The Paris Motor Show is just around the corner, with its arrival effectively kicking off the always exciting auto show season. Opel will likely be bringing the recently unveiled Corsa hatchback so the public and media can get familiar with the car in the flesh, but is it possible that the automaker has a secret ace up its sleeve?
Opel posted a rather lengthy and somewhat random media release today highlighting and looking back on the Calibra coupe unveiled at the 1989 Frankfurt Motor Show. The Calibra was ahead of its time with the best drag coefficient of any Opel production car at just 0.26 Cd, independent suspension, optional all-wheel drive and modern four-cylinder and V6 engines. It was affordable, too, costing just 33,900 German marks in 1990.
Upon production in 1990, the Calibra was offered with a 2.0-liter four cylinder entry-level engine producing 115 horsepower or a four-valve 2.0-liter engine with 150 horsepower. A 204 horsepower turbocharged version of the car was introduced in 1992 and paired the car’s advanced all-wheel drive system with a six-speed manual transmission. After seven years of production, a total of 238,647 Calibras had been built, with the strongest markets being Germany, the UK, Italy, Spain and France.
The Calibra sounds somewhat similar to the current Opel Cascada mid-size convertible. That car is front-wheel drive, available with a range of four-cylinder engines and offered with both a six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmission. If Opel is planning to release a small front-wheel drive coupe or even a hardtop version of the Cascada in Paris, could they be teasing it by looking back at the Calibra? It should be noted that 2014 is the 25th anniversary of the Calibra, so the history lesson may be in commemoration of that milestone, but the timing of the release leaves us a little suspicious.