Vauxhall Adam S to debut in Paris

Range-topping Adam S model gets 148bhp petrol engine

The sporty Vauxhall Adam S previewed at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year will make its debut as a production model at the Paris Motor Show next month.

The car uses a special new version of Vauxhall’s 1.4-litre turbocharged ECOTEC petrol engine that produces 148bhp for a 0-62mph time of 8.5 seconds and a top speed of 124mph.

Engineers at Vauxhall have worked to make the engine light and this, combined with start/stop technology that automatically turns off the engine when the car is stationary, means the car achieved official economy figures of 44.1mpg and CO2 emissions of 149g/km. This puts the car in tax band F for an annual bill of £145.

The car’s chassis and steering have been tweaked for better performance, while large brakes have been custom-made to fit with the 17-inch or optional 18-inch alloy wheels.

The bodywork of the Adam S is more muscular than the standard version thanks to a front spoiler, bulked-up side sills and a sculpted rear bumper with a prominent exhaust pipe. A rear spoiler sits above the rear window and tinted LED tail lights.

Vauxhall will offer ten body paint choices and four roof colours - if you don't want a contrasting roof you'll be restricted to one of the roof colours for the whole car. The ‘Red’n’Roll’ scheme shown in the pictures above will be an exclusive design for Adam S customers.

Inside the car, electronic climate control and Vauxhall’s IntelliLink infotainment system will come as standard, providing USB and Bluetooth connectivity, audio streaming, seven speakers and a 7-inch high-definition colour touchscreen. Buyers will also be able to choose Recaro sports seats in ‘Morrocana’ or nappa leather.

Orders for the Adam S will be taken in January 2015. Prices have yet to be announced but the range-topping car is destined to cost more than £16,000 when it goes on sale.

To read reviews of cars in the current Vauxhall range, including the Adam, head over to Carbuyer's Vauxhall page.

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