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The Opel Kadett E is a compact car of the Adam Opel AG, which was established as a successor to the Opel Kadett D August 1984 to May 1993.

It was the fifth model produced since the mid-1962 series Opel Kadett/Astra. In East Africa, this generation has been marketed as the Opel Astra.

In just nine years, ran a total of 3,779,289 copies of the tape.

The Kadett E was offered in four body shapes:

At its market launch in August 1984 were both the three-or five-door hatchback versions, as well as the five-door station wagon also three or caravan merchants. The latter was offered in three-door version as vans without rear side windows.

In September 1985, followed shortly after the IAA presentation the notchback variant, which was called by Opel "shape rear".

The Kadett E was also used as the basis for produced from January 1986 to July 1994 panel van with the model name Opel Combo. While the van has the shape of the caravan, the combo with its higher roof, its longer wheelbase, its leaf-spring rear suspension and its side-opening rear doors is a real van.

In May 1987 was taken as the final version, the convertible on the market, which was designed and built by Bertone. Because of its optimized in the wind tunnel streamlined body he soon received the nickname "wind egg".

Opel Kadett Caravan (1984-1989)

Rear view

Opel Kadett Saloon (1985-1989)

Special reconstruction of the Kadett Caravan manufactured by AMF-Bruns, Apen (1988)

In February 1989, the series received a facelift, which was outwardly recognizable by the smaller grille.

In July 1991, the production of the last cadet series has been completed. His successor was given the name "Astra". As the only model variant still remained until May 1993, the Cabriolet in the program before it was replaced by the open version of the Astra in late summer.

Opel Kadett three-door (1989-1991)

Opel Kadett five-door hatchback (1989-1991)

Opel Kadett Saloon (1989-1991)

The Opel Kadett E was mainly offered with the following engines which are transverse mounted and all four cylinders, the GSi 16V double overhead camshafts are installed:

The chassis of the Kadett E was only slightly modified from the previous model Kadett D taken. As a typical representative of front driven compact car, it has independent suspension at the front of MacPherson struts with lower wishbones and a twist beam axle at the rear. As Transmission Four-and five-speed manual transmission vehicle were fitted with manual operation, and there was for some engines, a three-speed transmission with automatic actuation of the type THM 125 from the shelf of the parent company General Motors.

The Opel Kadett E was first offered in the following basic versions:

Over the Kadett E production still some special models were added:

After the facelift version 1989, the range was renewed:

Convertible versions:

Equipment options abroad:

Special conversions:

Opel Kadett Tiffany

Opel Kadett Miami

Opel Kadett California

Opel Kadett Jubilee

Opel Kadett Snow

Opel Kadett Beauty

Opel Kadett Caravan Club

Opel Kadett Caravan Club Special

Opel Kadett Life

Opel Kadett Fun

Opel Kadett Arizona

The Opel Kadett E GSi was initially offered only with the hatchback and since 1990 also with the convertible body. He was at the beginning with the 1.8-liter petrol engines (internal ID: 18E) (115hp) with 85 kW of power without a catalyst. From 1986, he was only with the 2.0-liter engines (internal ID: C20NE) equipped with catalytic converters.

The Kadett GSi has gas-filled shock absorbers and compared to the other models tighter and deeper by about 15 mm springs. The engines of the Kadett GSi have an oil cooler with thermostat. The Kadett GSi was to have on demand with anti-lock brakes and power steering. The version without power steering has a steering damper. At the front of the Opel Kadett GSi is equipped with internally ventilated disc brakes.

The bumpers are designed voluminous, to the side sills plastic panels are attached, the side protection strips are narrower, in the hood ventilation devices were integrated, the rear lights were darkened by embedded plastic strip. Furthermore, the rear fog light is located in the rear bumper, making the Kadett GSi has two reversing lights, the rear wiper was moved due to the rear spoiler and a Driven hole in the rear window. In addition to the B-pillar and the rear hatch between the rear lights is covered with black foil. The Opel emblems are mounted on the hood, as well as on the tailgate in the form of foil. Through these measures, the GSi variant clearly look different from the basic models.

Electric windows and electric and heated mirrors, plus an on-board computers were available as accessories. The trip computer displays the current fuel consumption, remaining range, average speed, average fuel consumption, stopwatch and time.

Inside, the Kadett GSi also differs among other things, sports seats, LCD instruments, three-spoke steering wheel with GSi emblem, Check Control system in the upper part of the dashboard, also changed seat covers and two reading lights and door panels of the basic models. As a special bonus, there was desired seats and side panels covered with genuine Connolly leather.

Also noteworthy: In the three-door hatchback version of the GSi reached a drag coefficient of only 0.30, which was a world record in the compact class then and was unmatched by any other vehicle (Golf II GTI: 0.37). This value is also evidence that the wind-tunnel tested Verspoilerung the GSi variant was not only optical but target function and both the buoyancy significantly decreased and the drag coefficient reduced (Normal Version Kadett Hatchback: cw-value = 0.32)

The inventory of Kadett GSi in Germany has decreased dramatically in recent years. At the respective reporting dates, the following number of vehicles was registered with the Federal Motor Vehicle Office:

With 18E engine (Hersteller-/Typschlüsselnummer 0039/642):

With C20NE engine (Hersteller-/Typschlüsselnummer 0039/673):

The Kadett GSi 16V in the spring of 1988 came on the market and is the first Opel high-volume model with four valves per cylinder. The peculiarity of the motor used (internal ID: C20XE for the variants with regulated catalytic converter) is the joint development of very elaborate cylinder head with Cosworth in England. The engine features unlike the GSi 8V 2.0l (C20NE) over a manifold as well as a knock control. Compared to C20NE is also the suction pipe made much more complicated.

