Opel Cascada Gets New 1.6-Liter Turbo with 200 hp and 300 Nm

When Opel revealed the new Cascada convertible last year, it did so by showing it with a brand new 1.6-liter turbo engine. Disappointingly, this new aluminum block unit had only 170 hp, 10 hp less than the outgoing 1.6 Turbo used by the Astra at the time.
Opel Cascada 1.6 SIDI Turbo: Starting in September with 200 hp and up to 300 Newtonmeter torque 7 photos
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As a result, the most powerful engine you could get with most of Opel's compacts was a diesel. That all changes today though, as the automaker has announced the high-performance 1.6 SIDI Turbo engine, which has 200 hp (metric). It will also debut on the Cascada convertible, this time at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Now, there are a lot of high performance 1.6 turbo engines out there – MINI, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Ford, Renault and even Kia and Hyundai have them. What's interesting about the Opel engine is the torque – 300 Nm of it, 70 Nm more than the comparable 1.6-liter turbo predecessor which is an increase of no less than 30 percent.

The Cascada equipped with this new turbo engine is supposedly not only fast but also economical. Opel won't say anything about acceleration, but the top speed of the convertible is 235 km/h which fuel consumption can be as low as 6.7 liters on the combined cycle, which if we've not mistaken is lower than the 170 hp version.

After the Frankfurt premier, the new engine will immediately go on sale across Europe and will also be available on the Vauxhall model.

“The completely new, even more powerful 1.6 SIDI turbo with 200 hp debuting at the IAA makes our mid-size Cascada an extremely attractive offer to convertible buyers. The new top-of-the-line gasoline engine expands the Cascada powertrain portfolio with a high-output and torque champion, now putting two very powerful engines at the top of our gasoline and diesel ranges – the SIDI turbo with 200 hp and 300 Nm torque as well as the BiTurbo CDTI with 195 hp and 400 Nm. The Cascada is thus a rare combination of high performance and open-air driving fun.” says Martin Vogler, Global Chief Engineer MGE Engines.


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