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#161946 - 12th Jul 2007 1:09am New Calibra
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Calling all Calibra fans. Vauxhall’s legendary coupé is back! When it first arrived in 1990, the original Calibra was the world’s most aerodynamic production coupé – and these pictures show how an equally slippery modern-day version is set to take the nation by storm!

The family car is set to take such a significant step forward that it will get an all-new name. Insignia is a contender, but several other potential tags are still in the running


The sloping roofline is the new model’s most striking feature. So important is the rakish shape that, when viewed from the side, it is clear that Vauxhall is aiming to create a car that will slice through the air – just like the original Calibra.

Taking much of its design from Vauxhall’s GTC Concept – produced to highlight the sweeping lines that would form the next-generation Vectra – the new Calibra aims to prove just how sporty the family-
car-sized coupé could look. When revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March – as seen in Issue 951 – it was one of the stars of the event.

Our pictures reveal how easily the concept’s shape could be converted for the showroom. The long front end and deep airdam give the 21st century car a look that’s just as distinctive as its top-selling predecessor.

And drivers shouldn’t have to wait too long. When the replacement for the Vectra goes on Sale in the UK late next summer, it will initially be available in four and five-door guises, and provide the perfect basis for the new coupé. Keen to stress that the new family car will be a genuinely desirable alternative to the likes of Ford’s new Mondeo, design quality has been a priority throughout development.

This styling will enable a coupé variant to be added easily, by simply fitting larger doors and without too many major structural alterations.

Beyond the estate variant, due in 2009, plans for the new family car range are still top-secret, but the success of the GTC Concept sent a clear message to Vauxhall bosses.

A spokesman for the firm told us: “The response to the GTC Concept at Geneva was incredibly positive and showed how well such a car could be received.” And he went on to explain where a coupé could lie in the firm’s plans. “As with all car man-ufacturers, we will always keep our options open and keep a close eye on what the market demands.” With the Monaro now replaced by the four-door VXR8, there is certainly a gap in the line-up for a coupé.

Bringing back the Calibra name would resurrect one of Vauxhall’s most popular Nineties badges – but it won’t sit in showrooms alongside a Vectra. The family car is set to take such a significant step forward that it will get an all-new name. Insignia is a contender, but several other potential tags are still in the running. Whatever it’s called, the new family car will have a range of engines perfectly suited to a Calibra.

With the emphasis on efficiency, petrol models will get three versions of the 1.6-litre turbo from the Corsa VXR, with a choice of 148bhp, 178bhp or 189bhp. Vauxhall’s variable-valve-timing 1.8-litre unit will also be available, as will the flagship 2.8-litre V6.

The diesel line-up will include a new entry-level engine along with
a high-performance twin-turbo unit. Green ecoFLEX variants will also feature to help Vauxhall’s coupé comply with future emissions regulations.

Adopting all of the technology destined for the Vectra replacement, the Calibra will have equipment that would put rivals from the class above to shame. With everything from automated self-drive systems to the latest Bluetooth connectivity, the coupé will be at home on both motorways and twisty country roads.

Inside, it will adopt the dashboard of its five-door sibling, while the cabin will feature a roomy 2+2 layout.

The GTC Concept revealed Vauxhall’s Flex4 arrangement, which allows the two chairs in the back to slide up to the front seats, maximising boot space. In the Calibra, this layout would provide valuable flexibility.

Fitting in with Vauxhall’s typical model life cycles, the hot all-wheel-drive VXR version of the Vectra replacement will go on sale in 2009. Only after that is the Calibra likely to surface – when it’s sure to become an instant favourite with Vauxhall fans.


whats everyones thoughts?
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#161948 - 12th Jul 2007 1:15am Re: New Calibra [Re: Waddi]
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I dunno, its okay, but its not really anything special design wise, it has lent far too much off other cars when it comes to design.

But, its the performance that matters at the end of the day, so we shall have to wait and see how it stacks up.

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#161949 - 12th Jul 2007 1:18am Re: New Calibra [Re: MattLFC]
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Im thinking Corsa VXR/350Z love child..

and arnt they the new civic exhausts.
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#161951 - 12th Jul 2007 1:30am Re: New Calibra [Re: Waddi]
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sorry...perfect example...whats happened to the vauxhall designers?? that is darn ugly..The calibra was immense...that is not....looks like a drunk man has looked at a 350z and drawn it....performance wise...itll probably have huge amounts of torquesteer..as usual...shudnt they have used a bigger engine as well?? thort th old one had like a v6 or something??
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#161967 - 12th Jul 2007 10:35am Re: New Calibra [Re: ]
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Bring on Top Gear wink

Ar'nt they the Honda Tail Pipes ?
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#161989 - 12th Jul 2007 12:57pm Re: New Calibra [Re: Mark]
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nay touche kind sir.......


"omg! its camper than a row of tents and a handbag full of rainbows put together!!!
its hideous!!!
Id rather walk than be seen dead even near one let alone confessing to having been in one!
(kinda guess id be seeking counselling if id admitted to owning one too!)
If you gave me one id sell it and buy a something else!
Youd have to have no respect for yourself as a car fan to buy that shed...in fact it would improve it by cuttin the roof off and painting it yellow!
have i made my point yet?"


I think youd agree with me here though....both cars are not the best..but for someone with small pockets..the fiat may be a good choice of car...for someone with deeper pockets..why would they buy that calibra...in my view...stick with the monaro...better performance..better looks..better car...that is a car vauxhall should be proud of...new one looks a bit garing though in my opinion...
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#162001 - 12th Jul 2007 2:37pm Re: New Calibra [Re: MGCraig]
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it looks too fat, needs to go on a diet.
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#162009 - 12th Jul 2007 3:56pm Re: New Calibra [Re: turbo_stu]
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TBH I quite like it considering its a Vauxhall. However, it does look like every other new coupe on the market but with "V" grille.

Didnt like the old one at all, it was bland inside and out, looked cheap and was a naff attempt at a sports coupe.

I just hope they have spent some time on the chassis, and interior so its not as bland as the last one whistle
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#162013 - 12th Jul 2007 4:01pm Re: New Calibra [Re: StuyMac]
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Its a NAIL

Bit like my car raftl
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#162193 - 15th Jul 2007 12:05am Re: New Calibra [Re: spinking]
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Dont like it, dont think it's necesary,why not just make a 3 litre monaro??

vauxhalls lineup has always confused me,i think they have too many cars,but then again,if i think about it,so do ford,and most of em are unnecesary.

What is the point of the agila and fusion respectively? if u want a car bigger than a corsa/fiesta get a focus/astra!
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#162212 - 15th Jul 2007 5:05am Re: New Calibra [Re: scoop]
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Businesses these days scoop, if it makes ye profit then there gona go ahead with it.
Its the product life cycle once the product has made its full life an dies off
meaning no money left to make from it then they bring a new product out
to make money out of that wink

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#162227 - 15th Jul 2007 12:44pm Re: New Calibra [Re: Pomp]
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my question is tho,does anyone own an agila or fusion?? u dont see many on the roads,so surely they cant be that profitable? and if they never existed people would just get the focus/astra/fiesta or corsa,whichever they need. I CAN see the point in a foci C max and the meriva.theyre great for my dad as he has a bad back and it was either MPV style car or 4x4 as he needed something u climb into and not fall into
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