Scary concepts no. 43 - 225bhp Meriva
26 April 2006

If you think your Vauxhall Meriva VXR is a bit tame and yearn for two-litre power, then German tuner Steinmetz might just have the vehicle for you - the Merifast.

Based on the Opel Meriva, the catchily-titled mini-MPV uses a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, tuned to produce 225bhp and 269lb ft of torque. Steinmetz claims its modifications mean the Merifast can hit 150mph and go from 0-60mph in 7.5sec.

Squeezing in the two-litre lump hasn't been an easy process - Steinmetz has had to fit a reinforced gearbox and strengthened driveshafts, as well as 308mm vented brake discs on the front to cope with the increased performance. It also says it has developed a suspension system specifically for the Merifast, lowering the ride height by 30mm for improved behaviour on road or track.

We're not entirely convinced, though. And as if the potential torque steer wasn't worrying enough, there's the styling. Subtle it ain't...

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