Vauxhall Adam S (2014) first official pictures

Published: 03 March 2014

This is the new Vauxhall Adam S, or at least, a ‘close-to-production’ version of it. So, add a tax disc and some mints in the glovebox and it’s good to go.

At last, Vauxhall has injected some power into the Adam mix, and equipped it with higher-performance brakes and chassis settings to match.

Is the Vauxhall Adam S a true hot hatch?

It’s a warm Adam rather than a blisteringly hot one: power comes from a turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine, developing 148bhp and 162lb ft. That’s a useful 49bhp more than the next-most pokey Adam (a wheezy, naturally aspirated version of the same 1.4).

With 50% more horsepower and a whopping 70% jump in torque, the Adam S makes mincemeat of the regular, underpowered Adam crop. Its top speed is 137mph – a full 22mph faster than any other Adam you can buy.

Acceleration times haven’t been revealed, but with a slug more power and the fitment of a six-speed manual ‘box in place of a standard Adam’s notchy five-speeder, we’re expecting a decent improvement over the Adam’s current 0-62mph best of 11.5sec.

The Adam’s always been a fashionista first, funster second: can the chassis keep up?

Vauxhall says yes. The Adam S has a bespoke chassis set-up – though Vauxhall hasn’t said just how much lower and stiffer the car is. The standard car’s squidgy brakes wouldn’t do for the Adam S: here you get bigger discs front and rear.

The ‘VXR’ braking system is picked out with red brake calipers, slotted behind 18in alloys wearing low-profile tyres. The car also has recalibrated electric power steering.
What about the looks?

It’s a subtle bodykit for the Adam S, rather than a gaudy VXR suit. A roof spoiler, Side skirts and lower front bumper and larger tailpipe add some aggression to the Adam’s cute proportions.

Inside there’s been an outbreak of redness (consult your doctor, Adam): the Recaro front seats, steering wheel, gearlever and door panels are all splashed with racey red highlights.
Prices and an on-sale date will be revealed later in 2014.

By Ollie Kew

Former road tester and staff writer of this parish