Punchy new 1.0-litre three-cylinder Vauxhall engine revealed

New Vauxhall Adam engine
17 Feb, 2014 8:00am Jonathan Burn

Vauxhall has revealed a new downsized 1.0-litre turbo engine, first available in the Adam from spring

Vauxhall has revealed its new downsized 1.0-litre three-cylinder direct-injection turbo petrol engine. It will first be available in the Adam supermini, where it will debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

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Two power outputs will be available, including 89bhp and 114bhp versions, both developing 166Nm of torque. Vauxhall claims the little motor generates more low-down torque and pulling power than its 1.6-litre naturally aspirated engines.

Stop-start technology will be fitted as standard on both models, with the more efficient 89bhp model returning a claimed 62mpg and emitting only 99g/km of CO2. The 1.0-litre engine is the first in a whole new range of downsized petrol engines from the manufacturer.

Vauxhall has attempted to remedy the thrumming noise made by three-cylinder engines by increasing soundproofing. Acoustically optimised covers have been fitted to the top and front of the engine, the intake manifold and camshaft housings.

The new engine will also be mated to a new compact and lightweight six-speed manual gearbox. It’s around 30 per cent lighter than the ‘box it replaces, weighing 37kg without fluids and will make its way into other Vauxhall models in the future. Sales of the new engine in the Adam will commence in the spring.