, of a 2.0-litre. You get serious torque from about 2000rpm upwards, and a five-second overboost means you get an extra kick without actually driving the engines' innards into meltdown.

    Turbo lag isn't entirely absent and the high-rev soundtrack is a bit buzzy, but the Corsa's exhaust should drown the buzz in a better noise.

    Anyway, with all that torque you can just sit there in a high gear - there are six - and surf along. Overtaking is a cinch. The Astra's steering and handling are as good as ever.

    In as Astra, it's a useful, good-value upper-mid-range engine. In the little Corsa, it should be a hoot.

    In the picture is another new Astra addition - the panoramic roof. It's an odd but not-at-all-disagreeable sensation having so much exposed above your head, and it's very different from being in a convertible because there's no upper rail to the windscreen.

    You actually feel a bit vulnerable at first but you get used to it. And if you're driving into the sun you just slide forward a blind and there are your sunvisors as normal.

    Oh, I just realised the 1.6 Turbo engine made its debut in the Meriva VXR. Which just goes to show there are still some hopeless Vauxhalls out there.
     
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  8. pixel804

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    they should make a fixed roof version that'd be hot
     
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    nice. i like
     
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    How much does it cost? :noes:
     
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  12. AaronOC

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    the vx220>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>the sky in every way
     

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