Vauxhall has announced details of a performance version of its Zafira - the GSi Turbo. It claims the turbocharged seven-seater has MPV versatility and hot hatch performance.

The Zafira's 2.0-litre 16v turbocharged engine produces 189 bhp and 184lb ft of torque, while returning 27.9miles on the combined cycle. Claiming it to be Europe's fastest MPV, Vauxhall says the GSi Turbo can sprint to 62mph in 7.6seconds and reach a top speed of 137mph. To help cope with the extra power, the GSi has retuned DSA (dynamic safety) suspension for improved agility and handling. It also gets brake discs all round.


Turbo badging, a front spoiler, air intake, restyled bumper, rear spoiler and larger 17inch alloys identify it as the GSi model. The sporty interior includes part-leather Recaro front seats, air conditioning, leather covered steering wheel and white dials. Full-size curtain airbags, front and side airbags and active-head restraints on the front seats provide extra safety.

Other standard features include electric windows all round, electric heated mirrors, front fog lamps, multi-info display computer, CD player and remote central locking.

Luggage space can be improved thanks to the split folding and sliding second row bench seat. The Zafira also provides between 490 and 640 litres of load space.

The Zafira GSi Turbo goes on sale in November priced at 19,995.