Opel South Africa is introducing the range topping ADAM S. The 50 available units will be aimed at young buyers who seek a compact car with great performance and agility if the other models we have reviewed are anything to go by.
The ADAM S comes to market with 110kW and 220Nm from its 1.4 litre Ecotec engine which translates to more than 74kW / litre when unladen. Opel reports that 3 distinct colour combinations will be available. The ADAM S will be shod with 18″ ‘Propeller’ wheels which have a distinctive five spoke design showing off the red brake callipers. Another visual highlight is the chrome tipped oval exhaust pipe.
The ADAM S is designed with performance in mind, to this end all of the vehicle’s external styling features have a benefit:
- The roof-coloured rear wing is the most obvious change and importantly, it adds 100 Newtons of rear downforce at speed. With the ADAM S capable of a meaningful 210 km/h, it certainly isn’t just for show.
- A deeper front spoiler performs a similar role to the wing, adding downforce as speed increases to maintain the front/rear aerodynamic balance.
- Side skirts control airflow under the car, helping the ADAM S hug the driver’s chosen line through sweeping bends.
- The big wheels not only add gravitas by filling the wheel arches to capacity, but their lightweight design reduces unsprung weight and also improves throttle response by minimising inertia.
- Premium quality performance tyres measuring 225/35/18 are fitted, and along with the offset of the wheel result in increased track width (1472mm in front and 1 464 at the back) for improved stability.
Under the skin the ADAM S boasts a stiffer front anti-roll bar and stiffer springs for improved driving dynamics. In addition Opel has upgraded the brakes to the same specification as the previous-generation Corsa OPC – this means front discs measuring 308mm in diameter, grabbed by callipers with increased pad area.
The torsion beam rear axle has also been made more rigid, which along with the uprated springs provides sharper handling. With a wheelbase of just 2 311 mm, the Adam has always been exceptionally agile, but the ADAM S changes direction almost telepathically.
The powerplant boasts a host of high-tech features to achieve its 110kW/220Nm headline numbers, yet at the same time return fuel consumption figures of just 5.9 litres/100 km with CO2 emissions of just 139 grams/km. The engine meets stringent Euro 6 emission standards, and is equipped with Stop/Start Eco setting.
Dual cam phasing for continuously variable valve timing ensures a broad torque spread, while a turbocharger integrated within the exhaust manifold helps make the engine lighter and more compact. Other weight-saving features include a cast iron block with a hollow frame structure, hollow-cast camshafts and a plastic intake manifold.
The Opel ADAM S reaches 100 km/h in 8.5 seconds and will continue on to 210 km/h. But it also impresses with great elasticity: it makes the transition for 80 to 120 km/h in 5th gear in just 7.9 seconds.
The overall tactile experience is also critical, and there’s a leather-wrapped gear lever knob, which accentuates a delightfully short and direct throw, while rubber-studded pedals and a thick-rimmed steering wheel make the control interfaces as intimate as possible. The Red Your Engine décor pack is standard, which means red leather detailing for the gearknob, lower arc of the steering wheel, and the handbrake.
For the ultimate in feel and feedback, the S allows the driver to deactivate the Electronic Stability Programme at the press of a button for even more spirited driving in, say, a circuit environment.
Deserving special mention are the Recaro sport seats, which hug the occupant all the way from the lower thighs to the shoulders. The side bolsters are trimmed in hard-wearing Moroccana and the exceptional support this gives allows the focus to shift entirely to driving, rather than staying in position. The centre portion of the seat is an easy-breathing fabric which is designed to keep things cool.
Advanced Park Assist, Side Blind Spot Alert, Intellilink and Siri Eyes Free are just some of the features that position the Adam as South Africa’s most technologically-advanced small car – and they are all standard on the new S derivative.
As part of Opel’s Complete Care package ADAM S comes with a standard five years or 120 000 kilometer warranty, roadside assistance, and 3 years or 60 000 kilometer service plan. The Opel ADAM S is available immediately with a pricetag of R 330 000.00.