Vauxhall has increased the appeal of its Cascada convertible to keen drivers with the introduction of a range-topping turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine.

Due to be unveiled at next month’s Frankfurt motor show, the new engine develops 197bhp and will allow drivers to reach a top speed of 146mph – should they find themselves on a de-restricted autobahn.

While these figures are unlikely to be of any consequence to the average buyer, the new engine does at least give Vauxhall slightly improved bragging rights against the decidedly higher-class Audi A5 Cabriolet that it is pitching the Cascada against.

It sits on Vauxhall’s HiPerStrut suspension, which is also fitted to the company’s banzai Astra VXR hot-hatchback, ensuring the handling is on a par with the car’s new found sportiness.

Drivers who need a diesel are similarly well catered for in the power stakes, with the already available 2.0-litre Bi-turbo CDTi model being capable of 143mph, and only 5bhp down on the petrol unit.

Revised engine internals lie behind the increase in power over the current 168bhp 1.6-litre turbo motor. The new engine completes an engine line-up that also includes a 138bhp 1.4-litre petrol turbo and a 2.0-litre diesel developing 163bhp.

Order books for the new model open in October and the first customer are expected to get their cars in January.

Can’t wait that long? You can search our classifieds for a used Vauxhall Cascada here.

Daljinder Nagra


August 9, 2013