The new 1.6 SIDI direct-injection turbo engine delivers up to 300 Nm torque, bringing more power and refinement to the open-top Cascada model.
Disappointingly, when Opel presented the new convertible, the most powerful petrol variant was a new aluminum block unit, which had only 170 hp, which was interestingly 10 hp less powerful than the outgoing 1.6 liter. That gave customers the only option for a more powerful engine in the diesel line-up – which by far isn’t the best choice for a top down car.
Opel remedies the problem at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA), where it will display the Cascada with their most powerful four-cylinder unit with gasoline direct injection (SIDI = Spark Ignition Direct Injection) in the 1.6 variety.
“The completely new, even more powerful 1.6 SIDI turbo with 200 hp debuting at the IAA makes our mid-size Cascada an extremely attractive offer to convertible buyers. The new top-of-the-line gasoline engine expands the Cascada powertrain portfolio with a high-output and torque champion, now putting two very powerful engines at the top of our gasoline and diesel ranges – the SIDI turbo with 200 hp and 300 Nm torque as well as the BiTurbo CDTI with 195 hp and 400 Nm. The Cascada is thus a rare combination of high performance and open-air driving fun.” says Martin Vögler, Global Chief Engineer MGE Engines.
With this new engine the Cascada reaches now a top speed of 235 km/h. In spite of these strong performance figures, the mid-size convertible makes do with 6.7 l/100 km (158 g/km CO2 – official estimates).