2001 Vauxhall Vectra GSi 2.6 V6 from UK and Ireland
High performance to surprise the competition
Nothing so far (touching wood)
This is definitely a wolf in sheep's clothing. My last Vectra was a 2.4 SRi which had poor acceleration in low engine speed, Vauxhall/MSD have sorted that out, its hard not to drive fast in this beast. The Recaro seats take some getting used to, but theyre electric, and can extend to support longer legs. It's a gas guzzler, but it doesn't wait around, be prepared to suprise Subaru drivers!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th November, 2003
13th Dec 2003, 15:12
2.4 Vectra SRi? You mean 2.5 right?
Anyway, I liked very much your review and I agree with you. The Vectra GSi is a true wolf in sheep's clothing.
Mine is a 2002 GSi Estate 2.6 V6 24V. I would like to know, which one do you have? The hatch, saloon, estate?
3rd Jan 2004, 13:10
I agree, I have a 2.6 SRi 180, and it's a stonker, even as standard. However I have since modded it; Courtney lightened flywheel, Viper induction, increased fuel pressure, Powerflow dual exit exhaust, reckon it might be about 220bhp now, and it eats Scooby's and M3's for dinner.
Had some problems though. It drinks a fair bit of oil. Vauxhall say that up to a litre every thousand is normal, anyone know for definite? Front drop link bushes had to be replaced at 20 thousand, new intercooler, and that's it so far... going soon to be replaced by a Zafira GSi Turbo.
28th Jan 2004, 07:40
The standard 2.5 V6 in the Vectra SRi and CDX has 170bhp. The 2.5 V6 engine in the GSi was modified by MSD to give 195bhp. MSD made changes to the engine management system on the GSi and gave it different cams, that's why it's more powerful.
15th May 2009, 17:11
Well I think the 2.6 V6 GSi is a OK car, but as for keeping up with Scoobys, who are you joking. If you give an opinion, make it a right one. Maybe non-turbo Subaru Sports, but if you put any of the Vectra models up against a proper Scooby i.e a STi3, a Vectra wouldn't stand a chance. 0-60 GSi 7.7, 0-60 Scooby under 5; come on lads, get your facts right.
17th Jul 2013, 14:26
I completely agree, having owned a 1998 standard Impreza Turbo estate, and now having a 2.6 manual Vectra, it's clear the Subaru would completely toast it. The Vectra is not much better on fuel, but there is something good about it.