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  • Hello all newbie here needs some advice

    Hello all nice to finally join a vxr owners forum, im Mike by the way...

    Anyway, what it is, i am currently in the market for a hot hatch i shall be buying around early March, the choices i've narrowed it down too is either an astra vxr or a ford focus st 2.5T.

    Now i know everything about the ST's ive done my research on them for about a month but im not 100% convinced... Ive test driven 4 now and they are nice but im still yet to test drive an astra vxr...i dont want to buy an ST but regret getting a vxr

    What i need is please if possible is anything i need to look for when looking for a vxr astra, what are the turbos like? are they very strong units or are they a bit weaker like the astra coupe ones z20let???

    I have been out in my mates vxr it had 285bhp with the remus exhaust and remap and it was fantastic but unfortunately i never test drove it!

    This is where it gets interesting, my uncle is a senior mechanic at a vauxhall dealership in northants...this will help out with services/repairs etc so everything is pulling me to buy the vxr i just need more technical info for you gurus please...

    What are the best remap firms? Which are the best exhausts? - how much will they set me back?

    I would like to install a cat back exhaust system, decat, panel filter and remap - how much bhp would i be producing roughly?

    Any vxr tuning companies around the midlands?

    Sorry ive gone on but thank you very very much in advance.

    Mike

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    VXR Tuning Companies:

    www.courtenaysport.co.uk
    www.regal-shop.co.uk
    www.thorneymotorsport.co.uk
    www.midpointgarage.co.uk
    www.dap-performance.co.uk

    Remus turbo back £850
    Miltek turbo back £1000ish

    You can expect gains of about 15-20bhp from the exhausts. ECU remaps cost around £500 and by the end of that you are, with panel filters, sparks, and exhaust more than likely around the 290ps mark.
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    • #3
      Hi dude,

      there is a member on here who owned a VXR then went to the dark side and bought an ST, i think he only lasted a couple of months with the ST and came back to the VXR i am sure he will introduce himself and give you the lowdown on both cars merits

      Astra VXR = to drive it is to love it

      check out Jan edition of Total Vauxhall for a review of the Dreamscience Stratagem remap!
      Tuned by RnD Motorsport

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      • #4
        your on a vxr forum so majority will say astra vxr . plus you got relatives working at vx so thats even better for yourselve . get test driving the vxr and you`ll feel the difference , can`t comment on tuning as mines always been standard but there`s loads of mods to be done ,

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        • #5


          Hi which remap companies do you guys recommend? Is it bluefin and dreamscience is there any others too?

          I wonder if my mate was off this forum, his name is Bhav, asian lad, does anyone know of him? His vxr was black....

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          • #6
            Originally posted by havoc856 View Post
            VXR Tuning Companies:

            www.courtenaysport.co.uk
            www.regal-shop.co.uk
            www.thorneymotorsport.co.uk
            www.midpointgarage.co.uk
            www.dap-performance.co.uk

            Remus turbo back £850
            Miltek turbo back £1000ish

            You can expect gains of about 15-20bhp from the exhausts. ECU remaps cost around £500 and by the end of that you are, with panel filters, sparks, and exhaust more than likely around the 290ps mark.
            thanks for that mate, howcome exhausts so expensive? do they not do cat back or just turbo back only?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by JKDVXR View Post
              thanks for that mate, howcome exhausts so expensive? do they not do cat back or just turbo back only?
              Milltek do a catback exhaust, Costs about £390 for the non resonated and £420 for the resonated.
              Tuned by RnD Motorsport

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              • #8
                sorry the hangover is affecting me this morning lol forgot about cat back!
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                • #9
                  I went from an ST to a VXR Nurburgring about 6 months ago. ST is a decent car, sounds good but i felt it wasnt screwed together particularly well, in comparison the Burg seems alot better on that front.
                  Out of the box driving wise the ST handles marginally better but you do feel the heavy 2.5L up front, the VXR can be easily sorted with the addition of a RARB (rear anti roll bar) for around £150.
                  The VXR feels quicker in a straight line, once mapped both will be pretty similar.
                  I'm very happy with the VXR and i wont be going back to an ST, plus ST's are everywhere!!
                  Not interested in a Burg as you get the full Remus as standard?
                  Also i think they usually just sell full systems with sports cat as most of the gains are mainly achieved around the cat and pre-cat areas.
                  ..:: Cheers, Stu ::..

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by duckson View Post
                    The VXR feels quicker in a straight line, once mapped both will be pretty similar.
                    am i reading this right ?
                    you think that once a VXr is mapped then it will be similar to an ST ?
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Geordie076 View Post
                      am i reading this right ?
                      you think that once a VXr is mapped then it will be similar to an ST ?

                      when both cars are mapped mate

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                      • #12
                        thanks for the replies everyone,

                        is the vxr engine reliable? are the turbos strong units?

                        i need to go back into a tuned astra vxr again just to see what they feel like when they're tuned up...

                        i remember my mates being quick but that was about 6 months ago now...

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                        • #13
                          Where abouts are you in northamptonshire? im from corby. i got an astra that i have had tuned. defo get one!
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                          TMS Bluefin Stage 3, Lower mount intercooler, Remus, TMS Alcons, LSD, KW V3's, ITG Filter, Iridium Plugs, Blue SMD Conversion, AFL, Climate, Cruise, S&L, Bluetooth, CD70

                          www.thorneymotorsport.co.uk

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                          • #14
                            I test drove the ST and was impressed with the cars chassis but very underwhelmed with the performance, although the ST pops on overun for fun and sounds lovely.

                            The VXR out of the box definately feels like it has more than the 20hp more than the ST that it should have.The sport button is great I managed 42mpg driving from Loughborough to Corby although that was driving very carefully!!

                            A Bluefin upgrade is a revelation in the VXR, non-sport mode becomes a much smoother drive a less snatchy affair with much more linear torque delivery physically feels slower than before map! Hit the sport button and the car is transformed into an animal and I have a 360hp Escort Cossie to compare it to and it feels quick, very quick!

                            I think the ST's better balanced chassis is comprimised by the heavier block and the addition of a RARB to the VXR would see it on a par with the ST in the handling department. The traction control system is superbly setup never being intrusive allowing just the right level of wheelspin/scrabble to keep things fun lol!

                            As said ST's are 10 a penny but you won't see many VXR's on the road and the people that have seen mine automatically think its something special which is nice

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                            • #15
                              As AndyBrew said the mpg is better on the VXR, mine is 30mpg on the VXR but on the ST on the same journey to work it was 25mpg (mixed town, A road, dual carriageway journey).
                              Also as Andy said and has just reminded me the TCS in the ST is quite intrusive and cuts in alot which can at times throw you forward when you dont expect it, its that bad. The VXR's i dont even know is there, wheels can spin etc and nothing....infact i cant even tell you an instance i know its cut in in the 6 months i've had it.
                              ..:: Cheers, Stu ::..

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