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  • Why we should be over the moon!!!

    This picture made me think:



    Did you ever think you would see the day that Vauhall would produce their peformance series? BMW have always had the M cars and Mercedes have always had AMG, but who could have pre-empted the VXR range?

    This is the sort of image I longed for as a young man, always supported Vauxhall cos I always just liked them, and apart form their 3.0 V6's there were never any real performance models available.

    The VXR range could not have been pre-empted by anybody but never the less Vauxhall fans have been rewareded for their loyalty.

    But what a reward, as a result of my faith in Vauxhall and 7 years tied into various HP payments on other VX cars, I managed to get a great deal on a VXR. The VXR range is awesome, it is still fairly new and people still don't know alot about VXR but by god will that change slowly but surely. Vauxhall have a history of making good turbo's, unlike some of the French and German rivals. Hence why the range is so effective. And as for styling say no more.

    So well done Vauxhall and thanks for creating this stunning tange of cars.

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    I agree.. up to now I have never owned a VX and vowed I never would but the VXR and new astra really changed my mind. My husband however owned a Corsa (first ever car) then a Calibra back 4 years ago, then a Veccie 2.5 Super Touring and now we have the VXR. He did convince me that VX were good and the fact I have had people who own SLK350's and such drive this car and say how impressed they are with the stylin, handling and speed makes it even more worth the while.

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    • #3
      A big hefing here here!!!!!!!!!!!!!


      Im 25 now had nothing but Vauxhall since i was 17 and I cant agree more with that............

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      • #4
        So you like the picture then....

        Well I've always had Ford RS's 6 of them to be exact from the MK2 RS2000 right up to the mighty Escort Cosworth.

        However it was the shody treatment by Ford over my wifes Ford Fiesta (she had bought it brand new), it started corroding on the inside of the rear hatch, now I've always prided myself on what ever car the wife or I have owned its always been cleaned that little bit extra (used to Concours RS1600I and a Series 1 Turbo)

        So we was a little bit miffed at the treatment, however the local Ford dealer stepped in and honoured the warranty at their cost. I was also having the Cossie serviced by them at this time.

        Well after that fopar by Ford we swapped alleagance and have owned VW's since, but VX's GSI has always floated my boat, but were always out of reach price was especially as a 3rd car, however since seeing the a red Vectra VXR earlier this year, I knew I had to have one....so well done GM

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        • #5
          Nice article . VXR/OPC is really great! The best looking range in my opinion, not like M for example. Looks like every other BMW, but has got 4 exhausts :? .

          But one question: You said Vauxhall always made good turbos. Where are the VXR motors produced? Doesn't Opel build them together with an other company? Or am I wrong?

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          • #6
            I fully agree AO its great having the VXR range of cars, don't think other main stream manufacturers have this..

            But thats not completely true. Don't forget Vauxhall did have the GTE range, Astra Nova, Manta. Then the GSi, Astra Nova Manta (Opel), Cavalier, all pushing the performance sector. But the VXR have performance, quality, dynamics and presence.


            The Astra GTE 16v led the way for engines and although not the best handling car certainely was way ahead of the opposition in the engine development, LCD dash. aero dynamics.

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            • #7
              Yep me too....

              Beemer man im afraid and vauxhalls were just well uncool................

              TILL NOW!!!
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              • #8
                Originally posted by TwinSport

                But one question: You said Vauxhall always made good turbos. Where are the VXR motors produced? Doesn't Opel build them together with an other company? Or am I wrong?
                IIRC the engine in the Vectra is a Saab unit. Not sure about the other models

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                • #9
                  Yup, it was a joint development between GM (Holden) and Saab. Built by Holden in Port Melbourne, Australia, and shipped to Germany, it's the best engine of any car I've ever owned.

                  dv.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by dvinell
                    , it's the best engine of any car I've ever owned.
                    dv.
                    of course, its an aussie engine, wouldnt expect anything less

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                    • #11
                      About time you guys got something right

                      Really, it is a great engine. It burbles away, and I can overtake in 6th if I'm not in the mood, or drop a couple of gears and waaaaahhhh off we go, if you want to have some fun winding up the BMW's

                      And any time you want Nicole Kidman back, just ask...

                      dv.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Moschops
                        Originally posted by TwinSport

                        But one question: You said Vauxhall always made good turbos. Where are the VXR motors produced? Doesn't Opel build them together with an other company? Or am I wrong?
                        IIRC the engine in the Vectra is a Saab unit. Not sure about the other models

                        If your reffering to the Veccy VXR 2.8 turbo lump, its actually not actually a SAAB engine, but an Aussie built Holden Based lump which goes in, Holden, Cadalac, Vauxhall, SAAB.
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                        • #13
                          i agree vx as come on a long way and now sits top of the pile of totally awesome motors and they look the nuts
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                          • #14
                            the astra vxr engine is a vauxhall engine through and through.

                            although some may argue that the block is the same as the early xe (redtop) which was partly desigend by cosworth
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                            • #15
                              To me the Astra Vxr is just another great car from Vaux, only just as good as my MK2 Cav was or any of my Astra GTE's when I had them.

                              The Vxr certainly aint the creation of something new and previously unseen but only the evolution of what has come before.

                              It's all about the history and heritage. :wink:

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