Thursday, June 16, 2011
Hot News: Opel/Vauxhall Calibra Reborn
The Calibra is back. The famous badge is set to be dusted off for a pair of stylish new models in 2013: a coupé and a cabriolet. This glamorous duo is being tasked with pushing the brand upmarket – and it’s just the beginning of a stunning product avalanche from the Luton firm.
Both cars will be based on a stretched version of the Astra’s platform. This means plenty of room for four, despite the coupé’s swooping roofline and the need for space to stow the fabric hood on the convertible.
Our exclusive illustrations show how the stunning fixed- roof model will look, while the first sketch of the convertible has been released by Vauxhall bosses in the same week that our spies spotted a prototype testing in Germany.
The tin-top Calibra will take on premium coupés such as the VW Scirocco and Audi TT, with the emphasis on luxury, space and sporty handling. As a result, it’s expected to start from around £22,000.
Prices for the cabrio will be similar. It’s effectively a more upmarket replacement for the Astra TwinTop, but with a fabric hood. This is lighter and less expensive to produce than the TwinTop’s metal folding roof, and doesn’t compromise the styling.
The Calibra provides a taste of the exciting new products Vauxhall is planning over the next two years. We were given an exclusive look at the brand’s top-secret new wave of models by styling chief Mark Adams – the man who has masterminded the bold new design language.
The first to hit dealers will be the sensational Astra GTC three-door. Order books open this week, with prices starting from £18,495, for delivery in September. It will be followed at the end of the year by the Zafira Tourer – a much more stylish and upmarket version of the current people carrier. For more details click here.
Thanks to: Auto Express