Opel Adam with the S-factor

BY CHARL BOSCH - FEBRUARY 11, 2016

A runaway success since its launch two years ago, General Motors South Africa has released a second limited edition version of its Opel Adam boutique hatch, in the form of the sporty Adam S.

Available in Europe since November 2014, and limited to only 50 units for South Africa, the S slots in above the Rocks as the new flagship Adam, with changes including cosmetics and the adoption of the same turbocharged engine used in the bigger Corsa Sport.

Touted as “a car designed with performance in mind”, exterior differences consists of a deeper front spoiler, wider sills to aid airflow, 18-inch alloy wheels, new rear wing said to add 100 Newtons of downforce, and a choice of red or grey roof and pillar finishes.

Underneath its skin, the S features stiffer anti-roll bars, updated springs, a more rigid rear axle, and the same brakes used on the previous generation Corsa OPC.

Dropping the standard Adam’s much lauded 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged EcoFLEX engine, the S’ 1.4-litre turbo churns out 110 kW and 220 N.m of torque. A six-speed manual gearbox drives the front wheels with Opel claiming a 0-100 km/h sprint of 8.5 secs, and top speed of 210 km/h. Fuel consumption is rated at 5.9 L/100 km and emissions at 139 g/km.

A five year / 120 000 km warranty and three year / 60 000 km service plan is included in the R330 000 asking price.