Opel has officially unveiled the sporty Adam S at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland. Even though the model shown at Geneva is a prototype, the turbocharged pocket rocket will be ready to go toe-to-toe in the hot-hatch arena with the likes of the Fiat 500 Abarth and Ford Fiesta ST when goes on sale in Europe later this year.
The range-topping Adam S features a turbocharged version of the 1.4 liter SIDI four-cylinder engine available in standard versions of the Adam. The turbocharged unit produces a healthy 150 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque which is sent to the front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. Opel hasn’t released full performance statistics for the Adam S, but claims it can reach a top speed of 137 mph.
As expected, Opel upgraded the necessary suspension and chassis components to handle the extra lump of power. The Adam S features a specially tuned chassis which Opel says delivers sharp, direct steering, and large OPC brakes with discs measuring 16 inches in the front and 15 inches out back. New, 18-inch wheels with a five-lug bolt pattern, carbon look accents, a sporty rear hatch spoiler, a lip kit and a larger tailpipe lend themselves to the new Adam’s aggressive look.
The performance treatment continues on the inside with red and black accents throughout, new leather Recaro Performance bucket seats, a leather wrapped steering wheel and a special ‘S’ design on the dashboard.
The Opel Adam S is a ‘near production’ model which is expected to go on sale in Europe in coming months. More information on the production model will trickle out as the on-sale date nears, so be sure to stay tuned for updates on the fastest Adam ever.