The Opel Vectra is large and spacious family car that was manufactured from 1988 to 2008. This vehicle was first introduced in October of 1988, replacing the Opel Ascona. The original first generation Vectra A model was a saloon hatchback designed by Wayne Cherry, who was the Opel chief of design at the time. In 1989, just one year after its initial launch, the Vectra was available in a multitude of trims, including the base model, the LS, GLS, CD, and GT.
The engines that were used in the Opel Vectras over the years changed drastically from decade to decade and started with a 75 PS 1.4 liter. The Family II model had a 130 PS 2.0 liter engine and the base model was soon replaced with a 1.6 liter engine with the same output. The GT model of this vehicle has a 16-dalve 2.0 liter engine, which was by far the most powerful at the time. In the more recent Vectra models, there was a 2.5 liter 170 PS V6 engine which changed its image from a casual highway cruiser to a more sporty vehicle.
Those who wanted to purchase the Opel Vectra had two different options when it came to the diesel engines that this car used, including an Isuzu 1.7 liter 4EE1 inline-four unit which came in turbocharged and aspirated versions. The turbocharged version of the Vectra’s engine was capable of 82 PS along with the 1.7 “low blow” turbodiesel unit which delivered a maximum of 68 PS. The engines in this vehicle are known for their longevity and can last a very long time if properly maintained over the years. The Vectra underwent a fairly large overhaul in 1992 with a variety of changes, including new front grilles as well as a black plastic strip just above the rear tail lights.
The 1992 Vectra also had an upgraded and enhanced structure to lessen damage and injury upon impact. Airbags became a standard feature in this car starting in 1993. This vehicle was introduced to different parts of the world at different times, including Brazil which didn’t see the Vectra A until 1993 along with New Zealand where the Vectra A was marketed as an Opel. The Vectra B, which is the second model of this vehicle, was introduced back in 1995 which is when an estate version became available to the public for the first time.
The Vectra B effectively replaced the Vauxhall Cavalier in the UK and engines started in the 75 PS 1.6 liter range, but at a certain point all of the 8-valve engines were replaced in favor of 16-valve ones. The Vectra Family II has a powerful 2.0 liter 136 PS engine, as it was initially designed for touring car racing, though the top of the line model had in it a 2.5 liter V6 with 170 PS. The Isuzu diesel engine was a 1.7 liter with 82 PS along with the 2.0 liter Ecotec with 82 PS.
At the end of 2005, the Vectra underwent many changes and improvements yet again, but their engines remained more or less the same. One of the differences in this model’s engines is that the 3.0 diesel was increased to 137 kW and the petrol 3.2 liter V6 was replaced by an extremely powerful turbocharged 2.8 liter High Feature V6 engine. In the past the Vectra has been used as a silhouette racing car as well as a stock car in Brazil. The Opel Vectra may no longer be in production, but it will still go down in history as being a very fast, powerful, and reliable vehicle overall.