The Opel Adam S Is A 150 Horsepower Micro Abarth-Fighter

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I refuse to be ashamed of my love for the Opel Adam, and I'm still annoyed that it isn't sold in the U.S. I want one even more now that GM is unveiling a hotted-up version designed to battle the Fiat 500 Abarth. Meet the Opel Adam S!

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"S" has to be the most overused letter in all of auto-dom — "R" is a close second — but it actually means something here. The Adam S gets a 150 horsepower 1.4-liter turbo engine, a very healthy bump of about 50 horses over the most powerful base Adam. It also gets 162 pound-feet of torque, which should help the little city car move in a much more brisk fashion than its little brother.

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In terms of output, it's got more juice than the European Fiat 500 Abarth but a little less than the Abarth EsseEsse.

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The gearbox is a six-speed manual, and GM says the car can hit 137 mph if you're brave enough to try it. Other enhancements a specially-tuned chassis, brakes from the VXR performance cars, Recaro seats, a sport suspension and a front and rear spoiler. You know, the usual go-fast stuff.

Full performance specs like 0-60 times weren't released, but it all sounds like a promising combination. I hope the Chinese enjoy it, because we won't get to.

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DISCUSSION

Here is the thing, I understand where you are coming from and I understand your desire for a hot small cars. I'm with you, the hotter and smaller the better, but don't be unhappy about what you can get in America, just go get the Abarth. I know I did and I tell you that you end up having too much fun to care about anything else, including any of the cars shortcomings or how it stacks up agains the competition. Also, I doubt that anything from the factory will match the Abart's exhaust note! (Up to you to decide if that is good or bad.) And a final word on performance, it seems the US Abarth has a solid +10hp and +10torques on the Adam S anyway. In sum, Abarth, Abarth, buy, Abarth, AbarthAbarth.