By Drew Johnson
Thursday, Nov 15th, 2012 @ 10:50 am
 

General Motors' European operations are said to be working on two hotter versions of the automaker's latest Adam compact. The Adam is sold as an Opel in mainland Europe and under the Vauxhall banner in the UK.

According to Auto Express, Opel/Vauxhall is working on a warmed over version of the Adam that will offer greater power than the standard version of the car. Although not an all-out performance model, the hotter Adam will use a 140 horsepower version of GM's 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder. The current Adam relies on a de-tuned 100 horsepower 1.4L turbo four.

In addition to a boost in power, the mid-level Adam will also gain suspension tweaks and a unique body kit.

GM Europe is also eying an Adam model to rival the MINI Copper S and Fiat 500 Abarth. Although not officially green lighted, insiders say GM is favoring an up-rated 1.6L turbocharged engine for the performance Adam, likely to be branded as an OPC for Opel and VXR for Vauxhall. That mill could deliver up to 190 horsepower, which would make the Adam quite the pint-sized performer.

On the opposite end of the scale, GM is also working on a smaller engine to take on Ford's 1.0L EcoBoost. That motor is expected to find its way under the hood of the Adam sometime next year.