The O pel Calibra had a large fan base in the 90s and celebrated in the DTM and in the ITC great success. In 1997 it was discontinued after around 240,000 vehicles were built. Now it is rough: The Calibra, which has not been built since 1997, will be revived from 2012 and will be ready to attack the BMW 3 Series Coupé, Audi A5 and the new Mercedes CLC.
Opel Calibra OPC with around 325 PS and all-wheel drive
As the basis for the new Opel Calibra will serve the mid-range model Insignia, with which the new Rüsselsheimer will also share the engines. The sports coupe should also be available with diesel engines. An OPC version of the Calibra is planned as the sporty top model, which should have all-wheel drive and the well-known 2.8-liter V6. The latter makes 325 hp in the Opel Insignia OPC.
According to GM Europe boss Nick Reilly, the design of the new Opel will be Calibra based on the Opel GTC Concept study that Opel presented at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show.
Calibra as an emergency vehicle for DTM entry?
The Opel Calibra was built from 1990 to 1997. It was available with four- and six-cylinder engines that mobilized between 115 and 204 hp. The Opel Calibra 2.0i Turbo also had all-wheel drive. The Calibra celebrated numerous motorsport successes in the German Touring Car Championship and the International Touring Car Championship (ITC). Among other things, Manuel Reuter became the last ITC champion in 1996 at the wheel of the Opel Calibra.
The announcement of a new edition of the Calibra is fueling speculation about a new DTM entry by Opel. Allegedly, the Rüsselsheim-based company is said to have already worked out a concept for entry into the German Touring Car Masters for 2012. The new Calibra could serve as the ideal emergency vehicle.