Long before the Astra, Opel's competitor in the compact hatch segment was the kadett.
Produced between 1937 and 1940, and then from 1962 until 1993, the Kadett was not the most desirable, nor the most beautiful, nor the fastest.
However, it ended up catching the attention of some amateur riders. Some of them have invested crazy amounts to get their Kadetts out as quickly as possible, investing huge amounts of money in them.
Others have chosen to keep their now-classic Opels in top-notch condition, hoping their value will rise as the years go by. But since Kadett didn't quite reach collector status, we'll leave that part for a future story.
Instead, we will now focus on the fast models that are often played against other machines, or, as is the case here, against the clock. So without further ado, get ready to meet the fastest Opel Kadett you've ever seen.
It reportedly has a colossal, highly tuned 1,250 horsepower, 2.0-liter, 16-valve engine that packs a giant turbo. It also has all-wheel drive, which helps it cover 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 4.0 seconds, and reach 200 km/h (124 mph) just 3.7 seconds later.
On that occasion, he reached nearly 315 km/h (196 mph) after a half-mile run, much to the delight of the crowd. And the best thing is that, aside from a few exterior upgrades and a gigantic intercooler visible under the front bumper, it looks like an original.
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