By: Sam Bisby
If you thought the current Vauxhall Astra VXR was a little tame and perhaps lacked a bit of muscle under the bonnet, then rejoice and behold the new Vauxhall Astra VXR Extreme.
Based on the Opel Astra Cup Race car, the VXR Extreme is officially the fastest-ever production Astra road car ever made by Vauxhall, with the hothatch thought to have around 300bhp – up from the standard VXR’s 276bhp.
The technical details are still being kept close to Vauxhall’s chest and we’ll learn more about the VXR Extreme closer to its Geneva motor show debut in March. However, we do know that the stripped-out hardcore variant features many track day traits, including racing seats, six-point harnesses, aerodynamic upgrades to the exterior and widespread usage of carbonfibre.
Another addition over the standard Astra VXR is one very aggressive looking quad-exit exhaust system that replaces the usual dual-exit unit. New bumpers, bespoke wheels and tyres, along with a huge new fixed rear wing, all make the Astra VXR Extreme look mightily impressive.
The 2.0-litre turbocharged engine in a normal Astra VXR produces 276bhp at 5,300rpm and 295 lb ft of torque, while the powertrain of the Astra Cup cars have an output of 296bhp at 5,600rpm with a similar amount of torque and is a good sign of what will be under the bonnet of the Extreme.
Vauxhall look to be launching the Astra VXR Extreme to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the VXR brand and have produced a model that will be a great testament to the company’s most exciting sub-brand.
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