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On its launch in 1989, the Vauxhall Calibra was the most aerodynamic production car in the world and it held the title for the next 10 years, until it was discontinued at the end of 1997. Its nearly 15 years since Vauxhall last produced a midrange coupe but now we have the news that all Vauxhall enthusiasts have been waiting for! A new Vauxhall Calibra coupe.
A document leaked by GM has confirmed the resurrection of a new coupe that will be based around the new Insignia. This means a new two door coupe model that will have features based on the Vauxhall GTC Concept which was first revealed at the Geneva motor show back in 2007. The Calibra is likely to be fitted with the same 2.8 litre turbocharged engine that previewed in the Vauxhall Insignia VXR, but we should expect more power than the 321bhp for the top of the range Calibra. Engineers are also looking at ways to improve the handling of the Calibra by trying to shorten the wheelbase and fitting top of the range models with a 4x4 wheel drive system.
We should expect excellent Performance figures of the new Calibra as we currently know the top of the range Insignia VXR will do 0-62mph in less than 6 secs and then go on to hit its limited 155mph top speed. For models further down the Calibra range should still expect decent performance but Vauxhall does plan to use smaller turbos. Production at the Russelsheim plant in Germany should start towards the back end of 2012 meaning sales should start in early 2013 where it will be available for lease from Lease Cars Direct.
This Vauxhall is not the only New car that is being readied for production, as Vauxhall are also on the verge of releasing details about their new Vauxhall Astra cabriolet. Early suggestions from the European boss Nick Reilly means the new GM car could be called the Vauxhall Astra Manta. The new cabriolet takes some of the same styling features as the Astra GTC such as the taillights and a gently sloping roof, but no news whether the cabriolet will get a folding hard top or a canvas soft-top yet. The new Astra convertible will have room for 4 adults comfortably and with the status of being the flagship car of the Astra line up the new Astra convertible will also have a sporty look to it. For a competitive quote on any Vauxhall vehicle visit Lease Cars Direct.