Opel Eco Speedster: the Best Car You’ve Never Heard Of

The guys at Opposite Lock recently compared this 2002 concept car from Opel to Volkswagen’s recently launched, genre re-defining, 200+ mpg XL1 high-mpg supercar. What kind of epic progress has 12 years of scientific advancement brought us? Not as much as you’d think, actually!

Check out some of the comparison’s highlights …

The (Volkswagen) XL1 weighs in at 1752 lbs, has a drag coefficient of 0.189 and is powered by an 800cc 2-cylinder diesel engine with 48 HP, plus an additional 27 HP on tap from an electric motor. This is channeled via a 7 speed gearbox and is good for an impressive 261 MPG. It goes 0-62 in 12.7 Seconds with a top speed of 100 MPH. It’s made gratuitous use of carbon fiber in it’s chassis ad panels.


Now enter the 2002 Opel Eco Speedster. Weighing in at 1445 pounds, it has a drag coefficient of 0.20. Powered by a 1.3 L turbo-diesel Ecotec engine, This car rips and sips. 0-60 comes in at 8.8 seconds with a top speed of 155 MPH. The car is paired to a clutch-less manual 5 speed and returns 113 MPG. It has a hand built hydro-aluminum space frame with carbon fiber panels.

… seems like a pretty close contest, to me! With a stiff, extruded-aluminum Lotus chassis and hours of Opel Speedster driving under my belt in Gran Turismo, my money’s on the Opel. What about yours? head on over to Opposite Lock’s Kinja blog to get all the facts, then let us know what you think in the comments, below.


Source | Photos: Opposite Lock, via Jalopnik.

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, out on two wheels, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.