The launch of the Astra VXR variant dubbed “the Extreme” has been confirmed by Vauxhall. This star at the Geneva motor show is a stripped out version that is has been termed as the most powerful speed-packed Astra road machine to be manufactured by Vauxhall to date.
The variant has been created according to the 2013 Opel Astra Cup features. This means that the Extreme is fitted with race-type modifications such as the improved aerodynamic exterior, six-point harnesses, comfortable racing seats and construction of things like the bonnet and doors using carbon fibre as per the Astra Cup racer.
There are a number of other alterations to the Extreme too, such as a redesign to the body-styling, creating a greater look of aggression than the standard model. This has been achieved with the use of a quad-exit exhaust system as opposed to the twin exit featured in standard cars, new bumpers, bespoke wheels and tyres, and a big fixed rear wing.
In relation to the technical specification, the manufacturer has not yet made any firm announcements, but it is expected that the vehicle will have an improvement from the normal VXR 276 horsepower to an enhanced 300 horsepower or more.
The standard version of the VXR uses a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with direct injection and provides 276 horsepower at 5300rmp, which enable the vehicle to move from standstill to 60mph in just 5.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 155 mph.
The Astra cup racers produce 296 horsepower at 5600rpm, and though the torque is similar to the standard versions, the additional weight reduction results in a better speed performance.
The launch of the Astra VXR Extreme concept by Vauxhall is the basis of a low-volume model that will go into production for the future and coincides with the VXR brand’s tenth anniversary. Although the price tag for the new model has not yet been given, it is expected that the Extreme will be priced a notch higher than the standard model’s £27,260 price tag.
So what are you waiting for, get your used car valued here and get ready to buy the new Astra VXR.