Finnish surprise – Opel Vectra A V6 tuning – Car Engine

Photo: Emilia Parviainen

The Vectra A, which replaced the Opel Ascona Ct in the second half of the 1980s, is now part of car history. Some of them still run on the roads, and some are sure to rest in the closed garage of elderly people, but overall they no longer belong to the street scene. Not with us, not with the Germans, not even in Finland. Of course, there are those who have not forgotten the then form-breaking and generational leap type: so is a Finnish guy, Veli-Matti Martiskainen. He was caught by Vectra when his parents bought one used in the late ’90s. He already liked it even though he knew it was basically a “boring family car,” as he put it — with two exceptions: the V6 and the Turbo. In our opinion, of course, the Vectra 2000 was not a sponge cake either, which was equipped with the same 2.0-liter 16-valve as the Kadett / Astra GSi.

Exploded tires sneak behind the fenders while the rim peeks out

Although Veli-Mati finds the big bikers exciting, he started his first tuning attempts with an 8-valve 1.8. It wasn’t exactly what he imagined, but so were many of us with the first car. He modified it, used it cheerfully for 2 years when Finnish reality hit the car home: a large mass of snow falling from the roof made the bodywork crumble. The machine was completely damaged. He tried to see the event as a push towards the real car he wanted. He also sat down to browse the ads and found a Vectra V6 in very good condition. This car became the new tuning base, but Veli-Matti thought he was now going beyond his rim change and building a real showcart. This was also based on the fact that the Finnish tuning world developed a lot, and one after another the more and more serious constructions were born. Everything was done according to the usual scenario. The car was taken to pieces, the parts in poor condition were replaced again, and the chestnut was remodeled. He saw a real “clean” stall in front of his spiritual eyes, the locksmith work was done by his friends, and he and everyone else. The car was not made at the same time, it got a little richer every year, every year it brought something new. Today’s condition was completed in 2018, and its owner started a raft in Germany with him 2 years ago, so we got to know him too.

The original function of the luggage compartment is a thing of the past

One of the most important changes, in the owner’s view, is the installation of the GAS air-ride chassis, because it could put the Vectra in dust – without spilling a ton of snow. The body features striking fender widenings, a crumpled hood, missing inscriptions, badges, an antenna and of course Candyred paint. The Viair compressor and air tank have been placed in the trunk, and the chassis has been thoroughly redesigned to allow the car to sit deep. As rims, the 3-piece Schmidt Modern Line models were chosen by Veli-Matti, 10 × 16 in front and 10.5 × 16 in. Back, the tire size was 215/40. The 2.5-liter, V6 (C25XE), 200-horsepower engine is thrown up by lots of chrome, gold and color-blown batteries, and the sports exhaust system is completely new. The car is slowed down by perforated 288 mm diameter Mtec brake discs. The passenger compartment has a roll-over frame as well as the Kadett E GT’s front sports seats and handlebars, all upholstered in beige and brown leather. Music was also added to the machine: the Alpine UTE-92BT head unit, the Focus amplifier, the Rainbow Germanium component set, and the Ground Zero subwoofer.

Even without a hood, the Vectra looks good, the engine compartment has been cut into such gloss

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