2003 Vauxhall VX220 Turbo

2003 Vauxhall VX220 Turbo

Vauxhall VX220 Turbo

What is already one of the most capable chassis on the road has had further development to harness the extra engine power over the 2.2 litre 16v. A quick glance at some vital statistics confirms why the new VX220 Turbo promises to be something special: engine power output of 200 hp; 0 to 60 mph in under 5 seconds; 0 to 100 mph in under 13 seconds; a power to weight ratio of 4.9 kg/hp; a top speed of 151 mph.


The heart, quite literally, of the VX220 Turbo is the familiar transverse two-litre, sixteen valve, turbocharged engine being used to good effect in the new Astra GSi. In the VX220 Turbo however, it is installed just in front of the rear axle. It is constructed of a cast iron block and aluminium head with twin overhead (DOHC) camshafts.

Maximum power from the turbo unit is 200 hp @ 5500 rpm, while engine torque is an impressive 250Nm from 1950 rpm all the way to 5500 rpm. Other differences between it and the normally aspirated 2.2 include the compression ratio (8.8:1 for the Turbo and 10:1 for the 2.2), and a reduced oil capacity, but increases in cooling capacity and battery power for the Turbo.


Only minor changes have been made to the capable chassis of the VX220, to accommodate the extra power of the turbo engine. The basic principles stay the same: a super rigid lightweight aluminium chassis, double wishbone suspension, high performance brakes with ABS and unique Bridgestone tyres.

Changes have been made to the spring and damper rates, which have been increased at the front and rear by 7% and 11% respectively to improve body control and high speed stability. The new tuning provides improved passenger isolation and comfort over road impacts.

Standard brakes remain at 288 mm diameter discs all round but with the Turbo there is the added option of lightweight ventilated and cross-drilled discs.

In Detail

engineWater Cooled, Cast Iron, Inline-4
positionMid Transverse
valvetrainDOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl
fuel feedSequential Multi Point Fuel Injection
displacement1998 cc / 121.9 in³
bore86 mm / 3.39 in
stroke86 mm / 3.39 in
power149.1 kw / 200 bhp @ 5500 rpm
specific output100.1 bhp per litre
bhp/weight215.05 bhp per tonne
torque250 nm / 1950-5500 rpm ft lbs
driven wheelsRWD
front brakesVented Discs w/ABS
f brake sizex 288 mm / x 11.3 in
rear brakesVented Discs w/ABS
r brake sizex 288 mm / x 11.3 in
front wheelsF 43.2 x 14.0 cm / 17 x 5.5 in
rear wheelsR 43.2 x 19.0 cm / 17 x 7.5 in
f suspensionDouble Wishbones w/Coil Over Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspensionDouble Wishbones w/Coil Over Dampers
curb weight930 kg / 2050 lbs
wheelbase2330 mm / 91.7 in
front track1450 mm / 57.1 in
rear track1488 mm / 58.6 in
length3786 mm / 149.1 in
width1708 mm / 67.2 in
height1117 mm / 44.0 in
transmission5-Speed Manual
gear ratios3.58:1, 2.02:1, 1.35:1, 0.98:1, 0.79:1, :1
final drive3.63:1
top speed~243.0 kph / 151.0 mph
0 – 100 mph~4.7 seconds