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Performance Vauxhall June 2018

Britain’s one and only Vauxhall-dedicated performance car magazine is the enthusiast’s Bible, featuring the best modified Vauxhalls around, expert technical advice, step-by-step DIY guides and the last word in tuning and styling.

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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Kelsey Publishing Group
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back to the future

We were incredibly excited to hear Vauxhall’s announcement presenting the all-new Insignia GSi as the quickest Griffin to ever lap the Nürburgring. Admittedly, we were unsure what relaunching a badge that’s laid dormant for twelve years would mean for the much-loved VXR range of Vauxhalls, but we didn’t let these thoughts prevent us from visiting Bruntingthorpe proving ground, where Vauxhall/Opel head of performance cars and motorsport, Volker Strycek, was waiting to hand us the four-pawed GSi’s keys. As excited as we were to experience a first drive of the car, we wasted no time in asking the ex-DTM Calibra pilot what the future holds for VXR. Find out what he told us by flicking to page 44. In recognition of GSi’s return, we’ve dedicated much of this issue to fantastic examples…

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pump up the volume

Extraordinarily popular throughout its entire seven-year production run, there was a time – and not too long ago – when you couldn’t slide past a supermarket car park without spotting a Vectra B. Be it saloon, hatchback or estate, the second-gen Vectra (the first was an Opel re-badged for the UK and marketed as the Mk3 Cavalier) was crazy common. Two rustifying, crustifying decades later, however, most have been despatched to the great scrapyard in the sky. That’s distressing news, especially when you consider the fact that the 2.5-litre and 2.6-litre GSi-badged Bs made even the hottish SRi feel dowdy. Think specially-tuned V6 engines, attention-grabbing alloys, barking exhausts and distinctive front bumpers with instantly recognisable gills. Vauxhall released less than 4,000 of these runout racers into the wild (and only 500…

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corsa gsi back after 25-year hiatus

After quarter-century away from dealer showrooms, the Corsa GSi makes a welcome return later this year, reinforcing the manufacturer’s “performance through dynamics” theme used to great effect by the recently launched Insignia GSi (see page 44). Taking the key chassis and design elements from the Corsa E VXR, Vauxhall claims it has created a more agile and purposeful driver’s car with the added bonus of the same cabin space and efficiency of the regular Corsa. The new GSi retains a three-door body with a raft of exterior design cues to set it apart from the standard model. Large air intakes and a honeycomb grille dominate the car’s front end, while deep sill extensions and carbon trim adorn its flanks. At the back, a chunky spoiler not only defines the GSi from…

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news shorts

GET A LIFE Vauxhall has launched a new vehicle accessory in the form of Life HaX, a modern take on the traditional penknife. The weirdly-styled tool features a laser to illuminate the darker areas of your Griffin’s engine bay, a Lego un-picker to help when dealing with your kid’s stuck bricks, wide-angle and macro smartphone lens attachments, a backup power bank for mobile devices, a SIM card removal pin, a torch, a tablet stylus, a screwdriver and a knot un-picker. Visit vauxhall.co.uk/lifehax to place an order. GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN With great sadness, we learned of the passing of Dave Waddington, chairman of VBOA-approved, rear-wheel drive Vauxhall and Opel owners club, Autobahnstormers. A passionate Lotus Carlton enthusiast, Dave’s love of old-school Vauxhalls was reflected by the high number of Hethel-tuned Carltons (plus Monzas,…

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gear

PMR AIR FILTER FOR INSIGNIA GSi The air filtration experts at ITG have joined forces with Vauxhall-supported BTCC team, Power Maxed Racing, to produce a performance air filter for the new Insignia GSi. Offering a thirty percent increase in surface area when compared to the standard GSi intake component, this specially-branded PMR by ITG air filter is a direct ‘plug and play’ replacement for the standard part, offering maximum performance at low cost for the super-sporty Insignia (the quickest Vauxhall to lap the Nürburgring). GSi owners can order direct from Power Maxed Racing by using the contact details listed below. PRICE £66 CONTACT si@powermaxedracing.com or call 01789 330727 MISHIMOTO OIL COOLERS Proper oil temperature regulation is key to extending and preserving the life of your car’s stock or high performance engine. American cooling equipment manufacturer,…

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classic car & restoration show report

The National Exhibition Centre’s Classic Car & Restoration Show may be preceded by the annual Classic Motor Show held at the same location, but for fans of restoration, modification and live demonstrations showcasing cars being returned to their former glory, the later event is the one to attend. Of course, you’ll find beautifully presented and vigorously polished vintage vehicles at both automotive extravaganzas, but the Classic Car & Restoration Show gives DIYers and owners of tired four-wheelers the opportunity to spend time asking experts for advice. Among those dishing out their pearls of wisdom at this year’s bash (held at the end of March) was a selection of presenters from popular restoration-themed television shows, including Car SOS and Wheeler Dealers. Arguably more of an attraction was the presence of various barn…

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