Geneva 2012: Vauxhall Astra VXR


This is the new Vauxhall Astra VXR (ignore the Opel badges, please), which has had its first in-the-metal unveiling at Geneva.


The headline figures for the new hot Astra are 280hp and 295lb ft from the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which makes it one of the most powerful hot hatches in its class, as well as the most powerful production Astra ever.

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.


The Vauxhall-badged version will cost £26,995 when it goes on sale later this year. This makes it more expensive than the Megane Renaultsport, but cheaper on like-for-like spec (says Vauxhall, at least).

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).

 



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  • dorme 08 Mar 2012

    dhariwab said:
    you could say the same for most of the offerings from the big German companies
    You could, but these are both us companies with competing cars.

  • dhariwab 08 Mar 2012

    you could say the same for most of the offerings from the big German companies

  • dorme 08 Mar 2012

    jesus! 27k! for a bland looking hot hatch?!

    this car makes the Focus RS look like the bargain of the century, its was released with an rrp of 25k! for 300bhp.

    sort it out vauxhall, you can get some truly great cars for that, fully specced were looking at 30k?

  • dhariwab 07 Mar 2012

    Rammy76 said:


    Not my idea of a 'sporty' looking interior, and that steering wheel is awful!

    It's a nice enough looking car and I'm sure it goes/handles well enough, but I'm afraid I couldn't spend that sort of money on it.

    I'd rather have a Clio 197 and save a lot of money, it's the closest to my idea of a hot hatch money can buy IMO.
    Bland black plastic like any other fast eurobox Golf R32/S3 e.t.c. All pretty similar but then people want to play it safe I suppose.

  • Rammy76 07 Mar 2012



    Not my idea of a 'sporty' looking interior, and that steering wheel is awful!

    It's a nice enough looking car and I'm sure it goes/handles well enough, but I'm afraid I couldn't spend that sort of money on it.

    I'd rather have a Clio 197 and save a lot of money, it's the closest to my idea of a hot hatch money can buy IMO.

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