Vauxhall Astra VXR Extreme to enter production following Geneva debut

Vauxhall Astra VXR Extreme to enter production following Geneva debut

Fastest front-wheel-drive Vauxhall ever gets over 296bhp from 2.0-litre turbo engine and can reach 60mph in 5.9sec

The Vauxhall Astra VXR Extreme is likely to enter low-volume production if its reception at the Geneva motor show next week is positive.

If the car gets the green light for production, it will become the most powerful front-wheel-drive car in Vauxhall’s history.

The VXR Exteme develops “over 296bhp” from its 2.0-litre turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine. The powerplant, which also features variable cam phasing, drives through a six-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential.

By comparison, Standard VXRs produce 276bhp at 5300rpm and 295 lb ft at 2400-4800rpm, allowing for 0-60mph in 5.9sec and a top speed of 155mph.

Vauxhall says the concept is 100kg lighter than the standard Astra VXR, in part thanks to the use of aluminium in place of steel and carbonfibre, which is used for the roof, bonnet, rear wing, diffuser, front spoiler, suspension cross brace, rear wheelhouse vents and the wheels themselves.

The front wings are pressed from aluminium instead of steel and weigh just 800g each, instead of 2.2kg for the standard VXR’s steel wings, while the carbonfibre roof weighs just 2.6kg compared with 9.3kg for the standard VXR’s steel roof. Vauxhall claims that the weight saving measures and lowered centre of gravity“greatly improve agility and overall handling”.

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