The new Vauxhall Astra VXR, which goes on sale next year in the UK, is set to become one of the most powerful cars in its class and the fastest production Astra ever.
It's powered by a 2.0-litre, turbocharged, direct injection engine good for 210kW and a mighty 400Nm of torque. The 0-100kmh sprint rates in the low 5.0 second bracket.
The VXR benefits from a raft of custom made chassis modifications, transforming it into a focused, high-performance coupe. Setting it apart from all other current Astras is a specially developed mechanical limited slip differential, which works on the front wheels. The diff' provides VXR with exceptional lateral grip and traction through bends.
Further changes to the chassis include brakes developed by competition supplier, Brembo, and a fully adaptive FlexRide system. In VXR, FlexRide features not only a Sport button, but a VXR button, offering drivers the choice of two, more focused stages of damper, throttle and steering control.
Much of the chassis sign-off was done at the Northern Loop (Nordschleife) of the Nurburgring, and was overseen by Le Mans 24-hour race winner, "Smokin' Jo" Winkelhock.
The car scores a set of specially sculpted front and rear bumpers, side skirts, an aerodynamic roof spoiler and two exhaust tail pipes in a trapeze shape. Inside, the VXR's cabin gets custom made performance seats with embossed logos in the backs, a flat-bottomed VXR steering wheel and upgraded instruments. Here's hoping.