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01-29-2001, 04:34 PM
Do you guys think this should come to the States? I do! I think it's awesome: lightweight and all, kinda like a Lotus. Actually, very much like a Lotus.

05-23-2001, 05:45 AM
yep. I think it should. But it won't, sadly. the closest we'll come is when the American version of GT3 comes out; it's one of the playable vehicles.

05-23-2001, 11:33 AM
Yeah, looks like it'd be fun to drive, and it isn't that expensive either (if I recall correctly).

05-23-2001, 12:55 PM
Not really too crazy about it. But don't get me wrong, I wouldn't mind driving it.

08-05-2001, 03:31 PM
Looks like a Lotus..? Well, it is a slightly heavier and slightly torquier Lotus Elise

01-03-2002, 05:59 PM
I'm about to get my Speedster in 2 months....cant wait any longer!!! 8 mo. long wait it was!!! calypso red, no stinkin' leather and no stereo...pure, unadulterated driving machine!!! .........and, with some chip-tuning and ram-air induction will hit 166HP, enough for 0-60 in 5.4....and when you bum is just 12 inches from the tarmac....you know what I mean....
but this toy is not about speed...what about lateral G-force of 1.16 G?!?...for reference, the last 911 turbo stops at 1,11G...and 95K $$$ above!
I'll never forget my first test drive...man, I thought I was dreaming, slapping my grinning face just to make sure...:) I drove miatas, boxter, 911, ferrari 348....fugget 'em all....this IS the real driving experience, (with its twin Elise, but i dislike its toyish looks and flimsy 1.8 engine...) that matches go-kart capabilities and everyday (almost..:D) driving needs...

01-03-2002, 06:25 PM
Well, congratulations...

I'd be woried about Opel reliability, though... And forget about ram-air, it does nothing... Better get a cold air intake.

Is it really that much better than 348?

01-03-2002, 07:59 PM
did I say ram? my mistake, I meant cold air induction system, like this one (avail. for the Speedster in 2/3 months) http://www.tuningconcept.nl/eng-main.htm
even a simple panel KN replacement will do good anyway....the car has a pretty straightforward airbox, no curves or kinks.
reliability? 2 years warranty, plus one of the most advanced engine around, no maintenance ever required, other than fluids, filters and plugs!
348 had horrible gearshift and lousy steering feel, on top of a tricky stability...and talk about reliability!!! owner's nightmare! of course it is faster, but not even close to the fun you get into a speedy/elise...you just gotta try it to understand.....

01-04-2002, 02:09 AM
You're probably right, but you have to admit that Opel is pretty much at the bottom of the reliability chain. At least with their "normal" passenger cars. i really hope you have good luck with yours (actually, I'm even thinking about buying an old Kadett and turning it into a track only car).

Why do they only give you a 2-year warranty??? Most manufacturers over here give 3 years (Opel included). well, not that I have any money to buy cars anyway :) So I hope to see pictures of your car someday.


01-04-2002, 10:31 AM
Originally posted by ales
Well, congratulations...

I'd be woried about Opel reliability, though...

The only thing "Opel" about this car is the drivetrain. The L850 engine offered in the Speedster has been on sale in the States for a couple of years now and I haven't heard of any major problems with it.

01-04-2002, 02:54 PM
the cool thing of this new gen. ecotec engines is that they are virtually maintenance free!! no belts replacements, valve adj...only filters and fluids, with 4 plugs at 100.000km....all you do is change oil once per year, since the KN air filter will lasts virtually forever. (washable +20 times, once every 30/40K kilom.)
in all speedster/VX forums, so out of around 250 cars, no mech. failure reported, only few electr. blackouts and one fuel lines separation....
lotsa build-quality issues on the other hand, (mostly early cars...tx god!)... like fogging lights, bubbling paint inside the front units, defective paintjobs, rattles, bits and pieces falling off inside....guess that is the "exclusive' lotus heritage....

02-05-2002, 02:19 AM
So did you get the car?

02-10-2002, 03:43 PM
Originally posted by ales
I'd be woried about Opel reliability, though... And forget about ram-air, it does nothing... Better get a cold air intake.

The reliabity is just fine. Anyways, it is supposed to be shipped to the states, as for some years now GM has been trying to put together a feasable light sport car field, as they drop the F bodies. The new Pontiac Solstice coupe and roadster, powered by the venerable supercharged Buick 6 is their middle segment. The speedster is being debated over whether to introduce it as an Opel, or a Pontiac. Rumor is management wants it to be Pontiac, but are concerned about associating a light mid engined Pontiac with the ill fated Fiero.

02-10-2002, 03:53 PM
Originally posted by Cbass

The reliabity is just fine.

Well, and how would you know? (I'm not jumping on you or anything :)) Maybe the Speedster will be different, but so far the Opel reliability is ... well ... not to standarts. Maybe a bit better than Korean cars, buit not by much. This is what I've been concerned with.

05-01-2002, 12:14 PM
Does anyone know if the Ecotec engine in the Speedster is the same engine that is in the 2002 Chevy Cavalier Sport and the Pontiac Sunfire GT? They are both 2.2L ecotec engines and are in GM cars. Just wondering...

