GENEVA 2012: VAUXHALL ASTRA VXR
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There's some serious attention been paid to the spec of the chassis, too. As with its GTC hatch/coupe cousin, the new VXR comes equipped with Vauxhall's HiPer Strut front suspension, which helps to both improve agility and reduce torque steer. On top of that there's also a proper mechanical LSD, adaptive switchable dampers and a Nurburgring sign-off programme helped along by touring car hero (and Le Mans winner) Jo Winkelhock.
Visual tweaks take the form of unique front and rear bumpers, side skirts, an aerodynamic roof spoiler and two trapezoidal exhaust tail pipes. Inside, the VXR's cabin gets 'performance' seats with embossed logos in the backs, a flat-bottomed VXR steering wheel and upgraded instruments.
UK cars will also get a £995 optional styling pack, which includes a bi-plane rear spoiler, 20-inch wheels, and an extra-chunky side skirt (which you can see it on the red car).