Currently reading: 2015 Vauxhall Adam Grand Slam name changed to Adam S
More potent version of Adam supermini drops Grand Slam badge in favour of Adam S to avoid confusion
Darren Moss
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22 May 2015

Vauxhall's direct rival to the Abarth 595 Turismo has changed its name from Adam Grand Slam to Adam S to avoid confusion for its customers. It's on sale now with a starting price of £16,995.

Powering the Adam S is a turbocharged version of the existing 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine, which develops 148bhp and 162lb ft. Vauxhall says the performance Adam can reach 62mph in 8.5sec, with a top speed of 124mph. Power is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission.

Official fuel economy is rated at 47.8mpg combined, with CO2 emissions of 139g/km.

Styling changes over the standard Adam include a body kit, tuned chassis, uprated springs and dampers and VXR brakes borrowed from the previous-generation Corsa VXR. The model sits on 18in alloy wheels.

Inside, the Adam S features special floor mats, pedals and door trim. Vauxhall's Intellilink infotainment system features on the options list, as do Recaro seats.

Although weight-saving measures on the Adam S include a cast iron engine block with hollow frame structure, hollow-cast camshafts and a plastic intake manifold, the car's kerb weight is set at 1178kg - 58kg heavier than the Adam 1.4 Slam.

The Adam S was first seen in pre-production form at the Geneva motor show last March, when it was badged as Adam S before its short-lived change to Grand Slam for UK markets.

Vauxhall UK boss Tim Tozer says the Adam S "has been designed for people who want to enjoy a sporty driving experience in a car with a unique and individual look".

The Adam S also rules out any VXR-badged version of the Adam being made.

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superstevie 23 May 2015

Sensible name change.

Sensible name change.
AHYL88 19 January 2015

Should be cheaper

Hmm, it's a tad expensive sadly, especially next to such good cars like the Mini Cooper and Ford Fiesta ST. The Mini is a fair bit less expensive, is a smidge faster, costs less to run and tax and will hold its value better. While the Ford may cost the same, it is far quicker, agile and more practical. If the Adam cost something like under £15,000, it would've stood a better chance, where it should be taking on the Abarth 500 and Suzuki Swift Sport (both of which have similar performance and running costs) instead of the Ford.
AHYL88 19 January 2015

Should be cheaper

Hmm, it's a tad expensive sadly, especially next to such good cars like the Mini Cooper and Ford Fiesta ST. The Mini is a fair bit less expensive, is a smidge faster, costs less to run and tax and will hold its value better. While the Ford may cost the same, it is far quicker, agile and more practical. If the Adam cost something like under £15,000, it would've stood a better chance, where it should be taking on the Abarth 500 and Suzuki Swift Sport (both of which have similar performance and running costs) instead of the Ford.