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Opel Kadett (E) General Information

This is the Astra Mk2 or outside UK still called Kadett, now in its E generation. At first it was a follow on to the Astra Mk1/Kadett D. But this new version was to become far bigger than that. At first with the 1.8 engine known from the previous generation car, this Astra Mk2/Kadett E soon had a 2.0 and not much later a 2.0 16v engine. Such this car kicked off a whole new era for hot hatches. The Kadett GSI 16v was still suffering the typical FWD hot hatch problems such as traction problems, traction interferences in the steering, generally being a very understeering car, but it was one of the first hot hatches with a 16v engine. Only the Golf GTI 16v was earlier, but the Golf had nowhere near the power of the Kadett/Astra and still understeered even more. This trick moved the Kadett/Astra in power nearer to much more noble cars than it was to its own class opposition. At a time when road going cars as BMW 325i had 171BHP, BMW M3 = 195BHP, Mercedes 190E 2.3-16 = 185HP and Audi Coupé Quattro = 136BHP, this hot hatch had a 165BHP 16v engine!

The time frame may have helped a little too. The Kadett D (Astra Mk1) was not quite such a famous rally car as it was born into the days of groupA Ascona B/Manta B. The Kadett E (Astra Mk2) at first had the same 1.8 engine and was not really a step forward from its predecessor. But then Opel did something clever. GroupA only WRC had just started when they debuted the 2.0 litre version in the Safari Rally 1987 with Rauno Aaltonen as the driver, a rally/driver combination which turned into a massive story in the media besides it fitting perfectly into the 2000cc class. Not quite as famous may have been the debut of the 16v version on the RAC Rally 1989. German fans may be bemused that I claim the GSI 16v to have 165BHP, when it famously had 150BHP. But that was the German catalyst and than insurance and tax group (better 150 than 156BHP) spoiled version, in other non-catalyst markets it indeed had 165BHP. You have to compare it really. 2.0 engines were nothing really new in C-segment cars, but talking Kadett C-GT/E this still was 110BHP on the road. Volkswagen likes to believe they invented a new trend with hot hatches, but the Golf GTI only started as a 1.6 with 110BHP, it grew but by now the Golf 2 as a 16v still had a 1.8 with 136BHP in a now very heavy car. The Kadett E GSI / Astra Mk2 GT/E had 115BHP as a 1.8, 130BHP as a 2.0 and come the 16v on some markets it was a full 30BHP up on the Golf and was indeed ready to be compared to BMWs and Mercs. Remember what made the hot hatches the big story is that they are light and nimble, and here we have the Kadett E/Astra Mk2 30BHP up on the Golf and only 20BHP down on the much bigger and heavier Mercedes 190E 2.3-16, so if real performance matters for you more than just a posh name, the Kadett GSI 16v was simply THE car to have! No wonder with hot hatch and rally fans the E-generation Kadett (Mk2 Astra) seems to be more remembered and more of a classic not only than the Kadett D but also compared to the newer Astra F and Astra G.

For all this it wasn't surprising that many semi-offical or importer teams used the Kadett GSI 16v. Austrian's Sepp Haider competed for Opel in the German championship in a Kadett GSI 16v and he even won the however low scale entry Rally NZ 1988 outright. Later Citroen Sport boss Guy Fréquelin got respectable results out of the car in the French Rally championship. In Sweden Mats Jonsson was the Opel star and he managed top10 finishes in rallies 1000 Lakes and RAC 1988 with the car. In GB it was Malcolm Wilson at the wheel of the Vauxhall Astra GT/E 16v and apart from decent national results he finished 3rd overall on the 1989 NZ. And eventually Louise Aitken-Walker became the 1990 WRC Ladies Cup winner with this car. Not a bad record for what basically still is a FWD hot hatch.

Note: The version "Kadett 4S" was a groupB/S prototype based on the Kadett E shell. The datasheet is here, but read more about the Kadett 4S in the Manta 400 chapter, as the Manta 400 was very much a stop gap between the famous Ascona 400 and Opel's proper groupB car in their history.
 

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Opel Kadett (E) Evolutions

 
 
Model & Evo. (Activity)
 
BHP@
RPM
Torque
(Nm)@
RPM
Length
Width
Height
Weight
(Kg/BPM
Ratio)
 
Trans.
(W'base)
Opel Kadett (E) 4S (*) (0-0) 0 0 0.0.0 0 (0) 4x4 (0)
Opel Kadett (E) GSI 1.8 (86-55) 170/7200 195/5200 3998.1663.1395 980 (5.8) FWD (2520)
Opel Kadett (E) GSI 16v (89-95) 220/7800 220/6200 3998.1663.1395 1000 (4.5) FWD (2520)
Opel Kadett (E) GSI 2.0 (87-55) 185/7200 205/5200 3998.1663.1395 980 (5.3) FWD (2520)

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Opel Kadett (E) Results

This is an unofficial Car Results list and may be incomplete.