05-02-2002, 12:47 PM
Same ecotec, different chip though. I have some friends in europe who tell me the Opels reputation is entirely undeserved, and limit to a couple of models in recent history. I don't know which models though. The ecotec is supposed to be a strong, well developed engine, so I assume there should not be any reliability issues.

05-07-2002, 02:20 PM
did you get your speedster tet??????????

10-21-2002, 12:31 PM
FYI: GM's drag cavalier with a 2.0L version of the 2.2L EcoTec pulled 850HP with mostly stock parts, and turbo with intercooler.

The EcoTec was designed by Lotus, then used it in the Elise, then GM wanted it for the J-body cars, and Opel got it for the speedster. So don't worry about reliability, cause Opel designed the body, but not much else.

The reason for the car not being in the US yet involves emissions (to my knowledge). But really, if you throw in a j-body chip, you're all set. I'm going into the navy, so I may be stationed in Germany at one point or another. If I do, I'll buy a speedster, and bring it back to the states, even if I can only use it for racing. It's how the Elise started in the states, race only. The navy will transport one car for free if you get shipped overseas, so I plan on taking advantage of that.

For those that can wait for the speedster to be legal in the US, just get a Pontiac Fiero, like me. It's the predecessor to Saturns and the Speedster (and I guess the Elise). In fact I wouldn't be surprised if Pontiac uses the design for the speedster as a new Fiero.

The Pontiac Fiero was the first and only mid-engined car made by the US, or at least the first to be produced. The corvette had some mid-engine prototypes, and Cadillac has a V12 exotic car coming out in 2005 called the "cien" which is spanish for 100. The Fiero was the first car to ever use a spaceframe design with plastic body panels, which all Saturns have. And the 88 models (which is what I have) has a Lotus designed suspension system. Some say it's just a rumor, but it explains why the 88's are metric, and the 84-87's are standard.

I'm all for the speedster coming to the US. I just hope it goes under Pontiac's nameplate, and not Chevy's. Pontiac has a new GTO to replace the Firebird, and a new car called the Solstice; a two seater, with a roadster design (to compete with the Miata) and a coupe design that looks like a Datsun 240Z. Both are powered by a 240HP supercharged EcoTec, but both have the room for a smallblock V8. Power is delivered to the wheels with the same 6-speed as the Firebird, Camaro, and GTO.

All of this gets to my next point. The supercharger now available at goodwrench.com, will work on all EcoTec's. It will add about 40-50HP and about the same for the torque. With upgrades, it can certainly support more. GM is going to start a whole new performance part line for the EcoTec; pistons, connecting rods, cams, cranks, the roots-style supercharger, etc.

My guess is that GM didn't get the 4cylinder performance bug out of it's system when the Fiero was around. There was a 3.0L DOHC upgrade for the 4cyl, that made 500HP right out of the box, but with lots of $$$, more than 1000HP was within reach, but that high price is what killed it; $15,000 for a complete kit (current pricing at race-cars.com).

GM wants to prove it can beat out the import scene's 4cylinders before fuel-cell powered electric motors take over in 10 years. And I hope they do! The rice boy era will finally die out, and the mini-muscle cars will dominate (I guess mini-muscle is a good nickname, it's better than beef boy).

Post a reply, I like this topic very much. It's the only part of this site where people aren't ripping eachothers heads off.

01-29-2003, 09:46 AM
rstefdc, can you post some pics for us?

08-02-2003, 06:00 AM
Just saw a test of the Speedster Turbo on TV with 200HP and a curb weight of only 930kg's. Sounds like it would be funt to drive! I eally like the unique tire sizes too. Something like 175/55-17 up front and 225/45-17 in the rear.

08-09-2003, 10:34 PM
Hey guys...sorry to ask this question but do you think you can post some pic's of the Speedster...I've never seen one and am interested in what/how it looks...
Thanks in advance....

11-05-2003, 02:57 PM
this is the official opelsite (speedster galerie)


we have finished our fase4 (300+hp) speedster turbo and I will post the specs soon

greetz mando

01-20-2004, 11:31 AM
For your information it has the same chassis as the Elise and is built by Lotus.

The performance are similar but the engine is better. You also have brake assistance and ABS which makes the driving a little bit easyer.

It definately should come to the US. I have one, the driving is amazing.

You can have mine for 22000 euro (27500$ excluding import taxes and shipping, new price was 35000 euro), ferbuary 2003, 15000 km, metallic grey, 2.2l 147 bhp (hardtop, softtop and leather, basically all options) as good as new, extraordinar car (0-62 miles/hour in 5.9 sec, and oh my god in the curves only pleasure) but very unpractical , is more like a second car.

Also, notice that if money is not a problem for you, you better look for a 2.0l turbo with 200 bhp, 0-62 miles/hour in just 4.9 sec

08-31-2005, 12:28 AM
dear friends. i resently purchesed a 2002 opel speedster in germany. does anyone know how much it will const me to get it through customes, up to california emissions standards and out long beach harbor?

05-02-2007, 04:33 AM
Hi guys, I was wondering if anyone has had their Speedster out on the track, I'm thinking of buying one (VX220 Turbo/VXR220 UK spec) and am comparing it with Lotus Exige, Nissan 350Z, Honda S2000 and RX-8. Just the groundwork now, so any info would be much appreciated!

Many thanks.

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