Monday, November 26, 2012

Ascona 400 : There's (399) more where that came from!

This is one of a very small batch of very special Opel Asconas. We called it Ascona 400, because that's how many there will be. And while the majority will win themselves a place in connoisseurs' collections, some of them are destined to win international fame.

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The standard Opel Ascona is renowned for its superb dynamic qualities and outstanding reliability. The Ascona 400 exploits that sporting potential to the full.

In addition to its sophisticated 16-valve engine, performance was boosted still further by intensive wind tunnel testing, resulting in a lower drag coefficient and increased stability (front end lift was cut by 50%, while that at the rear was reduced by almost 100%!). And although the Ascona 400 makes a spectacular yet practical road car, its design features make it easy to prepare for effective competition use.

Look what it offers:- 2.4 litre, 16-valve engine with crossflow head and chain-driven, twin overhead camshafts * 144bhp(DIN) at 5200rpm, 155lb/ft torque at 3800rpm * 5-bearing crankshaft with 8 balance weights * Electronic fuel injection * 5-speed gearbox, with optional heavy-duty close-ratio version also available * 9" single dry-plate clutch * Choice of 3.18:1 or 3.45:1 rear axle ratios * 80% locking differential * Gas-filled shock absorbers * Specially uprated front and rear suspension with 5-link back axle * Light alloy 6Jx15 wheels with ultra-low profile 205/50 VR 15 steel-braced tyres * Front and rear spoilers, plus side spoilers linking wheel arch extensions.

Performance: 0-62mph in 7.6 secs. Top speed (depending on rear axle ratio) 125+ mph.

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