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  • New Niche For Meriva VXR

    Just when the motoring world thought there were no niches left, Vauxhall have found one – and it’s guaranteed to bring a smile to the face of anyone who likes their cars fast, fun and more than a little cheeky.
    The Meriva has been given the VXR treatment to create the world’s first performance mini-MPV – and one of the most-talked about cars of the year.
    As enthusiasts have come to expect from the VXR brand, the Meriva hasn’t just been given a few tweaks and a tuned engine – Vauxhall has gone the whole hog to make sure that the smallest VXR will be able to hold its own against any modern hot hatchback. It might even be able to give a few supercar drivers a shock.
    Under the bonnet is an all-new 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine which produces an impressive 180PS, making it easily the most powerful car in its class. Driving the front wheels through a six-speed close ratio gearbox, is enough to take the Meriva from 0-60 mph in around eight seconds and on to a top speed of nearly 140 mph on its up-rated chassis.
    The exterior styling has been upgraded with re-profiled front and rear bumpers and large 17-inch VXR design alloy wheels. Inside, this VXR retains the FlexSpace seating system, but there is a twist which has never been seen before in a mini-MPV. Special Recaro seats hold the occupants, and VXR logos adorn the gear lever, instruments and steering wheel.
    The car goes on sale alongside other face lifted Meriva models in February 2006, with prices being announced nearer the on-sale date.