On both, it’s wise to replace the tensioner and water pump at the same time. The VX220’s engine range was unique among the pair, with Lotus using Toyota-sourced units for the Elise S2. Finally, there’s the car you see here. A similar thing affects Lotuses too. The Opel Speedster also known as the Vauxhall VX220 is a mid engined, targa topped, two seat sports car sold by the German automaker Opel, which was introduced in July 2000. The OPEL ECO Speedster is related to the production Opel Speedster and the Opel GT, and it is a two door coupe with two seats and gullwing doors, without any driving mirrors. The Speedster utilizes an aluminium chassis tub that weighs only 72 kg (159 lb). Normally aspirated cars have a timing chain that is best replaced at 60k miles; listen for rattling on start-up. It’s a small car, too, and threading it about the place is so, so easy. Sold/number built 2000-’05/5267 Normally Aspirated, 1940 Turbo, Construction bonded aluminium chassis, glassfibre body, Engine mid-mounted, all-alloy, dual-overhead-cam, 16-valve 2198cc four, with Bosch Motronic injection or iron-block 1998cc with turbo, Max power 145bhp @ 5800rpm to 223bhp @ 6300rpm, Max torque 150lb ft @ 4000rpm to 210lb ft @ 4800rpm, Transmission Getrag five-speed manual, driving rear wheels, Suspension independent all round, by double wishbones, coil springs, telescopic dampers front anti-roll bar, Steering rack and pinion, 2.8 turns lock-lock, Brakes 288mm ventilated discs all round, with servo and anti-lock, Price new Normally Aspirated £22,995 (2000), Turbo £26,495 (2003), 10 of the best classic targa-top sports cars, Malcolm McKay is a regular contributor to Classic & Sports Car. The Speedster and the Elise weren't identical. Accident damage. Lightweight mid-engine roadster? Just 65 were built, which came with styling enhancements, 220bhp and a quicker 0-60 time of 4.2 seconds. Unless it’s got a Lotus badge and costs several grand more in equivalent condition…. Keep an eye out for any warning lights during a test drive and fluids leaking underneath afterwards. It was built in both RHD and LHD versions, at the Lotus Cars plant in Hethel, Norfolk, England.It was presented at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1999, and went into full production the following year. If you want a Turbo, the respective values are around £14,000 and £18,500. A front light cluster will set you back £1,000…. This website is made by BBC Studios Distribution. You’ll have no luck trying to hear a radio with the roof off at anything above 30mph.