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smashy

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561 posts

45 months

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Ok ,this is for someone who has bigger brains than me.

Ive been reading about the 276bhp Astra VXR ,the new hot hatch beast on the block.

0-60 in 5.9

Now the new F30 3.0d 0-60 in 5.6

Its nuts to me that hot hatchs arenow out gunned by a diesel ,so would you get as much driving pleasure(noise aside) out of the F30 and still get 20+ MPG into the bargain?

Fox-

11,266 posts

133 months

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The Astra is FWD and therefore launching isn't its strong point. The F30 will have less issues getting that initial power down and the launch is everything for 0-60.

roofer

2,567 posts

98 months

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Front wheels were made for steering, they cannot do both transmission of power and drive without corruption. I know the Astra has a trick diff fitted, however, its steering will still be corrupted, ergo, its ste. HTH.

rumple

4,711 posts

38 months

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roofer said:
Front wheels were made for steering, they cannot do both transmission of power and drive without corruption. I know the Astra has a trick diff fitted, however, its steering will still be corrupted, ergo, its ste. HTH.
Didnt the new VXR have a good review ?, for once.

Fox-

11,266 posts

133 months

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rumple said:
Didnt the new VXR have a good review ?, for once.
When compared with a load of other FWD big power hatchbacks? Quite possibly.
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smashy

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561 posts

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Well you guys that said the FWD would be an issue ,this from the Telegraph which gave it a very favourable review,youwere right.



Well, it's fast and then some. From a standing start to 60mph takes 5.9sec, the turbo kicking in from 1,400rpm and providing a huge wedge of torque that takes you to 5,000rpm and beyond. In a straight line, and despite those clever suspension struts, the resultant scrabble as the front tyres claw for traction still results in some torque steer, which can make overtaking a bit of a heart in mouth affair. As a result, you hold the Astra's wheel like a lively toddler's reins at a themepark, all the while the engine's coarse growl is accompanied by a theatrical woosh from the sports exhaust. The result is a car that you tend to drive the VXR in short accelerative bursts, allowing a small pause after each gear change so that you can get both hands back on the wheel before squeezing the throttle all the way to the floor.


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