Opel Tigra

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Opel Tigra
Opel Tigra 2 vl.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Opel
Production 1994–2000
2004–2009
Body and chassis
Class Sports car
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive

The Opel Tigra name has been applied to two different cars engineered and produced by the German automaker Opel, both based on different iterations of the Corsa supermini, the first built in Spain, the second in France. The first Tigra was a small 2+2 coupé, produced from 1994 to 2000. The later hard-topped convertible roadster model was introduced in 2004. The Tigra was sold in the UK as the Vauxhall Tigra, in Australia as the Holden Tigra, and was sold in Brazil, Argentina and Mexico as the Chevrolet Tigra.

Tigra A (1994–2000)[edit]

Tigra A
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Overview
Also called Chevrolet Tigra
Vauxhall Tigra
Production 1994–2000
Assembly Zaragoza, Spain
Body and chassis
Body style 2-door coupé
Platform GM4200
Related Opel Corsa B
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission

4-speed automatic

5-speed Manual Transmission
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,429 mm (95.6 in)
Length 3,922 mm (154.4 in)
Width 1,604 mm (63.1 in)
Height 1,340 mm (52.8 in)
Curb weight 980 kg (2,161 lb)-1,075 kg (2,370 lb)
Opel Tigra rear view
Tigra's different interior design

The first Tigra was based on the coupé concept car of the same name that was shown at the 1993 Frankfurt Motor Show, alongside an open-top Tigra Roadster concept and the Scamp off-roader/pick-up. The Tigra built on the platform of the second generation Opel Corsa. The production vehicle was introduced in early 1994, and was built at Opel's Zaragoza plant in Spain.

The Tigra shared no body panels with the Corsa on which it was based, and the interior layout was different, however still kept the Corsa dashboard and most major engine parts. The Tigra also included a 2+2 seating arrangement. Due to the coupe styling and compact dimensions of the car, rear seat space was limited.[1]

The Tigra was available with two petrol engines options, both from the Ecotec family, an entry level 1.4 L with 90 PS (66 kW), and a larger sportier version, powered by the 1.6 L engine with 106 PS (78 kW), sourced from the Corsa GSi and later Corsa Sports. Both were DOHC 16 valve engines with electronic fuel injection. The smaller engine was available with an optional 4-speed automatic gearbox. The 1.6L model came with front fog lights as standard, a feature unavailable on the 1.4L version.

The suspension was essentially unchanged from the Corsa donor model, although the setup had been tweaked by Lotus. However, the car carried extra weight, with 150 kg (331 lb) over the equivalent engined Corsa models. Acceleration on the 1.6 L model was 10.5 seconds, one second slower than the Corsa GSi. A higher top speed of 203 km/h (126 mph) was obtained thanks to the higher gear ratios, a lower drag coefficient of 0.31, and standard 15" wheels on the more powerful model.

The car was imported by GM and sold as the Chevrolet Tigra in Brazil and Mexico, and as the Vauxhall Tigra in the United Kingdom. The Brazilian Chevrolet Tigra was imported only for a few months, between late 1998 to early 1999, due to a sudden depreciation of the real, which forced General Motors do Brasil to end importation. Only the 1.6 L model was imported, detuned to 100 PS (74 kW; 99 hp) for tax purposes. The 15" wheels were also exchanged for more affordable 14" wheels.

Tigra TwinTop B (2004–2009)[edit]

Tigra TwinTop B
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Overview
Also called Vauxhall Tigra TwinTop
Holden Tigra
Production 2004–2009
Assembly Cerizay, France[2]
Body and chassis
Body style 2-door convertible
Platform GM4300
Related Opel Combo C
Opel Meriva A
Opel Corsa C
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission 5-speed manual
5-speed semi-automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,491 mm (98.1 in)
Length 3,921 mm (154.4 in)
Width 1,685 mm (66.3 in)
Height 1,364 mm (53.7 in)
Curb weight 1,235 kg (2,723 lb)-1,278 kg (2,818 lb)
Opel Tigra TwinTop

After an absence of four years, Opel resurrected the Tigra nameplate in 2004 for a new sports car based on the third generation Opel Corsa.[3] The Tigra TwinTop, as it was called in Opel markets, was a two-seater coupé convertible with a retractable hardtop in the fashion of the Peugeot 206 CC. It was launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2004 and was produced by French coachbuilder Heuliez.[4]

Like its predecessor, the Tigra TwinTop was available with two petrol-powered engines. The base model used the 1.4 L engine with 90 PS (66 kW), from the Family 0, while the top of the range uses the Ecotec 1.8 L from the Corsa GSi, with 125 PS (92 kW). An economic version, which used Fiat's Multijet 1.3 Diesel engine, was introduced in 2005.

The second generation was marketed in Australia as the XC-series Holden Tigra, only with the 1.8 L engine.

Safety[edit]

Euro NCAP test results
LHD, 2-door roadster (2004)[5]
Test Score Rating
Adult occupant: 26 4 /5 stars
Pedestrian: 10 2 /4 stars

In society and culture[edit]

The murderers of Lee Rigby used a Vauxhall Tigra, striking him with the vehicle at the start of the attack.[6]

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