The Cascada is the brand’s fourth new model this year following the Ampera, Mokka small crossover and Adam premium city car, and its first convertible after the demise of the smaller Astra Twin Top.
With the Cascada, Opel and Vauxhall are moving away from the compact segment and entering the mid-size sector. At 4,697mm long and 1,840mm wide, the Cascada is not only significantly bigger than the Astra Twin Top, but it’s actually 71mm longer than the Audi A5 Cabrio and 85mm longer than the BMW 3-Series Convertible.
Under the bonnet, the big news is the introduction of Opel’s all-new 1.6-liter SIDI Turbo ECOTEC petrol engine that promises to offer notable improvements in torque, linearity and overall efficiency.
In this application, the four-cylinder unit produces a maximum output of 168Hp (170PS) from 1650-3200rpm and 280Nm (206 lb-ft) of torque. Initially, it will be offered only with an automatic six-speed gearbox.
Other powertrain options for the Cascada include an entry level, 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine delivering 138hp (140PS) and 220Nm (162 lb-ft), and a 2.0-liter turbo diesel rater for 163Hp (165PS) and 380Nm (280 lb-ft), available with either six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions.
Opel and Vauxhall said that more powerful versions of both petrol and diesel engines will be launched “in due course”.
The interior and exterior styling of the Cascada borrow elements from both the latest iterations of the Astra and Insignia, with the automaker providing several luxury amenities and tech goodies on the standard and optional equipment lists.
Vauxhall said that pricing for the Cascada will start in the UK from around £25,000 (equal to €30,800 or $40,500 at the current exchange rates), or about the same as the entry level BMW 118i Convertible.
The Nuccio is a fully functional prototype powered by a mid-mounted, 480HP 4.3-liter V8. It measures 4,800mm in length, 1,950mm in width and 1,220mm in height, with a 2,600mm wheelbase.
Bertone says that the Nuccio harks back to some of its best concept cars such as the 1968 Alfa Romeo Carabo, the 1970 Lancia Stratos Zero and the 1971 Lamborghini Countach.
Some design elements from the era include the cab-forward design, the tapered, trapezoidal windscreen and the “twin peaks” on the orange roof.
The same color is used in the concept’s interior, which features classic analog instruments with a prominent central tachometer and anatomical sports seats.
A nod to the future is the 26-inch LCD screen mounted behind the seats. It replaces the conventional windscreen, which due to the shape of the car and the mid-engined layout would offer no visibility, projecting the image from the rear view camera.
The comprehensive body package sees the replacement of the front and rear fenders and the bonnet with new pieces that increase the car’s width by 40mm up front and 50mm at the rear.
Furthermore, Mansory adds new side skirts, a different rear diffuser and an enlarged rear wing, while the roof and engine-compartment covers are trimmed in carbon-fibre elements.
The Aventador now rides on lightweight forged rims with carbon-fiber inlays sized 20-inches at the front and 21-inches at the back shod in tires 255/30 ZR20 and 345/25 ZR21 respectively.
The modifications continue with the interior that gains a new leather treatment for the seats and dashboard along with aluminum pedals and real carbon-fibre trim components.
Complementing the styling upgrades is a performance package that consists of an optimized ECU and a custom exhaust system that do their part to increase output from 700PS (691bhp) and 690Nm to 754PS (744bhp) at 8,300 rpm and 750Nm (553.1 lb-ft) at 6,000 rpm.
This allows for zero to 100km/h sprint time of 2.8 seconds (0.1 seconds faster than the regular model) and a slightly higher top speed of 355km/h (221mph).
The German firm starts with an assortment of aero components made out of carbon fiber that widen the vehicle by 60mm and include among other things, a new front bumper with a splitter, a prominent rear diffuser and a large rear wing.
Mansory also fits the two-seater model with 20-inch alloys up front with tires size 245/30ZR20, and 21-inch rims at the back paired with 305/25ZR21 tires.
The colorful exterior treatment is continued inside with matching colors for the leather seats, dashboard, door panels and the new flat-bottom steering wheel. Mansory also adds aluminum pedals and real carbon-fibre accent trims.
On the performance front, the combination of a new engine management system with a sports exhaust and air filter push output from 600PS (591bhp) and 600Nm to 670PS (661bhp) and 675Nm (498 lb-ft) allowing for a top speed of 353km/h (219mph).