Production confirmed for 300bhp Vauxhall Astra Extreme

Production confirmed for 300bhp Vauxhall Astra Extreme

Most powerful front-wheel drive Vauxhall ever will come to the UK in low volumes in 2015

The Vauxhall Astra VXR Extreme, unveiled at the Geneva motor show, will come to the UK in right-hand drive form in 2015.

Speaking to Autocar at the show, a company spokesman said that the UK market was an important one for hot hatches and performance cars, and the success of the VXR brand meant that the Extreme will definitely be sold here.

The Extreme, based on an Astra VXR, is described as a track car for the road, and was influenced by the specification of the German OPC Cup race cars. It uses a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine with over 300bhp, hooked up to a manual six-speed gearbox. This, too, has been heavily modified, with different ratios and made from lighter, stronger materials.

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