More potent version of Adam supermini drops Grand Slam badge in favour of Adam S to avoid confusion

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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3 March 2014
What is the NCAP rating for it?,because,the faster you make small cars go, the more protection is required.

Peter Cavellini.

3 March 2014
Absolutely right. Should have been sorted before this vehicle was given more power.

5 March 2014
Flatus senex wrote:

Absolutely right. Should have been sorted before this vehicle was given more power.

No one complained when Renault decided to make the much faster RenaultSport Twingo.

3 March 2014
About time! Engines have been a huge weak point for the car. Wonder if they'll do a VXR version next

3 March 2014
A sensible engine option at last. It could be fun with this engine.

17 September 2014
but nothing here to worry a DS3 DSport, petrol or diesel


17 September 2014
Is this the same engine developed with MG and heading under the bonnet of the MG 3?
Massive grin if it is!

18 September 2014
Guess it needs to go on a crash diet.


18 September 2014
Still looks like a pram.

18 September 2014
Wow, that was competitive in 2010. A Fiesta ST manages a chunk less CO2 with more cc and more power. Is this an old engine with a new turbo installation? These things matter these days.


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