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Calibra A Coupe 1989 - 1997

The Vauxhall Calibra, was also known as the Opel Calibra in Europe, the Chevrolet Calibra in South America and the Holden Calibra in Australia and New Zealand. The Calibra is based on the running gear of the Vauxhall Cavalier Mk3 (Opel Vectra A), which was launched in 1988. Calibra production was based in the Opel factory in Ruesselheim, Germany and the Valmet Automotive factory in Unsikaupunki in Finland where production was consolidated in November 1995. The Vauxhall Calibra won Autocar and Motor Design of the Year Award in 1989. The Vauxhall Calibra was styled by the head of Vauxhall/Opel Design Europe, Wayne Cherry who was previously head of the Vauxhall Design Team at Luton. Ride and handling of the Calibra are very similar to the Cavalier Mk3 on which it is based. The car was launched in 1989, and was the most aerodynamic production car in the world and this was mentioned in the launch advert in 1990. The eight valve model was, however, the most aerodynamically efficient, with a drag coefficient (Cd) of 0.26. And it remained the most aerodynamic mass production car for the next 10 years, all later 16V, V6, 4x4, turbo models had a worse Cd of 0.29 which was caused by changes in cooling system, under body, use of spoked wheels and glass detail. The car was face-lifted in 1994 and production ceased in 1997. The last Calibra Turbos were produced in early 1997 before a final run of Calibra Turbo Limited Editions were rolled out. These were all finished in jet black paintwork with Irmscher spoiler, BBS RX 16" alloys and colour coded body fittings. This final incarnation was also lowered by 35mm on Irmscher springs and dampers. The interior was heated cream leather, with a steering wheel trimmed in grey leather and a plaque showing the build number mounted on the centre console. A conversation with an ex-Vauxhall Dealer employee has unearthed a story about the final run out model the SE9. The Calibra were made at a Saab factory in Unsikaupunki in Finland. Due to the size of the site stock checks of cars were carried out from the air and a stock check of cars on the site near the end of Calibra production found a number of Calibra 2.5 V6’s on site that Vauxhall/Opel were not aware of. These were badged up as the final run out SE9. Quite how you can miss this about of cars at site we are not quite sure. Also we are unable to verify how accurate this story is. Models: 2.0 8v 2.0 16v 2.0 16v 4x4 2.0 Turbo 4x4 2.0 Turbo DTM 2.5 V6 2.0 8v SE1 2.0 16v SE2 2.0 8v SE3 2.0 8v SE4 2.0 8v SE5 2.0 8v SE6 2.0 16v SE7 2.0 16v SE8 2.5 V6 SE9 2.5 V6 DTM Tickford Calibra
Early Prototype of the Calibra.
The Calibra 2.0 16v and the Calibra 2.0 16v 4x4.
The Calibra V6.
The Calibra SE’s
The Calibra DTM and Calibra Turbo Limited Edition.
The Calibra 2.0i 8v and a shot of the Calibra Interior.
The Calibra Turbo 4x4.
The Calibra in wind tunnel testing. The drag coefficient (Cd) of 0.26.
The Tickford Calibra
The Calibra in Wind Tunnel testing.
Calibra in design.
Interior of the Calibra Turbo 4x4.
Interior of the CalibraV6/Turbo 4x4 the light leather option and the dash of the V6.
The Calibra Turbo 4x4 Engine.
Launch Date: August 1988 (Press Release) - Frankfurt Motor Show September 1989. On Sale from: May 1990. Production Location: Russelsheim Germany (Vauxhall-Opel-Holden-Cheorlet) till 1997 Valmet Automotive, Uusikapunkli, Finland (Vauxhall-Opel) 1991-1997 Platform: GM2900 Internal Code: P-2670 Total Production: 238,164 Total to UK: 40,460 Head of Design: Wayne Cherry - Exterior Studio 3 Erhard Schnell Head of Engineering: Peter Hanenberger Head of Chassis Design: Will Finhaber Head of Engine Design: Dr Fritz Indra