It’s about time we had cars with interesting names again. Too many times the answer to the question, "what do you drive?" is something dull, like "oh, a 456 BT Sport", for instance.
However, this is something Vauxhall seems determined to remedy. A few eyebrows were raised recently with the launch of its hatchback, dubbed Adam, and now the manufacturer has gone one step further by introducing its newest addition to the Adam range: the Adam Grand Slam.
Sounding more like a sponsored sporting event than a car, the Grand Slam is determined to live up to its name. The car, which was originally called the Adam S (and is still called this in every country outside of the UK), is, predictably, the sportiest of the range. With a huge front bumper, noticeably wide side sills, and an enormous rear bumper, the car certainly matches attitude looks with its attitude name, especially when taking into account the rear spoiler and the promotional photographs, all of which feature a grey car with a hugely contrasting and attention-grabbing bright red roof. This isn’t the kind of car that blends easily into the background.
The car, which has already been exhibited twice this year at two European motor shows — Paris and Geneva — is the most expensive of the Adam range, and although prices have yet to be confirmed, it seems likely to come in at something over £15,000.
When it’s released into showrooms around April, the car will be powered by a 1.4 litre petrol engine creating 148 horsepower, which may not sound like a lot, considering this is the sportiest car of the range, but this is a small car. Its peers are the Mini and the Fiat 500. This means that the Adam Grand Slam will still be able to reach a top speed of 124 mph and will still hit 62 mph in around eight and a half seconds. With this sort of performance, it would seem obvious that efficiency would suffer greatly. However, this doesn’t appear to be the case. In fact, the Grand Slam should boast around 44.1 mpg, something helped by the increasingly common stop-start technology utilised in many of these kind of cars.
Inside should be comfortable too, with climate control coming as standard, along with Vauxhall’s patented entertainment system, compatible with most smartphone operating systems.
With such a great deal on offer, it seems likely that the Adam Grand Slam will live up to its name, however attention-grabbing it seems.