Stripped-out new high-performance VXR Extreme to become the fastest and most powerful production Astra to date

Vauxhall has confirmed the launch of a stripped-out hardcore variant of the Astra VXR, called the Extreme.

The Geneva motor show star will be the fastest and most powerful production Astra road car made by the manufacturer so far. 

The Extreme is based on the 2013 Opel Astra Cup race car and features a host of race-bred modifications, including racing seats, six-point harnesses, aerodynamic upgrades and the extensive use of carbonfibre. 

Astra Cup racers also feature carbonfibre doors and a carbonfibre bonnet, which could feature in the new Vauxhall Astra VXR Extreme.

Other changes for the Extreme include the addition of a more aggressive-looking quad-exit exhaust system, compared to the standard car's twin-exit system, new bumpers, a large fixed rear wing and bespoke wheels and tyres. 

No technical specifications of the Astra VXR Extreme have been announced ahead of its Geneva reveal in March but it's thought the car will offer more than 300bhp, compared to the normal VXR's 276bhp.

Standard VXRs utilise a 2.0-litre turbocharged direct-injection engine that produces 276bhp at 5300rpm and 295 lb ft at 2400-4800rpm, allowing for 0-60mph in 5.9sec and a top speed of 155mph.

The Astra Cup cars produce a higher 296bhp at 5600rpm and a similar amount of torque, however, with their additional weight reduction further improving their performance.

The launch of the Vauxhall Astra VXR Extreme concept, which will be the basis for a future low-volume production model, will coincide with the tenth anniversary of the VXR brand.

Pricing is yet to be announced but expect the Extreme to command a significant premium over the the standard Astra VXR, which costs £27,260.

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30 January 2014
I like the idea of a more extreme Astra, but would prefer a more 'evocative' name like Cup or Cup Racer or even just calling it the VXR-CR.
I also think it would help if Vauxhall followed a similar program to Renault and Citroen in using exotic materials like Carbon fibre and additional weigh saving measures like removing the rear seats, fitting a race cage in its place, stripping out some luxury kit along with fitting plastic side rear windows.
Just a thought....

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30 January 2014
Marv wrote:

I also think it would help if Vauxhall followed a similar program to Renault and Citroen in using exotic materials like Carbon fibre and additional weigh saving measures like removing the rear seats, fitting a race cage in its place, stripping out some luxury kit along with fitting plastic side rear windows.

Renault UK had trouble shifting the R26R even though there was a substantial fan base for the car and good will towards them for having the balls to do it in the first place. I think other manufacturers will be wary of going down this route in future, instead keeping much of the 'luxury' kit. As much as car fans love it when manufacturers go a bit nuts, not enough of us buy the end product.


30 January 2014
Did Citroen have any trouble shifting their UK allocation of DS3 Racings?
I suppose the car in question has to have a substantial following to guarantee enough sales to cover the investment, I suppose in the way Porsche never appear to struggle to sell GT3, Clubsports and the like.

"Why is http://www.nanoflowcell.com not getting more media attention? It could be the future... Now!"

30 January 2014
Nothing new in this concept,are they trying to say this will be special?

Peter Cavellini.

31 January 2014
Who's everybody?? Name 5 mainstream manufacturers who will be offering a hot hatch with a roll cage and 6 point harnesses. And don't pull the "this is only a concept" trick, it's obviously there to gauge the interest before releasing it in limited numbers

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