Vauxhall VXR Performance

13 Jan 2021 by Lisa Simm

Vauxhall’s performance VXR badge has not been used since 2015, so you can imagine our excitement when we heard that it is to return. Here we take a look at what we can expect from this new era of Vauxhall VXR.

Vauxhall Mokka VXR

The Vauxhall Mokka VXR is the first model Vauxhall plans to release. The Mokka VXR will be Vauxhall’s first hot all-electric model and is to based on the popular Vauxhall Mokka-e crossover. However, in a radical departure from Vauxhall’s tried and tested performance approach, the Mokka VXR is unlikely to have power gains over the original model.

Vauxhall’s managing director, Stephen Norman, said of the power “If you’re asking about top speed and acceleration, we have more than enough. But we can add performance in other ways.”

Instead, performance gains will come from handling tweaks using know-how from their sister brand Opel’s Opel Performance Centre (OPC). Full details are not yet available, but it is thought the Mokka VXR will feature revised suspension, changes to the electronic steering settings and different driving modes. The result will be a more driver-focused model.

As well as tweaks to the workings, the Mokka VXR will feature fresh exterior styling to ensure it stands out from standard models. An evolution, rather than a revolution, it will feature short front and rear overhangs, larger alloys, a new tailgate spoiler, sporty oversized air intakes and a more aggressively styled front spoiler. The result of all of these design tweaks is a more dynamic and sportier stance.

Image of new Vauxhall Mokka and Mokka-e
Vauxhall Mokka VXR set to be based on new Vauxhall Mokka-e shown above

The cabin is also likely to benefit from a style refresh with figure-hugging bucket setas, VXR badging, a firm sports steering wheel and distinctive red trim. Meanwhile, the digital display is likely to receive an update to include new stylised VXR graphics.

The Vauxhall Mokka VXR is likely to arrive next year and will be the first model to bear the VXR badge. But Vauxhall does not plan to stop there as we explain below.

The future of Vauxhall VXR

If you’re craving a new and exciting hot hatch, fear not as Vauxhall plans to introduce a Vauxhall Corsa VXR.

Just like the Mokka VXR, the Corsa VXR will be an all-electric model, and Vauxhall plans to base it on the Vauxhall Corsa-e. By choosing to electrify their performance range, Vauxhall is futureproofing its range while still offering buyers an affordable yet exciting daily drive.

Vauxhall also has plans to bring the VXR badging to its commercial range with a Vauxhall Vivaro VXR van. As the Vivaro already sits on the PSA Groups’ EMP2 platform which is ready for electrification, so it is likely the Vivaro VXR will be electrified. Meanwhile, style-wise it is likely to feature a more robust and sporty look with lower suspension.

Your thoughts on Vauxhall VXR

Are you excited about the re-introduction of the VXR badging? Or are your performance needs already met by the likes of Ford’s ST range, Renault’s RS models, Hyundai’s N performance cars? We’d love to know what your go-to affordable performance make and model is and why. Let us know in the comments below.

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