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
40th. 1999 WRC Swedish Rally D. Carlsson K. Stenbäck #75 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
18th. 1993 WRC Tour de Corse P. Gardère . UNKNOWN #61 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
2nd. 1992 WRC Bandama Rallye B. Thiry S. Prevot #6 [UNKNOWN] 5:32:59
18th. 1991 WRC Rally of Finland J. Kytölehto A. Kapanen #34 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
12th. 1991 WRC Rallye San Remo B. Thiry S. Prevot #35 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
11th. 1990 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo L. Aitken-Walker T. Thörner #17 [UNKNOWN] 6:39:10
11th. 1990 WRC Rally New Zealand L. Aitken-Walker T. Thörner #10 [UNKNOWN] 7:27:38
13th. 1990 WRC Rally Australia (WA) L. Aitken-Walker T. Thörner #15 [UNKNOWN] 6:26:19
18th. 1990 WRC Rallye San Remo L. Aitken-Walker T. Thörner #24 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
17th. 1990 WRC Rally of Great Britain L. Aitken-Walker T. Thörner #30 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
12th. 1989 WRC Swedish Rally M. Jonsson L. Bäckman #21 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
9th. 1989 WRC Swedish Rally B. Johannsson A. Olsson #11 [UNKNOWN] 5:07:57
10th. 1989 WRC Swedish Rally H. Eriksson J. Svanström #13 [UNKNOWN] 5:09:31
13th. 1989 WRC Swedish Rally M. Wilson I. Grindrod #12 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
3rd. 1989 WRC Rally New Zealand M. Wilson I. Grindrod #7 [UNKNOWN] 7:03:24
4th. 1989 WRC Rally New Zealand M. Jonsson L. Bäckman #18 [UNKNOWN] 7:04:06
6th. 1989 WRC Rally Australia (WA) M. Wilson I. Grindrod #11 [UNKNOWN] 5:53:00
10th. 1989 WRC Rally of Great Britain M. Wilson I. Grindrod #7 [UNKNOWN] 6:40:11
18th. 1989 WRC Rally of Great Britain L. Aitken-Walker E. Morgan #35 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
13th. 1989 WRC Rally of Great Britain M. Jonsson L. Bäckman #26 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
5th. 1988 WRC Swedish Rally H. Eriksson J. Svanström #36 [UNKNOWN] 5:14:08
6th. 1988 WRC Swedish Rally B. Johannsson A. Olsson #27 [UNKNOWN] 5:14:17
8th. 1988 WRC Swedish Rally M. Wilson I. Grindrod #16 [UNKNOWN] 5:16:18
43rd. 1988 WRC Acropolis Rally H. Kaltsounis . UNKNOWN #96 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
1st. 1988 WRC Rally New Zealand S. Haider F. Hinterleitner #3 [UNKNOWN] 7:38:39
10th. 1988 WRC Rally of Finland M. Jonsson L. Bäckman #18 [UNKNOWN] 4:56:48
9th. 1988 WRC Rally of Great Britain M. Jonsson L. Bäckman #23 [UNKNOWN] 7:44:56
29th. 1988 WRC Rally of Great Britain D. Bell M. Broad #15 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
12th. 1987 WRC Swedish Rally B. Johannsson A. Olsson #21 [UNKNOWN] 4:17:47
13th. 1987 WRC Swedish Rally M. Jonsson L. Bäckman #16 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
9th. 1987 WRC Safari Rally R. Aaltonen L. Drews #9 [UNKNOWN] 8:08:10
22nd. 1987 WRC Acropolis Rally J. Pesmazoglou . UNKNOWN #41 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
10th. 1987 WRC Rallye San Remo S. Haider J. Pattermann #15 [UNKNOWN] 6:33:36
6th. 1987 WRC Rallye San Remo G. Fréquelin D. Breton #10 [UNKNOWN] 6:20:37
7th. 1987 WRC Rally of Great Britain M. Jonsson J. Johannsson #21 [UNKNOWN] 5:48:36
9th. 1986 WRC Swedish Rally B. Johannsson A. Olsson #27 [UNKNOWN] 5:41:22
12th. 1986 WRC Swedish Rally M. Jonsson J. Johannsson #29 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
16th. 1986 WRC Rally of Great Britain P. Airikkala R. McNamee #29 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
24th. 1986 WRC Rally of Great Britain A. Wood M. Nicholson #30 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
10th. 1985 WRC Swedish Rally K. Eriksson B. Thorszelius #23 [UNKNOWN] 5:10:22
12th. 1985 WRC Rally of Great Britain A. Wood M. Nicholson #29 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
23rd. 1985 WRC Rally of Great Britain S. Nicholls N. Grist #37 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00

Opel Kadett (E) Retirements

This is an unofficial Car Model Retirements list and may be incomplete.

