• 1.6-litre 16v ECOTEC-4 Turbo (1598cc)
  • Max. power: 180PS (132kW) at 5500rpm
  • Max. torque: 230Nm* (169 lb-ft) at 2200-5500rpm
  • Compression ratio: 8.8:1
  • Bore/stroke: 79.0mm x 81.5mm
  • Air intercooler
  • Sodium-filled exhaust valves
  • Integrated oil/water heat exchanger
  • Low-friction valvetrain

* Increased to 260Nm for 5 seconds with turbo over-boost

The development of this top-of-the-line engine aimed at and achieved impressive power and torque figures of 82.5kW/l and 143Nm/l. The new engine is based on the main geometries of the 1.6l Twinport and the new 1.8l D-CVCP. It was developed together with the 1.8l engine to meet the durability requirements of both. The weight- and load-optimised hollow-frame block concept achieves a weight-to-power ratio of 0.989kg/kW, placing it in the top segment of charged production engines.

Due to increased load the crankshaft, conrods, conrod bearings and the exhaust gas valve seats were reinforced. The seats are made of a high-temperature, wear-resistant cobalt-molybdenum chrome alloy. The valves themselves have a sodium-filled stem. The concept includes, in addition to port fuel injection and a fixed valvetrain, provisions for the use of alternate fuels in the newly developed intake manifold. A three-way exhaust after-treatment system uses a close-coupled catalytic pre-converter and an additional underfloor catalytic converter, upgradable by changing the precious metal load.

The latest generation exhaust gas turbocharger was chosen over the mechanical variety to maintain efficiency and torque in the mid-speed range. A quick step on the accelerator pedal prompts the overboost function to provide 16% more torque for a couple of seconds.

With outstanding elasticity and spontaneous response the new 1.6l Turbo spark-ignition engine sets a benchmark for performance and efficiency.


mpg (litres/100km)

  • Urban: 27.2 (10.4)
  • Extra-urban: 44.8 (6.3)
  • Combined: 36.2 (7.8)
  • CO2 emissions: 187g/km


  • 0-60mph in 7.9 seconds
  • Top speed: 137mph
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Six-speed manual gearbox


  • Lowered and uprated VXR sports suspension
  • Electronic Stability Programme(ESP) including traction control
  • Front: independent Macpherson struts with coil springs and gas-pressure dampers, anti-roll bar
  • Rear: Torsion tube with compound links - progressive-rate double conical mini-block springs and gas-pressure dampers
  • Front ventilated disc brakes - 308mm diameter
    Rear disc brakes - 264mm diameter
  • Front and rear brake callipers in blue


  • 17-inch six-spoke alloy wheels with 205/45 R17 ultra-low profile tyres
  • Car supplied with emergency tyre inflation kit in lieu of spare wheel