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Hot on the heels of the recently launched GTC, these are the first official pics of the new Astra VXR, which goes on sale next year and is set to become one of the most powerful hot hatch in its class and the fastest production Astra in Vauxhall’s / Opel history.
Based on the GTC’s platform and powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged direct injection engine, the Astra VXR produces 280hp of power and a mighty 400Nm of torque, enough for it to achieve a top speed of a Limited 155mph.
The damping is electronically modified via a “VXR” button which tightens up the suspension and firms up the damping settings for a more precision road handling.
We expect the car to be priced around the 25k Sterling to be competitive with the Megane 250 and the Focus ST.
This car has had some serious testing across at the Nürburgring so expect a video of a laptime to be released Soon! (Thanks Tom)
Today we spotted the three door Opel Astra GTC / OPC lapping the Nurburgring Nordschleife in heavy Camouflage.
The Astra GTC power output is expected to be around 296 bhp and powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. There is not a lot of detailing revealed as it is still heavily camouflaged with the usual rear pod lights.
Today our spy spotted the 2011-12 Vauxhall Astra GTC testing on the Northloop at the Nürburgring.
The next-gen Astra VXR/GTC speculation suggests that the 2011 Astra coupe in vxr/opc spec will use a 300-horsepower engine, aiming its targets at the Renault Megane 250 cup and the mighty Focus RS from Ford.
One thing it looks like they have moved the rear exhaust from the center and adopted for a uglier exhaust system, but this could also be part of the mule guise.
Keep your eyes open for the model to start it’s strip tease towards the release at Paris or Frankfurt later on this year. 407435|270407438|270407441|270407444|270