Vauxhall’s new baby coupé-cabrio will bear the name Tigra, reviving a badge not seen since the old Corsa-based coupé was phased out four years ago. These first official pictures reveal the car’s dramatic shape ahead of its initial public outing at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
The Tigra will go on sale in early September at £13,500 for the 90bhp 1.4 and £15,000 for a 125bhp 1.8 – pitching it £1200 below its nearest rival, the popular Peugeot 206 CC.
With 0-60mph expected to take around 9.5sec and an estimated top speed of 118mph, the 1.8’s performance will be on a par with the 206 CC 1.6, but lag behind the more expensive 2.0-litre French model. Buyers craving the first affordable performance folding hard-top will have to wait for around two years before the 175bhp Tigra GSi arrives.
While it might not be the quickest in its class, at least the Tigra looks the part thanks to the efforts of Martin Smith’s design team. A short front end and long tail give a wedgy profile, with Vauxhall’s now-characteristic sharp creases in the nose and flanks. There are other neat touches such as the Lotus 340R-style aluminium roll hoops.