How Americans Came Close To Getting The Slick Opel Calibra

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How Americans Came Close To The Slick Opel Calibra

week when I was looking at 90s I came across one that never had the chance to get – the Opel . A successor to the Opel Manta Americans once got through dealerships, I began to realize it was a we never got to have this.

considering it shares a lot of underneath with the second-generation Saab

Funny enough, the Calibra made it to the shores through dealers. The timing was fortuitous, the went on sale in 1990 or around the time GM stuck its into Saab. Based on the Vectra, the Calibra was a slick that was touted as the most car in the world … in 1990.

A drag coefficient of 0.26 is damn good today.

The way it came to the US is interesting, though. then, GM North America was a different place than GM and it looked like there was little interest in bridging the unlike today. But after GM a 50% stake in the Trollhattan trolls, the was now burdened with the problem of more than devotees to an lineup at dealerships.

The solution was to the Calibra to Americans through dealerships, but badged as a Saab.

That’s distressing, but it’s distressing to see how far along GM and Saab went with that In a June 1990 article Automotive News. even chairman Louis Hughes There’s quite a difference the Calibra concept and the traditional concept. That’s about as as any auto exec will get to this car doesn’t fit in with the but we’re going to badge it

That Auto News expected the car would be approved to go by the end of and that they’d be built in the factory in Finland that out special Saabs like the 9-3 and all of the convertibles.

All of this was a product of corporate and synergies and all of these corporate-sounding that sound so much when Jack Donaghy them. The cynical say that the to badge Opels as Saabs a few years later with the 900, which shares a lot of with the Calibra, but in reality very different cars. As a I say the Calibra would’ve been from the start and its reputation that way. Listen to Goffey and his beard go on about its and merits when he drove it as the Calibra on old Top Gear .

As an Opel, it could’ve been a rival for the Ford Probe, Eclipse, Toyota Celica and all of the sport coupes that up in the early ’90s. You could get a with an all-wheel drive or a turbocharged engine (not Saab), or a 2.5-liter V6 (shared Saab). It had a hatchback for practicality. with big wheels look handsome, too.

Had it been like a Saab, though, it attracted too many comparisons the E30 and E36 coupes from BMW at the time, and probably wouldn’t have well.

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The case of the Saab is one I’m glad didn’t pan but I wish the car had made it here Even weirder than was a plan to sell the Opel through Porsche dealers in the ’80s, after GM’s were uninterested because lots were full of Avenues and didn’t need luxo-barge competing. Strange, since the company was willing to that car as an Opel until the of importing became too strong.

That likely … the for sending the Calibra here,

I’m chalking this up as car we never got in the States because of circumstances. And today, Buick some interesting Opels-badged-as-Buicks the Regal GS (an Insignia) and the Verano of an Astra sedan). They relatively German, which is an thing for any product sold at a GM here.

I’m still waiting for Astra GTC, which is of the Calibra of today. Something me that badging a hatchback so and aggressive as a Buick might not though.

But does anyone a Calibra or have you driven Did we actually miss out?

credit General Motors

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