Exclusive: Vauxhall chief wants Adam VXR

Vauxhall chief wants Adam VXR
Vauxhall UK chairman Duncan Aldred has exclusively told Autoblog he would like to see a VXR version of the Adam premium small hatchback.

Aldred, a huge VXR fan who famously had a Corsa VXR Nurburgring as a company car, told Autoblog the new Adam is the perfect model to be given the VXR treatment.

"The Adam VXR would be the right car for the brand," Aldred told us. "But it would not just wear the VXR badge - it needs to be the complete package with the right chassis and the right engine."

The Adam VXR would more than likely use the same engine which currently sits in the hardcore Corsa VXR Nurburgring (pictured below).

That car uses a turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine developing 202bhp. It can top 143mph and counts the Renaultsport Clio 200 Cup and Citroen DS3R as rivals.

Corsa VXR Nurburgring

The Adam is part of Vauxhall's push upmarket into premium sectors, even though the VXR badge is anything but posh. However, Aldred does not believe producing a premium car with a sporty badge would be a contradiction.

He said he sees the Adam VXR to be positioned to take on premium hot hatches like the Mini Cooper S and Abarth 500.

There's no confirmation that Vauxhall will definitely build the Adam VXR, but the signs are encouraging.