If there’s a single phrase in the automotive lexicon that makes us want to obliterate our delicate middle ear organs with a pickaxe, it’s “lifestyle car.” Opel has taken the unfortunate step of dropping the company’s Adam into that phylum, which is a shame since the little runabout looks downright dashing in rally guise. Opel has just announced that it will show off its new FIA R2-spec Adam at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show next month. Expect to see the little competitor go through homologation and final development early this year, with privateer teams able to purchase their own shortly thereafter.
With a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that provides 185 horsepower and 140 pound feet of torque in rally spec, the Adam should be reasonably quick. A five-speed sequential transmission and limited slip differential put that muscle down, and four-piston Brembo front brakes help bring the party to a stop. The driver also gets the luxury of a hydraulic handbrake and the cabin is fitted with Sparco competition seats, an LCD gear indicator and a MONIT trip computer. Check out the full press release below for more information.
Opel is also set to show off its Adam ROCKS Concept. The design study is an “urban mini-crossover” that’s both wider and taller than the current production Adam. Check out out in the associated gallery, and be sure to take a peek at the quick press release.