VAUXHALL WILL GIVE the new Astra VXR it’s public debut at this year’s Geneva motorshow in March.
The Focus ST rival is based on the Astra GTC coupe and is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine producing a whopping 284bhp and 295lb ft of torque, putting it ahead of rivals like the Renaultsport Megane 250 and even the four-wheel-drive VW Golf R.
In order to transmit this power to the road through just the front wheels the VXR has a new limited slip differential which works in tandem with the same HiPerStrut suspension that features on the regular GTC.
Other changes include high performance Brembo brakes and Vauxhall’s adaptive FlexRide system, which means Sport and VXR buttons providing different levels of damper, throttle and steering response. The new Astra VXR is due to go on sale in the summer.
Vauxhall will also use Geneva to debut the new Mini Countryman and Skoda Yeti rival, the Mokka.
It will be available with a range of petrol and diesel engines and a choice of two or four-wheel-drive when it goes on sale towards the end of 2012.