- Car brand: Vauxhall-Opel
- Roof type: Fabric
- Vauxhall/Opel VX220 2.2 16V
- Vauxhall/Opel VX220 2.0 Turbo
- Vauxhall/Opel VX220 2.0 VXR Turbo
The Vauxhall VX220 was built and developed by Lotus as part of their previous partnership with GM. This original model, with a 2.2 litre Vauxhall engine was a more torquey alternative to the Elise. The supercar styling looks great and the functional interior makes it feel like a track car. The bonded aluminium chassis is designed to keep weight to a minimum while providing a firm platform for high performance driving. The VX220 is a beautifully responsive car to drive with instant acceleration and fast, communicative steering.
It does however get some a better level of equipment with ABS and driver airbag fitted as standard. While practicality is far from its strong point, the Vauxhall VX220 has nearly double the luggage space of an Elise thanks to the larger bodyshell.
As with many other GM cars it was sold a Vauxhall in the UK and with an Opel badge in mainland Europe. Despite a price tag just below that of the Lotus it didn’t sell nearly as well, perhaps due to the lack of a more desirable badge.