Fastest front-wheel-drive Vauxhall ever gets over 300bhp from 2.0-litre turbo engine and can reach 60mph in 5.9sec, coming to the UK in 2015

The Vauxhall Astra VXR Exteme, which received its world debut at the Geneva motor show last week, has been shown in an official video from twin brand Opel.

Already confirmed as coming to the UK in low volumes from next year, the Astra VXR Exteme is the most powerful front-wheel drive car in Vauxhall's history.

The VXR Exteme develops "over 300bhp" from its 2.0-litre turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine. The powerplant, which also features variable cam phasing, drives through a six-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential.

By comparison, Standard VXRs produce 276bhp at 5300rpm and 295lb ft at 2400-4800rpm, allowing for 0-60mph in 5.9sec and a top speed of 155mph.

Vauxhall says the concept is 100kg lighter than the standard Astra VXR, in part thanks to the use of aluminium in place of steel, and the use of carbonfibre in the roof, bonnet, rear wing, diffuser, front spoiler, suspension cross-brace, rear wheelhouse vents and the wheels themselves.

The front wings are pressed from aluminium instead of steel and weigh just 0.8kg each, instead of 2.2kg for the standard VXR's steel wings, while the carbonfibre roof weighs just 2.6kg compared with 9.3kg for the standard VXR's steel roof.

Vauxhall claims that the weight saving measures and the car's lowered centre of gravity "greatly improve agility and overall handling". 

The Extreme also gets 370mm discs and six-piston Brembo calipers on the front wheels and specially developed "ultra-high-performance" 245/35 19in tyres. Inside, Recaro seats and six-point safety belts feature, while a roll cage sits in place of the rear seats.

While official pricing has yet to be revealed, a significant premium over the £27,260 asked for the standard Astra VXR is expected.

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26 February 2014
Should Honda be scared that this is going to tread on their toes going for the FWD ring record? Surely this is just Vauxhalls version of Renaults old stripped out Megane R26R

26 February 2014
Yes, however there is always Mugen.

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26 February 2014
5.9 to 60? Isnt that slower than the VXR and the Insignia VXR?

16 March 2014
Sam_notts wrote:

5.9 to 60? Isnt that slower than the VXR and the Insignia VXR?

Actually this magazine's road test put the VXR's 0>60 time at 6.4 seconds, with the qualifier that trying to push any faster led to the clutch smelling and the feeling that the car would not be able to be driven home.
BTW, there is no way I would buy a car that looks so much like a chav's boy-racer special.

 

I'm a disillusioned former Citroëniste.

26 February 2014
This has to be Vauxhall's version of the bubble and squeak.

Slap on some bits from different part bins in GM and hey presto our old Astra that lags behind the well established Focus ST and even further behind the cult status if the RS, will suddenly attract the same interest!

Dream on Vauxhall dream on!

27 February 2014
it's 100kg lighter than the boggo VXR then it's still too heavy!

15 March 2014
Maybe it's the color,but,it looks like a badly body kitted Astra,plus, it wasn't exactly being driven hard, why?,plus inside it didn't look vastly different inside from a mid spec Astra, i hope GM give us a proper bonkers Astra,not this tame effort.

Peter Cavellini.

15 March 2014
For a brief moment (0:24) I thought it was Tiff Needell only 30 years ago. Jeremy Clarkson will perhaps like this car's flamboyant styling.

16 March 2014
Nice looking car car, but bearing in mind it's a performance car, why isn't it being driven faster..? The driver went through almost all of the gears, and the speedo wasn't even on 50....!!!!!!!

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