The Kadett GSi 16V is adapted in numerous points to the power of the engine. Thus, the rear axle was equipped with disc brakes (two-piston fixed caliper) instead of drum brakes. In addition, reinforced stabilizers are used, together with additional stabilizer at the rear axle. In the area of ​​the body, the Kadett 16V a continuous center cross member on the front and a flatter lower cross member forward, causing the slightly narrower, but higher cooler place found. In addition, the wheel arches in the upper part are reinforced at the transition to the A pillar. In the area of ​​steering and the chassis, there are modifications. The five-speed manual transmission (F20) of the Kadett 16V power of the engine has also been adjusted. The body had a drag coefficient of 0.30 and a frontal area of ​​2.03 m², giving a very good air resistance index of 0.61.

The interior differs by another shift knob (leather) and the 16V emblem on the steering wheel from the GSi 2.0 from. Externally, the Kadett GSi 16V Kadett GSi from is distinguished by a 16V-sign on the front apron as well as on the tailgate. It also has a muffler with rectangular tailpipes.

The special model Kadett GSi champion who was like the series GSi available with the 2.0i 8V (C20NE) and with the 2.0i 16V (C20XE) was only in the last 1991 model offered (from September 1990). He was fitted with optional leather seats and Recaro leather-covered door panels, which are covered with English Connolly leather and has some other features. The leather was meant not only for the best-selling three-door. Also, the five-door GSi could be ordered with leather upholstery, which, however, few buyers, due to the high the surcharge, did. So the leather trim for the five-door cost more than DM 1,200 for the three-door model. Thus, the five-door cost with no extras already about 42,000 DM five-door variant with full equipment in its original state is therefore a rarity today, not least because of the five-door was sold considerably less common than the three-door. Also standard were the 15-inch alloy wheels with cross-spoke design with 185/55 R15 tires. It was next to the Kadett Cabrio special edition of the only German cadet model with standard 15-inch wheels.

The Kadett GSi 16V inventory of (Hersteller-/Typschlüsselnummer 0039/773) in Germany has decreased dramatically in recent years. At the respective reporting dates, the following number of vehicles was registered with the Federal Motor Vehicle Office:

The factory specifications for the Kadett GSi 16V denominated 8.0 secondsto accelerate from 0 to 100km/h and 217km/h top speed.

The Kadett GSi 16V was at that time with 110 kW (150hp) its direct competitor, the Golf II GTI 16V version with catalyst, 95 kW (129hp) made far superior in the area of ​​performance and needed simultaneously less fuel than other competing models.

The Kadett E as GT and Frisco has a slightly different, shorter gear ratio and some special features. For example, modified bumper (from model year 1987), sports seats and a standard tachometer.

The model Frisco was also equipped as standard with ABS. In addition, there were at Frisco on A hydraulic power steering and a seat height adjustment and the rear side panels (only three-door) with respect to match the upholstery in the same material.

The model GT and Frisco were exclusively with the known 1,6 i engine (C16NZ or E16 NZ – 75 PS) – equipped and the first time in 1990 available engine 1.8 i (90HP C18NZ). The GT version, there were between 1986 and 1988 with the C16LZ, ​​from 1989, the C16NZ was installed. The 2.0-liter engine (85 kW/116hp) was available in two models only in the sedan variant.

In GT, there were three stages of evolution:

GT 1 engines 13S/SC and 16SH (carburettor engines) GT 2: Motors C16LZ/NZ, C18NZ and C20NE (only notchback, or Club Special) GT 3: Engines C16NZ, C18NZ and C20NE (only notchback, or Club Special) → also applies to the Frisco

Carburettor engines were determined from the GT 2, only for the market in Southern Europe.

Similar to the GT of the Caravan Club was special in design. It has the same features as the GT, only available here for the caravan deeper rear apron trim. The engine range also pulled on the famous C16NZ, C18NZ and otherwise available only in the sedan C20NE.

The produced at Bertone in Turin convertible variant of the Kadett E was from August 1991 (only in the registration papers continue as a cadet) referred to in the sale only as Opel Cabrio and equipped even in weaker engine variants with the details of the Kadett GSi body.

Due to production problems of the Successor of the Kadett Astra Cabrio convertible was produced until May 1993, during the production of the other models was set in July 1991. Shortly before the end of production, there was the Kadett Cabrio only special models, they were called, for example Sportive Edition, Edition Elegance, Fun Edition or Bertone Edition.

The Kadett E was the last compact car of Opel in Germany with the traditional names Kadett, the successor was named Astra (Astra F), previously sold under the Vauxhall Cadet in the UK. In South Africa, the Astra F was further sold under the name Opel Kadett F.

The Kadett E was offered as first developed in Germany model after a twenty year break again on the American market. The local, externally modified variant called Pontiac LeMans and was produced by Daewoo in South Korea. After the vesting period set by General Motors in 1995 expiry of the Daewoo Nexia was also offered in Europe.

The car was also sold under the following names:

Vauxhall Astra Mk. II

Pontiac LeMans

The production took place mainly at Daewoo in South Korea. Later, the models and Nexia Cielo were also still produced in Craiova, Romania and India. The Uzbek companies UzDaewoo manufactures the Nexia today, in a revised form, at its plant in Asaka.

The cadet being or has been used as the basis for the following vehicles:

Asüna SE

Daewoo Racer

Daewoo Nexia

Daewoo Fantasy

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Discontinued product models:

Small Car: Chevette | Tigra | Tigra | Corsa (A, B, C) | Vita (A, B)

Compact Class: Olympia A | K-180 | Kadett (A, B, C, D, E) | Astra (F, G, H)

Mittelklasse: Olympia Rekord | Rekord (P1, P2) | Ascona (A, B, C) | 1900 | Vectra (A, B, C) | Manta | Calibra

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