Vauxhall adds potent BiTurbo engine to usually sedate Zafira rangeVauxhall

In a move that will have the "Little Dads" from the popular television adverts scoffing into their beachside picnic, Vauxhall has introduced a powerful 2-litre BiTurbo diesel engine to its MPV model.

The move comes after Vauxhall recently introduced similarly powerful engines to its Astra and insignia range and the Luton-based firm hopes it will further broaden the Zafira's appeal to big dads (and mums) who want big kicks.

Powered by a 2.0-litre 192bhp diesel engine, the Zafira Tourer BiTurbo is capable of a 135mph top speed and will happily sprint from 0-60mph in just 8.5 seconds, making it one of the fastest diesel-powered, seven-seat MPVs on the market.

Start/Stop technology also helps the BiTurbo achieve an impressive combined fuel economy figure of just 50.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 149g/km.

Vauxhall adds potent BiTurbo engine to usually sedate Zafira rangeVauxhall


The Vauxhall's performance figures will impress families who fancy a bit more poke to their daily runaround and the potent Zafira will also be available with FlexRide electronic chassis control that can be adapted at the flick of a switch for a firmer, more involving drive.

Duncan Aldred, Vauxhall's Chairman and Managing Director, commented: "Vauxhall is currently the only manufacturer to offer a sophisticated BiTurbo engine on a seven-seat MPV.

"It provides a perfect blend of high performance, impressive fuel economy and premium class quality in a seven-seat layout."

Nothing much rivals the sporty Vauxhall, the closest being Mazda's 7-seater Mazda5 that wades in around £6,000 cheaper but drops nearly 50bhp under the bonnet and is 2.5 seconds slower to 60mph from standstill.

Pre-orders for the Zafira Tourer BiTurbo are now beign taken, with prices starting from £27,685 on-the-road, the first models will arrive in showrooms in spring 2013.