The Meriva VXR wasn’t the leisure fancy as current as its Zafira gigantic brother, however all these years on, we’re oddly tempted
We can’t transfer for performance crossovers in on the present time and age. From tiny to gigantic, brisk to outrageously rapid, you’re properly catered for in case you fancy to delight in one thing sporty with a miniature of bound height.
Maybe that can also wish came about with MPVs, had investors no longer abandoned the section in droves for SUV-shaped things. Vauxhall/Opel undoubtedly had a rattling honest run at organising the contemporary minivan, bringing out two VXR/OPC-badged machines in the mid-noughties.
First got right here the Zafira VXR – the one who each person remembers. Shoving 237bhp by the front wheels in a gigantic seven-seater isn’t one thing you’d neglect in a urge, finally. Boulevard testers of the day noted its ballistic straight-line performance and unruly torque steer, while additionally expressing bemusement on the selection of roads the worldwide press inaugurate – the route of the legendary Targa Florio in Sicily. That’s somewhat an announcement of intent.
In a while, the powerful extra measured Meriva VXR arrived. Its 1.6-litre inline-four turbo engine equipped up 178bhp and 170lb toes of torque, which could per chance perhaps climb to 190lb toes for five seconds whenever the ‘overboost purpose engaged. The 0-60mph time changed into as soon as ideal under eight seconds, which sounds modest in on the present time and age, however the VW Golf GTI wasn’t powerful brisker wait on then.
Vauxhall did extra than ideal give the Meriva extra vitality plus angrier bumpers and elephantine 17-journey wheels. Below the skin, the spring rates delight in been bumped up, the torsion beam stiffened, and beefier suspension bushes went in on the rear. Inner, you obtained a save of dwelling of hip-hugging Recaro seats.
Costing the a comparable of nearly about £25,000 in this day’s money, though, the miniature Meriva VXR changed into as soon as deemed too rattling expensive for its own honest. As a consequence, Vauxhall didn’t safe many investors for them. If the numbers on How Many Left are to be believed, UK numbers peaked at 254, and there are genuinely handiest 159 left registered to be used on the roads. Three and a half instances as many Zafira VXRs delight in been flogged.
That’ll be why there are handiest two Meriva VXRs in the marketplace on Autotrader – the silver one viewed in these pictures, and a purple one with some, erm, nice looking painted art work. The worn is the pricier one at £2750, however the mileage is reasonably low for the one year at ideal under 80,000 miles.
The Meriva has handiest had two worn house owners, recently had the cambelt modified, and from the sounds of it, there’s a full service history too. Is it uncommon to be tempted by this part?