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 1991 WRC Tour de Corse B. Thiry S. Prevot #24 [UNKNOWN] SS99 engine
Ret. 1990 WRC Rally of Great Britain C. Birkbeck S. Harris #44 [UNKNOWN] SS18 engine
Ret. 1990 WRC Rally of Finland J. Kytölehto K. Jokinen #30 [UNKNOWN] SS5 electrics
Ret. 1990 WRC Tour de Corse L. Aitken-Walker T. Thörner #12 [UNKNOWN] SS23 engine
Ret. 1990 WRC Safari Rally A. Anwar M. Verjee #19 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1990 WRC Rallye de Portugal L. Aitken-Walker T. Thörner #18 [UNKNOWN] SS4 crash
Ret. 1989 WRC Rally of Great Britain S. Haider M. Nicholson #10 [UNKNOWN] SS23 driveshaft
Ret. 1989 WRC Rally Australia (WA) S. Haider F. Hinterleitner #8 [UNKNOWN] SS14 withdrawn
Ret. 1989 WRC Rally of Finland S. Haider F. Hinterleitner #13 [UNKNOWN] SS38 crash
Ret. 1989 WRC Rally of Finland M. Jonsson L. Bäckman #17 [UNKNOWN] SS16 engine
Ret. 1988 WRC Rally of Great Britain C. Birkbeck T. Godden #70 [UNKNOWN] SS15 engine
Ret. 1988 WRC Rally of Great Britain D. Metcalfe M. Nicholson #69 [UNKNOWN] SS13 engine
Ret. 1988 WRC Rally of Great Britain M. Wilson I. Grindrod #18 [UNKNOWN] SS33 suspension
Ret. 1988 WRC Acropolis Rally M. Wilson I. Grindrod #19 [UNKNOWN] SS17 differential
Ret. 1988 WRC Safari Rally H. Mikkola S. Harjanne #3 [UNKNOWN] SS18 engine
Ret. 1988 WRC Safari Rally S. Haider L. Drews #10 [UNKNOWN] SS43 engine
Ret. 1988 WRC Swedish Rally M. Jonsson L. Bäckman #13 [UNKNOWN] SS22 driveshaft
Ret. 1987 WRC Rally of Great Britain D. Bell M. Nicholson #14 [UNKNOWN] SS7 engine
Ret. 1987 WRC Rally of Great Britain M. Wilson M. Broad #23 [UNKNOWN] SS3 engine
Ret. 1987 WRC Rally of Great Britain S. Haider R. Arthur #25 [UNKNOWN] SS25 gearbox
Ret. 1987 WRC Rally of Great Britain A. Wood J. Meadows #27 [UNKNOWN] SS3 engine
Ret. 1987 WRC Rally of Great Britain D. Metcalfe P. Watkins #59 [UNKNOWN] SS9 engine
Ret. 1987 WRC Rally of Great Britain P. Airikkala R. McNamee #58 [UNKNOWN] SS3 engine
Ret. 1987 WRC Rally of Finland M. Jonsson L. Bäckman #14 [UNKNOWN] SS16 suspension
Ret. 1987 WRC Rally of Finland S. Haider F. Hinterleitner #16 [UNKNOWN] SS14 driveshaft
Ret. 1987 WRC Acropolis Rally H. Kaltsounis . UNKNOWN #91 [UNKNOWN] SS32 ?
Ret. 1987 WRC Tour de Corse G. Fréquelin C. Tilber #17 [UNKNOWN] SS4 engine
Ret. 1987 WRC Swedish Rally H. Eriksson J. Svanström #28 [UNKNOWN] SS99 engine
Ret. 1986 WRC Rally of Great Britain D. Metcalfe P. Watkins #68 [UNKNOWN] SS6 engine
Ret. 1985 WRC Rally of Great Britain S. Davison . UNKNOWN #38 [UNKNOWN] SS12 engine
Ret. 1985 WRC Rally of Great Britain P. Airikkala R. McNamee #27 [UNKNOWN] SS51 steering
Ret. 1985 WRC Swedish Rally O. Strömberg P. Carlsson #13 [UNKNOWN] SS8 crash
Ret. 1984 WRC Rally of Great Britain K. Eriksson R. Spjuth #52 [UNKNOWN] SS11 gearbox