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    VXR Torque of the Devil Dougie's Avatar
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    Default New Astra VXR Photos and Press Release


    VAUXHALL’S ALL-NEW 155MPH ASTRA VXR REVEALED



    · First pics released of most powerful production Astra ever built
    · Trailblazing 280PS and 400Nm outputs trounce those of key rivals
    · Bespoke chassis with limited slip diff and Brembo brakes














    VAUXHALL’S ALL-NEW 155MPH ASTRA VXR REVEALED


    · First pics released of most powerful production Astra ever built
    · Trailblazing 280PS and 400Nm outputs trounce those of key rivals
    · Bespoke chassis with limited slip diff and Brembo brakes
    · On sale in 2012

    Luton – Hot on the heels of the recently launched GTC, these are the first official pics of the new Astra VXR, which goes on sale next year and is set to become one of the most powerful cars in its class and the fastest production Astra in Vauxhall’s history.

    Based on the GTC’s platform and powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged direct injection engine, the Astra VXR produces 280hp of power and a mighty 400Nm of torque, enough for it to achieve a top speed of 155mph.

    But while the Astra VXR is based on the new GTC, it has benefited from a raft of bespoke chassis modifications, transforming it into a focused, high-performance coupe. Setting it apart from all other current Astras is a specially developed mechanical limited slip differential, which works on the front wheels. In conjunction with the GTC’s sophisticated HiPerStrut (High Performance Strut), the LSD provides the Astra VXR with exceptional lateral grip and traction through bends.

    Further changes to the chassis include brakes developed by competition supplier, Brembo, and standard fitment of Vauxhall’s fully adaptive FlexRide system. In the Astra VXR, FlexRide features not only a Sport button, but a VXR button, offering drivers the choice of two, more focused stages of damper, throttle and steering control.



    Much of the chassis sign-off was done at the Northern Loop (Nordschleife) of the Nürburgring, and was overseen by Le Mans 24-hour race winner, “Smokin’ Jo” Winkelhock. “We have devised a great package that will convince even the most experienced and enthusiastic drivers – and not just on the Nürburgring!” said Winkelhock.

    Visual identifiers for the Astra GTC comprise a set of specially sculpted front and rear bumpers, side skirts, an aerodynamic roof spoiler and two exhaust tail pipes in a trapeze shape. Inside, the VXR’s cabin gets bespoke performance seats with embossed logos in the backs, a flat-bottomed VXR steering wheel and upgraded instruments.

    The UK is by far the Astra VXR’s biggest market in Europe, so sales interest in the car is set to be strong. More details, including pricing and on-sale dates, will be revealed early next year.

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    VXR Nothing comes close IanJ's Avatar
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    Loving it - seats are awesome!!!

    Astra

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    Awsome
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    i think royboy posted this 5 mins ago lol

    any idea when the first cars will be available for press?





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    Looking good


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    I can I order an Arden one now ???
    Heko wind deflectors,Breather box,Remus (Cat back ..custom joints) Blue SMD's,Cruise Control, Stainless vent covers,Insignia washer jets, CDTi conversion, ITG Panel filter, 3 Gauge Kit, Precat Pipe,RARB and a bloody big smile!!! ...

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    Love it, decisions decisions. New house or car
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    Nice but I think i'll be sticking with the mk4. Why only 280bhp? have we given up on chasing the Focus RS?

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    love the seats
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