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    Default Vectra VXR 255 or 280 bhp?

    Hi guys, first post here. I'm looking at buying a Vectra VXR but nobody seems to know if their car is a 255bhp or 280bhp. How can you tell if it has 255bhp or 280bhp? Is it down to engine code?

    More to the point is it worth worrying about as even with 255bhp it's going to be entertaining!

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    The 280 version will have the engine power 206KW on the sticker inside the drivers door and the 255 is about 188KW. The 280 has some suspension tweaks but also the higher tax bracket . Personally if I was buying one now it would be the 255 version and then re-map it then you would have the same power as a mapped 280 but with the cheaper road tax

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    Cheers Davie, that will save a lot of head scratching and humming & hoing!

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    If you're going to keep it standard, you might want the 280, but once you've remapped a 255 and made a hole in the airbox, you're in the same place anyway, apart from some minor suspension tweaks.

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    defo pre march 2006 which is the 255 iirc due to the tax. in two years you can buy the remap just off the tax savings.

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    Yep as davie says, get the 255. I got the 280 and had a remap done by Courtenay Sport for £575. The same remap will take both cars to approx 300bhp and 400Ftlbs torque. So there is a cracking gain for the 255 and if I can feel the extra power and torque massively in what was a 280, its gonna be jawdropping with the 255 I reckon. Anyway if you hang on til after Billing, you can buy mine
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